UFC Fight Night 51 Silva vs Arlovski Picks

Another week rolls by and another UFC Fight Night to look forward to. This time UFC Fight Night 51 is being held in Brasilia, Brazil. As you would expect it is packed with Brazilian fighters, which is always a good thing as they fight hard in front of their loud, passionate, home fans. It is a decent card top to bottom as the UFC continue to leave a good impression behind as they look to capture more of the Brazilian audience.

Like most cards there has been a few changes due to injury in the run up to the event, however deep into fight week now we should not expect the card to change again.

My UFC Fight Night 51 fight picks are as follows:

Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva vs Andrei Arlovski

This is a rematch from several years ago in a different promotion. Although both fighters are very different now, Silva won that fight by unanimous decision and both fighters will have that in the back of their minds. Arlovski’s chin is nowhere as durable as it used to be, and with a heavy-handed behemoth like Silva it’s a recipe for a short night.

Pick: Silva

Gleison Tibau vs Piotr Hallmann

Tibau is one of the most experienced fighters on the UFC payroll. With ups and downs in his long UFC stint some wonder where exactly he fits in to the rankings. One thing is for sure, if you want to be noticed and make a title run you need to get past him. Hallmann has looked impressive in his short stint, but in-front of this hostile crowd his real test will come.

Pick: Tibau

Leonardo Santos vs Efrain Escudero

Escudero was outed with a bad taste in his mouth after missing weight in his last UFC appearance. After notching up some wins on smaller shows he has been invited back, but not without a stiff challenge in Santos.

Pick: Santos

Rani Yahya vs Johnny Bedford

This is an interesting match, they fought a few months back and the fight ended with an accidental headbutt knocking Yahya out. Bedford thought he deserved the win and was less than happy, expect him to come in emotional and guns blazing.

Pick: Bedford

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