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Don’t turn your nose up at the UFC 276 Prelims! Cowboy Cerrone and Jim Miller are pitted against each other in a veteran battle for the title of BCM (Baddest Company Man). BTEC Conor McGregor, Ian Garry, is also wheeled out in hopes of delivering something worthy of a marketing package. Also, a sneaky FOTN contender features far down between gatekeeper, Brad Tavares, and all-action prospect, Dricus Du Plessis.

Where/When is UFC 276 Prelims taking place:
July 2, 2022. T-Mobile Arena. Nevada, United States.

What time does UFC 276 Prelims start:
🇬🇧 UK: 11pm / 🇺🇸 US ET: 6pm

What channel is UFC 276 Prelims on:
🇬🇧 UK: BT Sports / 🇺🇸 US: ESPN+

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UFC 276 Preliminary Card Picks & Odds

UFC 276 Preliminary Card Fights & OddsWinnerMethodRound
Brad Riddell (+115)
Jalin Turner (-135)
RiddellDecision/
Ian Garry (-165)
Gabe Green (+140)
GarryTKO2
Donald Cerrone (+180)
Jim Miller (-210)
MillerTKO1
Uriah Hall (+230)
Andre Muniz (-275)
MunizSubmission1
Jessica Eye (+200)
Maycee Barber (-240)
BarberDecision/
Brad Tavares (+105)
Dricus Du Plessis (-125)
TavaresDecision/
Jessica-Rose Clark (-140)
Julija Stoliarenko (+120)
StoliarenkoDecision/
Odds are based on BestFightOdds.com. All odds of 28 June 2022..

UFC 276: Preliminary Card

Brad Riddell vs Jalin Turner

Lightweight (155)

Brad Riddell (10-2)

The wily old counter-puncher finally met his match last time out against Rafael Fiziev. The Kiwi set about his work in typical fashion, taking damage early while making necessary reads. Unfortunately, against such a fearsome striker and former trainer partner, Riddell was caught with a peach of a wheel kick. It was a razor-thin affair, however, and Riddell more than proved his worth as one of the more underrated names in the Lightweight division. Turner certainly cracks hard, but it’s too early to doubt the Kiwi’s chin just yet.

Jalin Turner (12-5)

The Tarantula seems to have pieced the puzzle together after close to twenty fights. A freakish 6’3″ frame for Lightweight, Turner struggled to use his length to the best effect during his early UFC days. Granted, meeting Vicente Luque in your debut is a sobering affair. Turner’s defence largely relies on the ‘ol tall guy lean back, but he often keeps opponents shelled up on the outside. Turner is right-hand dominant, which Riddell will make reads on early, but the Tarantula is also a threat in the clinch with driving knees.

Predicted Result: Riddell Decision

Jalin Turner looks a different beast from his UFC debut. Far more confident in his freakish 6’3″ frame, Turner may be a little right-hand dominant yet his kicks off the lead leg are brutally effective. Intercepting knees and refined clinch striking are also welcome additions to the Tarantula’s arsenal. Still, Brad Riddell is a proven entity against quality opposition. Although Fiziev cracked the Kiwi’s chin, it is too early to doubt the slick counter-punchers durability. Turner’s TDD and gas tank remain red flags until proven otherwise.

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Ian Garry vs Gabe Green

Welterweight (170)

Ian Garry (9-0)

Conor McGregor, this man is not. That isn’t to say the Irishman can’t improve or carve out an entertaining career himself, but currently, Garry’s only win of note is a decision over Jack Grant. Far less willing to push a furious pace against Darian Weeks after an early scare against Jordan Williams, Garry exhibited a disciplined striking display. Garry needs to tie together his feints with strikes more fluidly, aimlessly twitching with his hip and shoulder to no avail against Weeks.

Gabe Green (11-3)

Can Gabe Green take Ian Garry down? The Irishman showed adequate TDD chops against Weeks, and his lateral movement often keeps his back off the cage. Green isn’t a polished boxer, but his volume is very impressive. Constantly bouncing and pumping his jab, it’ll be a double-edged sword against Garry. On the one hand, Green will regularly walk himself onto Garry’s long counters. On the other, Green will set a furious pace that has wilted many fighters before.

Predicted Result: Garry TKO Round 2

Green isn’t a polished boxer, but his volume is very impressive. Constantly bouncing and pumping his jab, it’ll be a double-edged sword against Garry. On the one hand, Green will regularly walk himself onto Garry’s long counters. On the other, Green will set a furious pace that has wilted many fighters before. If, as expected, Green cannot buy some time on the ground – his inability to enter from different angles will be punished.

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Will Ian Garry always be masked in McGregor’s shadow?

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Donald Cerrone vs Jim Miller

Welterweight (170)

Donald Cerrone (36-16)

The UFC has grown tired of repeat scheduling Cerrone and Lauzon, so they have decided to give their old vet a tougher match-up? Cerrone’s first-round dismantling at the hands of Alex Morono was very worrying. Granted, Cowboy has never been a fast starter, but he is increasingly incapable of building momentum. Miller, like Lauzon, is an early-round threat that continues to carry power, indicating that Cerrone could well be iced in the first round for the third time in six fights. Unable to match the pace of opponents, Cerrone lacks the threat of his famous kicks. Still, there remains a high level of TDD and criminally underrated grappling skillset in his game.

Jim Miller (34-16)

For all the (deserved) hate that Cerrone has received in the twilight of his career, Miller is the ‘morally good’ version of a company fighter. For the past few years now, Miller has continued to stun prospects with incomplete skillsets. A-10 has a canny knack for finding an opponent’s back and is a lethal punisher once latched on. Most surprising is the recent pop to Miller’s punches, securing two TKOs in his last two fights. Miller’s leg kicks are a consistent weapon that takes up an opponent’s attention away from his fast flurries of hooks.

Predicted Result: Miller TKO Round 1

For the past few years now, Miller has continued to stun prospects with incomplete skillsets. A-10 has a canny knack for finding an opponent’s back and is a lethal punisher once latched on. Cowboy has never been a fast starter, but he is increasingly incapable of building momentum. Miller, like Lauzon, is an early-round threat that continues to carry power, indicating that Cerrone could well be iced in the first round for the third time in six fights.

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Uriah Hall vs Andre Muniz

Middleweight (185)

Uriah Hall (17-10)

Damn, Prime Time really did Prime Decline. Somehow, my mind deleted Hall’s four-fight win streak from 2018-2021. The ship has set sail for Hall to change up his tactics, but the heavy-handed counter-puncher is still a tough night’s work on the feet for most in the Middleweight division. Hall’s issues have long been inactivity as he waits for the perfect counter opportunity and an inability to keep himself off the mat.

Andre Muniz (22-4)

Andre Muniz deserves a greater push than the media and UFC brass are currently providing. The Brazilian is on a three-fight, first-round submission spree over solid names. Muniz’s hands are sluggish and telegraphed, but his sole intent is to take the fight to the ground. Once on the mat, Muniz wastes no time chasing speculative submissions. This does allow opponents to return to their feet, but Muniz often maintains some form of hook to extend grappling exchanges.

Predicted Result: Muniz Submission Round 1

Muniz’s hands are sluggish and telegraphed, but his sole intent is to take the fight to the ground. Once on the mat, Muniz wastes no time chasing speculative submissions. This does allow opponents to return to their feet, but Hall can be broken through extended grappling exchanges. Prime Time remains a threatening counter-striker and considering Muniz’s telegraphed takedowns, there is a strong potential of the Brazilian getting chinned. It’s too difficult to tell what version of Hall will rock up on Saturday, to be safely back him, however.

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Jessica Eye vs Maycee Barber

Women’s Flyweight (125)

Jessica Eye (15-10)

Remember when Jessica Eye and Cynthia Calvillo were a main event? Pintsized remembers. Eye has been out of sorts since Queen Valentina kicked the contender into dreamland. Eye thrives when she is the more physically imposing fighter, which will be met with equal gusto by Maycee ‘vibes’ Barber. As a form fighter, this has a retirement fight feel to it.

Maycee Barber (10-2)

This newsflash is for all the Maycee Barber stans out there – she isn’t very good currently. No doubt, without enough time and proper matchmaking, Barber can flesh out her skillset. Barber gets by on her physicality and volume, possibly coming a cropper against a savvier technician in Eye. Eye will look to wrestle, yet Barber’s scrambles are surprisingly decent and can cause havoc from the top.

Predicted Result: Barber Decision

Eye thrives when she is the more physically imposing fighter, which will be met with equal gusto by Maycee Barber. Barber isn’t the glittering prospect that the UFC first thought, but The Future can get by on her physicality and volume as she fleshes out her skillset. Eye is the more proven entity, yet as a form fighter, this does have all the trimmings of a sad retirement fight.

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Brad Tavares vs Dricus Du Plessis

Middleweight (185)

Brad Tavares (19-6)

Tucked neatly away in the early prelims, this is a cracker of a test for the South African. Tavares has been the striking gatekeeper at Middleweight for nearly a decade and is coming off two impressive wins over Omari Akhmedov and Antonio Carlos Junior. Durable, difficult to takedown and relatively slick defensively, Tavares has the tools to take this late and punish a tiring Du Plessis during one of his wild flurries.

Dricus Du Plessis (16-2)

A heavy-handed, high-volume pressure fighter that is all-action. There’s a lot to love about the Saffer but I haven’t committed myself fully behind his hype train. Uncontrolled aggression pays dividends against regional opponents but eventually filters out towards the upper echelons. Icing Trevin Giles has gone some way to put my doubts to bed.

Predicted Result: Tavares Decision

Durable, difficult to takedown and relatively slick defensively, Tavares has the tools to take this late and punish a tiring Du Plessis during one of his wild flurries. Du Plessis at times is uncontrolled with his aggression and is begging to be countered. To be fair to the Saffer, icing Trevin Giles with ease has gone some way to suggesting his style can carry him up the ladder.

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Jessica-Rose Clark vs Julija Stoliarenko

Women’s Bantamweight (135)

Jessica-Rose Clark (11-7)

Apologies if this is brief, but this is a garbage tier fight. Jessy Jess was utterly mauled on the mat by Stephanie Egger after walking straight into her opponent’s preferred gameplan. I wouldn’t be surprised if she managed to fall head-first (or arm-first, in this case) into Stoliarenko’s one trap.

Julija Stoliarenko (9-6-1)

A one-trick pony, Stoliarenko is very much a ‘secure armbar or die’ type of fighter. The Lithuanian has more than proven her guts by eating her fair share of punishment on the feet against Kunitskaya, Davis and Avila. Clark by decision is the safe call, I’m opting for Stoliarenko meme magic. In fairness, Stoliarenko was never going to trap the extremely experienced Alexis Davis in a sub, but the Lithuanian did show tighter boxing.

Predicted Result: Stoliarenko Decision

A one-trick pony, Stoliarenko is very much a ‘secure armbar or die’ type of fighter. Clark by decision is the safe call but I’m opting for Stoliarenko meme magic. The Lithuanian’s boxing looked far improved in her last outing against Alexis Davis, and you simply cannot write off Clark walking head-first (or arm-first, in this instance) into her opponent’s preferred fight.

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