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The featured prelim for UFC 279, Hakeem Dawodu vs Julian Erosa, may not boast much star power, yet it offers an intriguing striking battle between two of the more exciting Featherweights. Lower down the prelims, there’s room for comedy between the two fat lads, Jake Collier and Chris Barnett.

Where/When is UFC 279 Prelims taking place:
September 10, 2022. T-Mobile Arena. Nevada, United States.

What time does UFC 279 Prelims start:
🇬🇧 UK: 11pm / 🇺🇸 US ET: 6pm

What channel is UFC 279 Prelims on:
🇬🇧 UK: BT Sports / 🇺🇸 US: ESPN+

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UFC 279 Prelims Picks & Odds

UFC 279 Prelims
Fights & Odds
WinnerMethodRound
Hakeem Dawodu (-215)
Julian Erosa (+185)
DawoduDecision/
Jailton Almeida (-660)
Anton Turkalj (+490)
AlmeidaSubmission1
Jamie Pickett (-130)
Denis Tiuliulin (+110)
PickettDecision/
Jake Collier (-410)
Chris Barnett (+330)
CollierDecision/
Norma Dumont (-390)
Danyelle Wolf (+320)
DumontSubmission2
Chad Anheliger (+145)
Heili Alateng (-170)
AlatengTKO3
Elise Reed (+145)
Melissa Martinez (-170)
MartinezDecision/
Darian Weeks (-120)
Yohan Lainesse (+100)
WeeksDecision/
Odds are based on BestFightOdds.com. All odds of 9 September 2022.

UFC 279: Preliminary Card

Hakeem Dawodu vs Julian Erosa

Featherweight (145)

Hakeem Dawodu (13-2-1)

This is make or break for Hakeem Dawodu. The Canadian is a striking scholar, but he has failed to ignite his career after a one-fight-a-year streak. Dawodu’s masterful distance control and timing offer sharp, natural counter-punching – but they are more often strong pieces than a cohesive game.

Julian Erosa (27-9)

For all of Dawodu’s striking prowess, Erosa could still win this through a typically gusty front-foot performance. Erosa is always a fun fighter to watch, willingly delivering a brawl from the opening bell. The veteran has become a better judge of distance and timing over his punishing career, but his non-existent defence will leave him unable to win a pure kickboxing affair on the outside.

Predicted Result: Dawodu Decision

Dawodu’s masterful distance control and timing offer sharp, natural counter-punching – but they are more often strong pieces than a cohesive game. Erosa could still win this through a typically gusty front-foot performance. The veteran has ironed out more technical front-foot striking over his punishing career, yet his non-existent defence will leave him unable to win a pure kickboxing affair on the outside. If Erosa is to win, he will have to eat a ton of punishment – never an easy back.

You're never in for a boring fight when Erosa enters the octagon | Hakeem Dawodu vs Julian Erosa Prediction, Odds, Analysis and Result
You’re never in for a boring fight when Erosa enters the octagon

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Jailton Almeida vs Anton Turkalj

Catchweight (220)

Jailton Almeida (16-2)

Almeida works his way down from Heavyweight back to 220lbs, a grey area where the Brazilian should prove to be a physical beast. We are still yet to see how Almeida can manoeuvre in the later rounds against UFC-level competition. Nevertheless, his early-round wrestling and submission arsenal is equal parts fun and lethal.

Anton Turkalj (8-0)

Undefeated Swedish DWCS winner, Anton Turkalj, is a finishing machine on the feet. The Pleasure Man is a late replacement and comes from a relatively unknown gym, but he still provides a minor stand-up threat. Turkalj’s striking relies more on physicality than technicals and it should show against a vastly superior opponent.

Predicted Result: Almeida Submission Round 1

Almeida works his way down from Heavyweight back to 220lbs, a grey area where the Brazilian should prove to be a physical beast. We are still yet to see how Almeida can manoeuvre in the later rounds against UFC-level competition. Anton Turkalj is not UFC-calibre, or at least, not yet proven. Turkalj fights like a man who has only spent three years in an octagon, with his striking relying more on physicality than technicals.

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There is absolutely no way that Almeida isn’t juiced to the gills

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Jamie Pickett vs Denis Tiuliulin

Middleweight (185)

Jamie Pickett (13-7)

For some strange reason, they kept this booking after it was rescheduled from early July. I can’t imagine many fans crying out for this bottom-of-the-barrel Middleweight scrap. Pickett is a durable wrestle-boxer who, despite owning an imposing Middleweight physique, is often incapable of utilising his athletic gifts. Pickett will be offered time to find his feet against Tiuliulin, but neither man will opt to dictate proceedings.

Denis Tiuliulin (10-6)

Tiuliulin carries heavy artillery that often fails to find the mark as a result of his messy, unorthodox striking. It’s a coin-flip as to whether Pickett imposes his weight and presses an opponent to the cage or not. If Tiuliulin is lucky enough to face a patient Pickett, the Russian will eventually land something meaningful.

Predicted Result: Pickett Decision

Pickett is a durable wrestle-boxer who, despite owning an imposing Middleweight physique, is often incapable of utilising his athletic gifts. Meanwhile, Tiuliulin carries heavy artillery that often fails to find the mark as a result of his messy, unorthodox striking. Tiuliulin’s consistent aggression is the safest to back, but he is a terribly flawed fighter with a padded record. I’m backing Pickett to be offered enough time early to find his feet.

Tiuliulin is a beefcake, but offers little else | Jamie Pickett vs Denis Tiuliulin Prediction, Odds, Analysis and Result
Tiuliulin is a beefcake, but offers little else

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Jake Collier vs Chris Barnett

Heavyweight (265)

Jake Collier (13-7)

One of the busiest Heavyweights on the roster, the Prototype benefits heavily from owning a technical base in a disgusting poor division. Sure, Collier is vastly overweight and lacks the athletic frame to climb the ladder, but he can box blistering circles around the heavy-handed single-strikers of 265lbs.

Chris Barnett (22-8)

The heaviest weight miss of all time. Barnett has been going through it this year, unfortunately losing his wife just before his last fight with Martin Buday. After missing weight again, there remain red flags about whether Barnett is in the right frame of mind to return to fighting so soon. If not, Barnett is an entertaining, situational fighter who bases his entire game on unexpected, explosive strikes. There are few paths to victories for Barnett outside of catching opponents cold – but this is Heavyweight.

Predicted Result: Collier Decision

Collier is vastly overweight and lacks the athletic frame to climb the ladder, but he can box blistering circles around the heavy-handed single-strikers of 265lbs. After missing weight again, there remain red flags about whether Barnett is in the right frame of mind to return to fighting so soon after his wife’s passing. Barnett’s unorthodox, explosive striking catches the eye, but it limits his path to victory against every opponent.

You may not like it, but this is peak physical performance | Jake Collier vs Chris Barnett Prediction, Odds, Analysis and Result
You may not like it, but this is peak physical performance

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Norma Dumont vs Danyelle Wolf

Featherweight (145)

Norma Dumont (7-2)

A solid counter-puncher, Dumont excels in the pocket rather than at distance. If anything, Dumont’s success on the inside stems from her willingness to commit to combinations. On the outside, the Brazilian has a decent sense of distance control, yet her frame often leaves her chasing fights.

Danyelle Wolf (1-0)

Three-time USA Boxing National Champion, Danyelle Wolf, continues her brief transition to MMA with a second-fight UFC debut. After failing to make the US Olympic Boxing team in 2020, she has since set her sights on MMA. Super raw, Wolf still looked strong on the feet in the DWCS. This feels like a brutal booking, hopefully, I’ll be proven wrong.

Predicted Result: Dumont Submission Round 2

Three-time USA Boxing National Champion, Danyelle Wolf, continues her brief transition to MMA with a second-fight UFC debut. Dumont is a proven UFC-quality fighter, however, whilst Wolf looked incredibly raw on her DWCS appearance. This feels like a brutal booking, hopefully, I’ll be proven wrong, but there doesn’t seem like Dumont will find issues in walking through her green opponent.

Wolf leaps up in competition at a very strange weight class | Norma Dumont vs Danyelle Wolf Prediction, Odds, Analysis and Result
Wolf leaps up in competition at a very strange weight class

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Chad Anheliger vs Heili Alateng

Bantamweight (135)

Chad Anheliger (12-5)

As expected, Anheliger was able to ride his chin through early trouble against Jesse Strader before coming on strong later down the line. Time is not on Anheliger’s side, especially considering the meta and quality at Bantamweight. Strader will consistently look to out-pressure, out-volume opponents which may come undone against Alateng’s heavy hands and calm under fire.

Heili Alateng (15-8-2)

The Mongolian Knight hits really, really hard and is more than capable of weathering a storm to land one solid shot. Alateng can be out-worked, Casey Kenney danced circles around the Mongolian on his UFC debut. Anheliger lacks the striking variety and lateral footwork of Kenney, however, and will eventually be slowed by Alateng’s clubbing counters.

Predicted Result: Alateng TKO Round 3

Alateng can be out-worked, Casey Kenney danced circles around the Mongolian on his UFC debut. Anheliger lacks the striking variety and lateral footwork of Kenney, however, and will eventually be slowed by Alateng’s clubbing counters.

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The Canadian could provide a few fireworks during his unexpected UFC tenure

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Elise Reed vs Melissa Martinez

Women’s Strawweight (115)

Elise Reed (5-2)

Reed is a decently powerful single-pot shotter with a decent level of creativity, yet she falls apart against opponents who are comfortable leading a fight. Given space and timing, Reed can piece together her combinations. In a sloppy division of body grapplers, Reed will rarely find herself given free rein to pick apart opponents.

Melissa Martinez (7-0)

Super Melly is a heavy-pressure fighter who owns the tools to keep Reed’s best weapons locked within her locker. Martinez does have a tendency to disengage after a combination and sit at striking range – an area that Reed’s punches in bunches could exploit.

Predicted Result: Martinez Decision

Super Melly is a heavy-pressure fighter who owns the tools to keep Reed’s best weapons locked within her locker. Martinez does have a tendency to disengage after a combination and sit at striking range – an area that Reed’s punches in bunches could exploit. Still, if Reed isn’t offered time or space, she struggles to string together a consistent offence.

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Is Super Melly set to be Mexico’s next champ?

Darian Weeks vs Yohan Lainesse

Welterweight (170)

Darian Weeks (5-2)

Weeks is a fighter that is worth keeping an eye on. The American has power and the ability to rough up people on the inside. Moreover, Weeks has a wrestling base that could be built upon. The main flaw is Weeks’ unnatural defence, as seen against Garry, unable to fluidly intertwine strikes with movement.

Yohan Lainesse (8-1)

It wasn’t quite the UFC debut expected of Lainesse; crushed by Gabe Green in the second round. The Canadian remained true to his first-round threat, unleashing a barrage of aggressive combinations that had Green reeling. There is a surprising wrestling trump card up Lainesse’s pocket, yet expect more of the same punishing inside work on the feet on Saturday.

Predicted Result: Weeks Decision

There is a surprising wrestling trump card up Lainesse’s pocket, yet expect more of the same punishing inside work on the feet on Saturday. Weeks is hardly a defensive savant, there is a genuine possibility that Lainesse kickstarts the card with an early finish. I’m backing the vastly experienced American to match Lainesse on the inside whilst threatening takedowns.

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Weeks proved his worth by sticking it out against a savvier striker in Ian Garry

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