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Even in a losing effort against Anthony Pettis, Oliveira raised his stock. He finally seems to have made good on his potential, and while he might not be at a championship level, he’s pretty close. But so is Lamas, which is what makes this fight tough to call. Lamas’ best chance to win is to put Oliveira on his back and grind out a decision, but the Brazilian is so crafty that he is nearly as dangerous from there as when he’s standing. Oliveira just has too many weapons.
Oliveira, unanimous decision
Love this fight, and I’ll fall in-line with the boys here. Lamas is most effective when he can wrestle, but Oliveira’s ground game will cause him to be overly cautious. Oliveira will be able to use his length on the feet to stay out of danger of a big right hand. The frustration will get to Lamas who’ll charge in and get caught in a guillotine.
Oliveira, submission, Rd. 2
Oliveira suffered a disappointing loss to Anthony Pettis not long ago, but he’s still an exceptional fighter. Unless Lamas can surprise him with a smooth punch, I’m expecting Oliveira to out-work him early, and make him tap late.
Oliveira, submission, Rd. 3