UFC Vegas 52: Lemos Vs Andrade Picks & Predictions: Who Ya Got?

Main Card Picks

Amanda Lemos (+150 vs. Jessica Andrade (-170)

Amanda Lemos is the No. 10 ranked strawweight contender and comes in on a five-fight winning streak. In her most recent victory, she defeated Angela Hill by split decision in December in a bout that earned a Fight of the Night bonus. Lemos has certainly proven that she is no slouch in the women’s strawweight division. However, there are tiers in the fight game, and she is simply one tier down from where Andrade is even after compiling a 2-3 record in her last five bouts, with one of those losses coming in a title challenge against Valentina Shevchenko and the others being knockout victories over Katlyn Chookagian and Cynthia Calvillo. 

Jessica Andrade is the No. 1 ranked flyweight contender but is dropping back down to 115 pounds to take this fight, where she previously held the UFC title until getting knocked out by Zhang Weili in 2019. She followed up on that defeat with a split decision loss to current champ Rose Namajunas in a bout that was named Fight of the Night. 

Still, Andrade is a pressure fighter that uses her strength and power to bully her opponents, both standing up and on the mat. Jessica’s strength is untouchable. She has won fights by picking up her opponents and slamming them on their heads. We expect her to fully use this tactic to her advantage against Lemos for the win.

Our pick to win: Jessica Andrade

Alexander Romanov (-1375) vs. Chase Sherman (+800)

If you like underdogs, this is the fight for you. At +800, Chase Sherman steps in as a last minute replacement for Tanner Boser on just five-days notice. Alexander Romanov, undefeated at 15-0 with four-straight UFC stoppage wins, sits as the -1375 favorite to win.

Although Sherman has the height and reach advantages, he’s on a three-fight losing skid and is stepping in on just five-days notice. With the odds stacked so highly against him, our hearts are telling us that Chase has everything to lose and is willing to die in that cage in order to get back into the winning column. For this reason alone, we’re riding heavy with underdog, Chase Sherman.

Our pick to win: Chase Sherman

Clay Guida  (-110)  vs. Claudio Puelles (+110)

UFC hall-of-famer Clay Guida has the advantage when it comes to experience, but he will have his hand full with Claudio Puelles who stands five-inches taller, has a two-inch reach advantage, and is 15-years younger.

Puelles has won four UFC fights in a row including two wins by kneebar and is purple belt. Guida is a Team Alpha Male wrestler with dominant wins over the biggest names in the fight game who is coming off of a rear-naked choke victory over Leonardo Santos last December.

Even though this fight is a pick ‘em and has been called even by the oddsmakers with both fighters are listed at -110, we’re going with experience and Clay’s relentless ground game for the win..

Our pick to win: Clay Guida

Lando Vannata (-490) vs. Charles Jourdain (+370)

This fight is likely going to be the best fight of the evening by a wide margin. These two combine for 20 finishes and have rarely, if ever, been involved in a slow-paced or boring fight. 

With almost identical professional records, both of these fighters have had their ups and downs during their recent stretch of fights.

Lando Vannata is coming off of a split-decision win over Mike Grundy and Charles Jourdain most recently defeated Andre Ewell by unanimous decision, in fantastic fury of fists and flying knees coming in at the bell, last December.

Jourdain boasts a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Vannata holds NCAA division one wrestling credentials.

Despite his two-inch reach advantage, Vannata is listed as a +110 underdog. The fireworks will come early and often once these two take center stage. Although we love underdogs, we’re going with the oddsmakers on this pick and think Charles Jourdain is going to bring that same energy to the cage that he had in December against Ewell.

Our pick to win: Charles Jourdain

Maycee Barber(-490) vs. Montana De La Rosa (+370)

Top prospect Maycee Barber suffered back-to-back losses after starting her UFC career 3-0. Luckily she bounced back in her most recent appearance, defeating Miranda Maverick via split-decision last July.

Barber is just 1-2 over her last three fights, but got back on track with a win over Miranda Maverick in her last bout. De La Rosa is 2-1-1 over her last four, and, with her most impressive performance being a draw against Mayra Bueno Silva where she had to overcome being dragged into deep waters early in the fight. This should be an absolute barn burner. Macy loves to stand and bang and holds a slight advantage on the feet, while De La Rosa maintains a wrestling and grappling advantage.

Her opponent, Montana De La Rosa, has gone 1-1-1 over her last three fights but is also coming off of a TKO win over Ariane Lipski. De La Rosa has the advantages in height, reach, and experience, but the younger Barber is listed as the -180 favorite.

We are going with the oddsmakers on this one, too. We think Maycee fights more viciously when she has more to lose and with her contender status being on the ropes with another loss, this is a very much do or die situation for Barber. We believe Maycee Barber is going to get it done for the win.

Our pick to win: Maycee Barber