#UFCChile Predictions: Botelho vs Kondo, Macedo vs Lee, Grasso vs Suarez

Tonight, UFC Fight Night 129  touches down in Santiago, Chile,  with three exciting women’s bouts that are sure to steal the show!

On the FS Prelims, prospects Poliana Botelho and Syuri Kondo will look to put together a promotional win streak in what will be each women’s sophomore appearance. The second fight on the main card will see Andrea “KGB” Lee make her highly anticipated UFC debut versus talented Venezuelan Veronica Macedo. Finally, in the co-main event of the night, Mexican prospect and former Invicta FC standout Alexa Grasso meets unbeaten TUF 23 winner Tatiana Suarez.

Before the bell sounds, the WMMA Rankings panel share their predictions for the tonight’s fights below!

POLIANA BOTELHO VS SYURI KONDO

JILL: Without a doubt, Poliana Botelho’s striking game will be on point in Chile. Having proved that she can stand toe-to-toe with someone like of Pearl Gonzalez and come out on top, she is not to be underestimated. Syuri Kondo is a worthy contender in her own right. She may have what it takes to out-box our out-point Botelho, but I just don’t know that we’ll see it. I going with Botelho by TKO.

PICK – POLIANA BOTELHO


TERENCE: Kondo is a Pancrase veteran who is undefeated and debuted in the Octagon with a win against Chan Mi Jeon. Botelho has only lost once, to a quality opponent in Viviane Pereira. it could be a close fight, but I expect Botelho’s striking prowess to carry the day. Poliana Botelho by decision.

PICK – POLIANA BOTELHO


IDREES: Kondo.

PICK – SYURI KONDO


STEPHEN: Both fighters won their UFC debuts. This fight should be a standup battle. Kondo is a well-rounded Fighter with a ton of Kickboxing fights. Using the Kickboxing should be how Kondo wins. Kondo, KO Round 2.

PICK – SYURI KONDO


BRYCE: Both of these women look to continue their success after having won their UFC debut. Botelho has a major size advantage going into this one having a 4in height advantage. Kondo has faced much bigger competition in Aja Kong in pro wrestling. However, I see the size advantage in MMA being too much for Kondo. Botelho by decision.

PICK – POLIANA BOTELHO


JAY: Botelho spent most of her last fight pinned against the cage by an opponent who wouldn’t give up on trying (and failing) to take her down. We won’t have to worry about Kondo doing the same as she spent her last fight standing toe to toe with her opponent until the final bell. This one will be close but I think the split-decision will go to Kondo.

PICK – SYURI KONDO


NICK: Cards, like this one, that somewhat fly under the radar tend to deliver some of the best fights. I think this one will be no different. Kondo’s kickboxing and Botelho’s Muay Thai should make for an exciting clash of styles. I’ve got the Brazilian fighter for the win in what should be a stand-up war!

PICK – POLIANA BOTELHO


VERONICA MACEDO VS ANDREA LEE

JILL: Veronica Macedo has built a solid MMA foundation, though she’s been relatively inactive over the past two years and she’s coming off a loss. For these reasons, I’m inclined to favor her opponent. Andrea Lee has a well-rounded resume and she’s riding the longest winning streak of her career. I think she wins via decision.

PICK – ANDREA LEE


TERENCE: The Venezuelan Macedo hasn’t fought since September of 2016, and she did not get the luck of the draw by having the debuting Louisianan Lee as her opponent. “KGB” is a well-rounded MMA machine with great Muay Thai and a solid ground game. Look for the not so secret skills of Lee to prevail and get her Octagon career started with a win. – Prediction – Andrea Lee by second-round KO/TKO.

PICK – ANDREA LEE


IDREES: Lee.

PICK – ANDREA LEE


STEPHEN: Andrea Lee is an all-around fighter. Lee submits and has the goods to knock out her opponent. This will be Lee’s UFC debut and she will be looking to make a splash in the Flyweight division.  Veronica Macedo lost her ufc debut but will try to turn it around against a very tough opponent. Macedo is just 22 and still learning the fight game. Macedo’s best bet is to try to use her Jiu-Jitsu. A stand and bang game plan won’t work against Lee.  Lee, KO Round 2.

PICK – ANDREA LEE


BRYCE: Lee looks to start off strong in her UFC debut after having success in both LFA and Invicta. Macedo looks to improve having dropped down to flyweight after losing her debut fight at Bantamweight. I believe Lee’s athleticism in this fight will be what gives her the edge. Lee via KO.

PICK – ANDREA LEE


JAY: Part of me wishes Macedo would win this and prove she’s not just a viral video, but the other part of me has been watching the LFA Champ, KGB Lee tear it up for a few years now and Lee seems to improve with every fight. Macedo will probably gain some strength from dropping weight classes, but I think she will suffer another KO in the third round at the hands of Lee.

PICK – ANDREA LEE


NICK: I am so tempted to go against the grain and pick Macedo here as I’ve always been really intrigued by her. I think this will be a fun scrap– both of these fighters are young and hungry and have so much potential. With that being said, I think the Invicta and LFA experience of Lee, as well as her well-rounded skillset, will give her the edge in this one. Possibly a late submission or decision for KGB– but don’t sleep on VM!

PICK – ANDREA LEE


 

ALEXA GRASSO VS TATIANA SUAREZ

JILL: Alexa Grasso went on a nine-fight winning streak before the first (and only, so far) career loss to Felice Herrig via unanimous decision. She jumped back into the win column just six months later. Tatiana Suarez is a warrior as well. She medaled in the Olympics. She beat cancer. With five pro bouts under her belt, she’s also undefeated in the cage. This has all the ingredients for an action-packed brawl. It’s a tough pick, but I’m leaning toward Suarez by submission.

PICK – TATIANA SUAREZ


TERENCE: This should be a very fun fight. These are two well-rounded fighters who can win a fight standing or on the ground. Suarez is a huge favorite going into the fight, probably because of her superb grappling skills. However, I’m going with the upset in this fight. Grasso by decision.

PICK – ALEXA GRASSO


IDREES: Suarez.

PICK – TATIANA SUAREZ


STEPHEN: Alexa Grasso is just 24 years old – she’s still learning and not in her prime yet. Her 3 fights (2-1) in the UFC have went to a decision but Grasso looked good in all 3. The recipe for Grasso to win should be to use her standup and stay away from the ground.
The TUF 23 winner Tatiana Suarez only has 5 professional fights and is undefeated. Suarez has a background in wrestling and that has to come into play in order for her to win this fight. If it goes to the ground, Suarez wins. Suarez, Unanimous Decision.

PICK – TATIANA SUAREZ


BRYCE: We have the battle of two prospects who both have tons of potential in this matchup. For Grasso, this is her chance to show she’s able to go against a tremendous wrestler. For Suarez, this will be one of her toughest tests so far in her career. I see Suarez using the takedown to throw Grasso off her game and get the victory. Suarez via Decision.

PICK – TATIANA SUAREZ


JAY: Suarez’s last fight was November 2017. Her fight before that was in 2016. Will all this time off make her rusty, or well rested? I’m going to say well rested. She’ll definitely give Grasso a run for her money but I think Grasso will do just enough to get the edge over Suarez. Split decision for Grasso.

PICK – ALEXA GRASSO


NICK: This is an important one! Someone will rise in the rankings and someone will fall. Grasso is going to have to be on her feet on this one– she needs to avoid clinching and constantly be throwing jabs and uppercuts to keep Suarez hesitant from going in for the takedown. On the other hand, Suarez will need to push forward and keep Grasso backpedaling. I think the suffocating wrestling attack and relentless pressure from Tatiana gets her the nod in this one.

PICK – TATIANA SUAREZ


 

 

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3 comments

  1. Given that Kondo has only one KO in her 6 fight undefeated pro career, but has beaten Minna Grusander (who’s challenging Jinh Yu Frey for the Invicta title), I’m leaning towards Kondo by decision.

    I’ll go with Lee but only because I know next to nothing about Macedo.

    I’m actually surprised that Grasso is the biggest underdog on the card. Although I pick Suarez to win, if I was betting, I’d go with Grasso.

    Finally, are you sure the Botelho/Kondo fight is on the Fight Pass Prelims? There are only 12 fights and theirs is #5 which would normally put them on the FS prelims.

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