UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs Rakic is all set to go down this weekend on April 16th at the Apex in Las Vegas. It is needless to say that a majority of the attention would be on the mouthwatering main event clash between Jan Blachowicz and Aleksandar Rakic. However, there are several other exciting matchups on the card that one should watch out for.
View this post on Instagram
One such matchup is the flyweight bout between Tatsuro Taira and Carlos Candelario that will take place in the prelims of the event. These two flyweights were originally scheduled to kick off the prelims of the UFC Fight Night: Font vs Vera. However, the bout was scratched off due to the last moment illness to Candelario.
Thereafter the promotion postponed this fight to the upcoming UFC Vegas 54 event. It is needless to say that this is a highly exciting matchup as flyweight prospect Tatsuro who is currently undefeated with a record of 10-0 will make his UFC debut.
Similarly, Carlos will also make his debut at UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs Rakic, but The Cannon has previously fought twice in the DWCS. Leading into this bout, Candelario suffered a close split decision loss against Victor Altamirano.
This was his first MMA career defeat and it is needless to say that Carlos will look for a quick turnaround and impress the fight fans around the world. As we move forward, let us compare the stats of these two flyweights that will step inside the octagon and clash against each other at UFC Vegas.
UFC Fight Night: Tatsuro Taira vs Carlos Candelario Stats
|Stats||Tatsuro Taira||Carlos Candelario|
|Height||5 ft 7 in||5 ft 8 in|
|Reach||70 in||68 in|
|Age||22 years old||30 years old|
UFC Fight Night: Tatsuro Taira vs Carlos Candelario Fight Breakdown and Prediction
The 22-year-old Tatsuro Taira has great potential to become a future UFC champion. So far, the Japanese prodigy has destroyed all ten of his opponents inside the octagon. However, he faces a tough test in the form of Carlos Candelario at UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs Rakic
Speaking about the styles of these two flyweights, Tatsuro is a great grappler and is extremely dangerous when he lands a takedown. His uncanny ability to catch the opponent off guard and get into good positions is what makes him a big threat. What’s more impressive is the fact that he has finished his opponents in nine out of his ten wins inside the first round of the bout.
On the other hand, Carlos Candelario is a well-rounded flyweight. He likes to stay busy by applying high pressure with his movement and speed. Moreover, his good striking abilities will keep Taira on the edge throughout the three rounds.
However, he would face a lot of problems against Tatsuru Taira due to his poor takedown defense and cardio. In the DWCS fight as well as his debut fight, Carlos was dominating his opponents.
But he couldn’t carry on the momentum and gassed out in the latter stages of the fight. Therefore the Japanese flyweight’s superior ground game and cardio could help him extend his undefeated streak to eleven wins.
UFC Fight Night, Tatsuro Taira vs Carlos Candelario Fight Prediction- Tatsuro Taira wins via Submission