UFC Vegas 55: Holm vs. Vieira Prediction, Tips & Odds – May. 21, 2022 01:00 CET
And this weekend in Vegas, Apex, another very exciting UFC event awaits us. After Aleksandar Rakić lost the match very unhappily, injuring his knee at the beginning of the third round, two fighters from Serbia and one Macedonian will perform this weekend. The event will be led by former UFC champion Holly Holm. The most anticipated match is the fight between the Latin Americans, the Argentine Ponzinibbi, and the super attractive Pereira.
As usual, our bet experts have selected some of the most exciting fights for you, and on our site in the Picks section, you can read the analysis of those matches.
Holly Holm vs. Ketlen Vieria
The former bantamweight champion is returning to the octagon after two years. The great boxer, who recently turned 40, is still in great physical shape. After a heavy defeat by Amanda Nunes, she fought two matches in which she defeated Raquel Pennington and Irene Aldana very convincingly. A former world boxing champion, she has adapted well to MMA, with great hand and foot combinations, and has a great defense. As a fighter she is very explosive and has high hips and is very difficult to knockdown. This segment will be very important against the Brazilian.
Ketlen Vieira comes directly from the forests of the Amazon. She is ten years younger than Holm and stylistically completely opposite. She is a master of BJJ and Judo. The last match was won by Mieshu Tate. He mostly won his fights thanks to wrestling and control on the ground floor. There are defensive problems in the stand that Holm could take advantage of. Holm is hard to knock down, and that segment could decide the match.
Our prediction is Holly Holm to win, with odds 1.46
Don’t look now but 40-year-old Holly Holm could be closing in on yet another UFC title shot entering Saturday’s return vs. Ketlen Viera
— Brian Campbell (@BCampbell) May 20, 2022
Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Michel Pereira
And the most interesting match awaits us in the welterweight category, not only because it is a duel between the Argentine and the Brazilian, but because it is about two super attractive fighters who love stand-up fighting and who are very strong and enduring.
Ponzinibbio was out of the Octagon for almost three years and was in a very difficult health situation. Before that illness, he had an excellent streak of seven wins, but since returning to the Octagon he is not the same fighter, he has a score of 1-2. He lost the last match to the referee’s decision.
Pereira has fought in the middleweight division for a long time, but has dropped into welterweight and feels much more comfortable. He’s bigger than the whole division. He is in a series of four victories and he won the last three fights on the decisions of the judges. Pereira is one of the most attractive fighters in the UFC, throws a lot of flying knees, and is often there to entertain audiences. It is also very durable and can receive many blows.
Our prediction is Over 1.5 rounds, with odds 1.65
— danawhite (@danawhite) May 20, 2022