The main event of UFC Brazil: Jailton Almeida vs. Derrick Lewis features a heavyweight bout between Rodrigo Nascimento and Dontale Mayes this Saturday, Nov 4 in an intriguing battle that may help shape both men’s future.
Nascimento has prevailed in his last two bouts, both via split decision. In the meantime, Mayes defeated Andrei Arlovski to record his greatest career victory, which allowed him to get his career back on track.
Rodrigo Nascimento and Donald Mayes have both seen impressive rises as UFC heavyweight competitors. Each has made impressive debut performances; Nascimento took down Ilir Latifi in his UFC debut while Mayes has secured back-to-back victories since entering.
Rodrigo is clearly the superior wrestler here and should have no difficulty taking down Mayes in this fight. He should control proceedings from start to finish, eventually wearing down Mayes as their fight progresses. Although Mayes has improved over time, don’t anticipate him escaping Nascimento’s takedown attempts.
Don’Tale Mayes recently secured the greatest victory in his 15-fight professional career. Arlovski experienced a few moments in that battle, even if he managed to deliver the knockout punch, but Mayes was able to overcome him and land a crushing right hook that sent him sprawling to the ground.
Mayes is aware from the start that Nascimento is going to desire to finish this battle quickly. In order to hold Nascimento at bay and hit another countering right as he tries to get close enough to execute a takedown, he will need to use his front kicks and jab. Mayes has a real potential to start his first winning run in the UFC and reclaim the victory he has been yearning for if he succeeds in maintaining this match on the feet.
In a rematch, these two heavyweights square off to determine who is the more dominant of the two. Although Nascimento’s previous two fights ended in close split decisions, he has recently appeared to be among the top 15 fighters in the world. He demonstrated his striking prowess against Ilir Latifi and his dominant grappling skills against Tanner Boser. Going into this encounter versus Mayes, he is well-positioned due to his ability to adjust to his opponent.
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Rodrigo Nascimento vs Don’Tale Mayes Fight Information
- Date: 11/03/2023
- Time: 10:25 PM ET
- Location: Ginasio Do Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo.
- How to Watch Rodrigo Nascimento vs Don’Tale Mayes: TNT Sports 2
- Live Stream: BT Sport.com