Fight Forecast is a recurring series at StrikeScore that provides a stats based preview of upcoming events. The following uses Fight Matrix rankings, peak rank, Tapology user votes and Rankings Momentum.
In this case, the period used for Rankings Momentum was 7/1/2014 to 4/1/2016. Fighters must have been ranked in at least four quarters during the period to be included. Tapology scores are as of July 22 at 10:00 a.m. EST.
In the main event, Robert Drysdale will return to MMA for the first time since 2014. When he converted into MMA, many were excited about the possibility of an ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships absolute winner making noise in the UFC. He signed with the promotion in 2013, but failed two drug tests and fought only once. At this level, he should be a big favorite over most opposition. Ryan Spann is 9-2 as a professional and has gone 2-1 in Legacy since joining the promotion in 2015.
Robert Drysdale vs. Marcelo Garcia ADCC 2007 Absolute Final
Mackenzie Dern should be a huge favorite in her MMA debut. She is an IBJJF and ADCC world champion and has defeated Gabi Garcia on the grappling mats. However, another female grappling ace, and regular Dern opponent, Michelle Nicolini was upset in her Legacy debut back in 2014.
Mackenzie Dern vs. Gabi Garcia Abu Dhabi World Pro 2015