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UFC Vegas 22: Johnny Eduardo vs Anthony Birchak: Stats, Fight Prediction & Breakdown

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UPDATE: Johnny Eduardo is out of his fight against Anthony Birchak due to visa issues.

Johnny Eduardo takes on Anthony Birchak in the bantamweight division to kick-off the preliminary card at UFC Vegas 22 which will witness Kevin Holland take on Derek Brunson in the main event of the evening.

Johnny Eduardo will return to the Octagon after almost three years away from the Octagon. Eduardo’s last fight came way back in June of 2018 where he dropped a submission loss to Nathaniel Wood. Meanwhile, Anthony Birchak will make his first appearance in 2021 after dropping a submission loss to Gustavo Lopez back in 2020.

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Let’s take a look at the stats of both the fighters and breakdown their fighting style in order to predict who gets the win when both the fighters share the Octagon this weekend.

UFC Vegas 22: Johnny Eduardo vs Anthony Birchak stats

Johhny Eduardo is a veteran in the sport of mixed martial arts. The 42-year old fighter has extensive experience in the regional circuit where he enjoyed a successful eleven-fight win-streak before signing with the UFC. However, Eduardo failed to keep the same momentum in the UFC. The Brazilian fighter has picked up four victories off the seven times that he has competed inside the UFC Octagon.

Name Johnny Eduardo
Record 28 Wins and 12 Losses
Last Five Fights 2 Wins and 3 Losses
Reach 71 in
Fighting Style BJJ and Boxing
Team Nova União, Black House (MMA)
Nickname Pretinho

He is coming off back-to-back losses and after a gap of almost three years to take on the 34-year old Anthony Birchak to kick-off the preliminary card at UFC Vegas 22.

On the other side, Anthony Birchak will look to make the most of his second opportunity with the promotion as he takes on the fellow veteran. Birchak competed inside the UFC Octagon from 2014 to 2016. During this time, he picked up two victories while losing on the other two occasions.

Name Anthony Birchak
Record 15 Wins and 7 Losses
Last Five Fights 2 Wins and 3 Losses
Reach 69 in
Fighting Style Wrestling and BJJ
Team Torotech MMA
Luta Elite MMA
Nickname El Toro

Birchak made his UFC return late last year against Gustavo Lopez but failed to make an impact as he lost the fight via submission in the very first round. Needless to say, he will look to right the wrong as he takes on Johnny Eduardo this weekend.

UFC Vegas 22: Johnny Eduardo vs Anthony Birchak prediction

Anthony Birchak is expected to get the better of Johny Eduardo this weekend and something tells me it’s going to be a statement win for the American fighter.

Johnny Eduardo vs Anthony Birchak

Eduardo has not competed for almost three years now. Additionally, he is 42 years old and way past his prime to take on an active bantamweight fighter in the UFC. While Eduardo will have a 2-inch reach advantage, Birchak is expected to close the gap and keep the fight on the feet. Both the fighters are Black belt in BJJ and expect an exciting exchange if the fight goes to the ground.

Birchak has a lot to prove in his second stint with the UFC and it’s a do-or-die situation for him if he wants to continue competing for arguably the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in the world. I expect an early finish from the American fighter.

UFC Vegas 22: Johnny Eduardo vs Anthony Birchak prediction: Anthony Birchak by stoppage in the second round

 

 

Critical of Dana White's matchmaking abilities but always in awe of his business acumen, Nikhil Chauhan is always up for a chat related to MMA and Boxing.

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