UFC Uruguay serves as an appetizer to UFC 241 from South America featuring a flyweight title fight and Cageside Press has their picks set.

Staff Writers
Heinisch vs. Brunson
Yusuff vs. Benitez
Romero vs. Costa
Diaz vs. Pettis
Cormier vs. Miocic
Jason Payne (130-55)
Joe McDonagh (121-56)
Heath Harshman (124-61)
Keith Shillan (83-43)
Ryan Fortune (83-43)
Jay Anderson (118-67)
Dan Doherty (117-68)
Mike McClory (70-42)
Josh Evanoff (114-71)
Gabriel Gonzalez (114-71)
Marcus Rebelo (14-12)
Eddie Law (75-65)

The UFC Uruguay main event features Valentina Shevchenko’s second defense of her flyweight title against Liz Carmouche. Shevchenko is 6-2 in the Octagon with the two losses coming to women’s MMA GOAT Amanda Nunes. Carmouche has won four of her last five and holds a doctor’s stoppage win over Shechenko back in 2010. Shevchenko was unanimously picked.

The co-main is guaranteed entertainment as Vicente Luque battles Mike Perry. Luque has won nine of his last 10, all by stoppage, while Perry has won two of his last three bouts. Luque was also unanimously picked.

Humberto Bandenay welcomes Luiz Eduardo Garagorri to the UFC. Bandenay won his promotional debut in a huge way with a knee KO, but has lost twice since then. Garagorri is from Uruguay and is 12-0 with 10 finishes in his career. All but two writers picked the debuting Garagorri.

Top 10 light heavyweights Volkan Oezdemir and Ilir Latifi will collide. Volkan has lost three-in-a-row since his meteoric rise to a title shot. Latifi had won five of six before falling to Ovince Saint Preux in December. Seven of nine writers picked Oezdemir.

BJJ ace Rodolfo Vieira will make his UFC debut against Oskar Piechota. Vieira has won gold at the BJJ World Cup, World Championship, and ADCC. He is currently undefeated in MMA at 5-0 with all stoppages. Piechota started his career at 11-0-1 with two of those wins in the Octagon before falling to Gerald Meerschaert most recently. All but one writer picked Vieira.

Enrique Barzola and Bobby Moffett open the main card at UFC Uruguay. Barzola is a Peruvian fighter who won TUF Latin America 2 and went 5-1 in his first six fights in the Octagon (the one loss being a controversial decision). He’ll look to bounce back from a loss to Kevin Aguilar last time out. Moffett earned a shot at the Contender Series after going 12-3, won by D’Arce choke and earned a contract. He is 1-1 since then. Barzola was unanimously picked.

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