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Joaquim Silva vs. Nazareno Malegarie MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/5/15

Nazareno Malegarie (27-3) vs. Joaquim Silva (7-0)

MMA: Sunday, September 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm (MGM Grand Garden Arena)

The Line: Silva +135 / Malegarie -155 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: UFC Fight Pass

Joaquim Silva and Nazareno Malegarie fight Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Joaquim Silva enters this fight with a 7-0 record and has won 57 percent of his fights by knockout. This is Silva’s first fight of 2015, and he’s coming off a September victory over Leandro Vasconcelos. Silva has not had a fight that’s gone past the first round and his last fight lasted just six seconds. When I see that, I immediately question Silva’s competition level and his cardio, as he hasn’t proven he can be effective in a longer fight. Still, Silva has earned his spot on the big stage, and he packs a sweet punch that can knock his opponent out if he connects. Silva has also shown that he can end a fight quickly on the canvas, as he has three submission victories under his belt. Silva is somebody worth keeping an eye on as he makes his UFC debut.

Joaquim Silva vs. Nazareno Malegarie MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/5/15

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Nazareno Malegarie enters this fight with a 27-3 record and has won 57 percent of his fights by submission. Malegarie has won his last six fights and is coming off a March victory over Derinaldo Guerra da Silva. Malegarie is an extremely talented grappler who is most comfortable on the canvas and has won his last three bouts by a first round submission. Malegarie is aggressive at getting his opponent on the canvas and knows how to end a fight rather quickly if the opportunity opens up. Malegarie also has a tested chin, as all three of his losses in 30 fights have come by decision. The concern I have is that Malegarie isn’t much of a striker and doesn’t pack much of a punch. Malegarie has to have his fight his way or he loses most of the time.

This should be an interesting fight, as these guys know each other fairly well and were teammates at one point. This fight could go either way.

However, Silva has never been put in a long, drawn out fight and isn’t as polished as Malegarie is on the canvas. I’m going with the grappler over the striker in this one.

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