UFC ESPN+ 13 Betting Preview and Free Picks

Saturday, July 13 - 8:00pm EDT
Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA

The UFC is headed to Sacramento, California this Saturday, July 13th. UFC Fight Night will go down at the Golden 1 Center in Sac-Town. Perhaps it's fan fatigue, but this card is flying under the radar more than it should. While there aren't many huge names outside of Urijah Faber, the night will be packed with fun skilled fighters and a lot of fan-favorites.

Germaine de Randamie (+125) vs. Aspen Ladd (-155)

Germaine de Randamie (8-3) will headline against Aspen Ladd (8-0) in a Women's Bantamweight bout. As a kickboxer, De Randamie was one of the best in the world. She retired from the sport in 2011 with a 37-0 record. The Iron Lady will use her size and reach advantage to keep the less experienced Ladd at distance where she can exploit her game.

De Randamie is 8-3 as a mixed martial artist. Her lone loss since 2011 was to current champion Amanda Nunes. De Randamie is on a four-fight win streak which includes a unanimous decision over Holly Holm that saw her win (then being stripped of) the Women's Featherweight title.

Aspen Ladd is no can. She's undefeated as a pro and holds wins over Sijara Eubanks (2), Lina Lansberg, and Tonya Evinger. Ladd has finished six of her eight opponents. She earned Fight of the Night honors in her last fight where she took her second UD over Eubanks.

I predict Aspen tastes defeat for the first time this Saturday. De Randamie is a very technical striker that throws with power and precision. Her size advantage will be a difference-maker in this fight.

Urijah Faber (+275) vs. Ricky Simon (-375)

I'm not sure why Urijah Faber (34-10) came out of retirement, but I'm not exactly mad at him. Faber is a former WEC Bantamweight and Featherweight Champion and multiple-time UFC title challenger. He retired in 2016 after scoring a unanimous decision over Brad Pickett in his hometown Sacramento.

Faber has a lot of experience and a lot of miles. Being owner and coach at Team Alpha Male, he's remained active since retirement, so he may not suffer from ring rust as much as other fighters have.

When Faber retired, he was on the downswing, but we need to consider his competition. Faber had faced a who's who at featherweight. He retired with a 2-3 record in his last 5 fights. The losses, however, were to Frankie Edgar, Dominick Cruz, and Jimmie Rivera. The wins were over Brad Pickett and Frankie Saenz. He defeated Francisco Rivera and Alex Caceres before that.

Ricky Simon (15-1) is a former LFA Bantamweight Champion. He's undefeated in three UFC fights and is currently riding an 8-0 winning streak. Simon holds wins over Merab Dvalishvili, Montel Jackson, Rani Yahya, and Chico Camus. His UFC debut versus Dvalishvili earned the pair Fight of the Night Honors and a check for $50k.

Simon will be eight years Faber's junior when they step into the octagon. This will be a big step in competition and notoriety for the Gracie Barra fighter. I bet he seizes the moment and earns a big win over an aging legend.

There are some other quality fights on this card. Look out for these especially: Josh Emmett (-+125) vs. Mirsad Bektic (-155), Marvin Vettori (-160) vs. Cezar Ferreira (+130), Andre Fili (-115) vs. Sheymon Moraes (-115), Darren Elkins (-120) vs. Ryan Hall (-110), and Julianna Peña (-190) vs. Nicco Montaño (+155).