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UFC Fight Night 69 preview and predictions

UFC Fight Night 69 takes place on June 20, 2015 at O2 World in Berlin, Germany and will air exclusively on UFC Fight Pass. The event is headlined by Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her Strawweight title against Jessica Penne.

This event marks the first time ever that a UFC title will be defended or on the line for a UFC Fight Pass broadcasted event. In the co-main event, Dennis Siver attempts to rebound from a loss to Conor McGregor when he faces Tatsuya Kawajiri.

There are four fights on the main card. This event has a special start time of 11:45 a.m. ET for the prelims and 3 p.m. ET for the main card.

We’ll be providing live play-by-play coverage of this event this Saturday.

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, noon ET)

Taylor Lapilus vs. Yuta Sasaki

Prediction: Sasaki by 2nd RD Sub

Piotr Hallmann vs. Magomed Mustafaev

Prediction: Hallmann by unanimous decision.

Scott Askham vs. Antonio dos Santos Jr.

Prediction: Antonio dos Santos Jr by 1st RD TKO

Niklas Backstrom vs. Noad Lahat

Prediction: Backstrom by unanimous decision.

Arnold Allen vs. Alan Omer

Prediction: Omer by unanimous decision.

Alan Patrick vs. Mairbek Taisumov

Prediction: Taisumov by 2nd RD TKO

Makwan Amirkhani vs. Masio Fullen

Prediction: Amirkhani 1st RD Sub

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3 p.m. ET)

Nick Hein vs. Lukasz Sajewski

Lukasz Sajewski (13-0) is currently an undefeated fighter. In his last five bouts, he has finished three of them by first-round armbar. He beat Saulius Bucius in May of 2012 by unanimous decision, then Abi El Khalfi in June of 2013 by first-round armbar and then Alexander Heinrich in October of 2013 by first-round armbar. He would go onto beat Kamil Gniadek in December of 2014 by unanimous decision and then submit Igor Egorov in May of 2014 by first-round armbar to earn a UFC contract.

Nick Hein (11-2-1) is currently on a one-fight losing streak. In his last five bouts, he’s 4-1. He beat Tamirlan Dadaev in July of 2013 by unanimous decision, Musa Jangubaev in September of 2013 by second-round TKO and then Michael Erdinc in February of 2014 by unanimous decision. He would make his UFC debut against Drew Dober in May of 2014, which he won by unanimous decision. He would lose his next fight to James Vick in November of 2014 by unanimous decision.

Prediction: Hein by unanimous decision.

Sergio Moraes vs. Peter Sobotta

Peter Sobotta (14-4-1) is currently on a six-fight winning streak. In his last five bouts, he beat Juan Manuel Suarez in April of 2012 by first-round RNC then beat Branimir Radosavljevic in November of 2012, Mustafa Asmaoui in November of 2012 Tamirlan Dadaev in November of 2012. All of those fights came by first-round rear naked choke. He made his UFC debut against Pawel Pawlak in May of 2014, which he won by unanimous decision.

Peter Sobotta (22-6) is currently on a seven-fight winning streak. In his last five bouts, he has finished three of them by submission. He beat Manuel Rodriguez in December of 2013 by fourth-round kimura, he then beat Daniel Way in May of 2014 by unanimous decision and Dominic McConnell in May of 2014 by second-round triangle choke. He then competed i the Hex Fighting Series, which he beat Ran Weathers in December of 2014 by unanimous decision and then Callan Potter in March of 2015 by first-round rear naked choke. UFC Fight Night 69 will be his UFC debut.

Prediction: Sobotta by unanimous decision.

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Dennis Siver

Dennis Siver (22-10-1) is currently on a one-fight losing streak. In his last five bouts, he’s 2-2-1. He beat Nam Phan in December of 2012 by unanimous decision, but then was knocked out i the third round against Cub Swanson at UFC 162. His fight with Manny Gamburyan at UFC 168 was overturned due to a failed drug test on his part. He beat Charles Rosa in October of 2014 by unanimous decision, but then lost to Conor McGregor in June of 2015 by second-round TKO.

Tatsuya Kawajiri (33-8) is currently on a one-fight losing streak. In his last five bouts, he’s 4-1. He beat Kazuki Miyata in December of 2011 by second-round arm-triangle choke and then submitted Donald Sanchez in March of 2012 by first-round triangle choke. He beat Michihiro Omigawa in December of 2012 by unanimous decision. He made his UFC debut against Sean Soriano in January of 2014 by second-round RNC, but then lost to Clay Guida in April of 2014 by unanimous decision.

Prediction: Siver by unanimous decision.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Penne for strawweight title

Joanna Jedrzejczyk (9-0) is currently undefeated and in her last five bouts, she has finished two of them by knockout. She beat Karla Benitez in May of 2014 by unanimous decision, then knocked out Rosi Sexton in June of 2014. She made her UFC debut against Julian Del Lima Carneiro in July of 2014 by unanimous decision, then beat Claudia Gadelha in December of 2014 by split decision and then knocked out Carla Esparza at UFC 185 by second-round to become champion.

Jessica Penne (12-2) is currently on a two-fight winning streak. In her last five bouts, she’s 4-1. She beat Lia Ellis in April of 2012 by third-round TKO then Naho Sugiyama in October of 212 by second-round triangle choke. She then lost to Michelle Waterson in April of 2013 by fourth-round armbar, but rebounded with a win over Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc in July of 2013 by first-round RNC. She made her UFC debut in December of 2014 with a split decision win over Randa Markos.

Prediction: Jedrzejczyk by unanimous decision.






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