Donald Cerrone, Neil Magny, and Maurice Greene are just some of the names in action at UFC Apex.
Donald Cerrone vs Alex Morono
Though he’s 38 and has experienced 15 losses in the Octagon, it’s hard not to like Donald Cerrone.
His devil-may-care attitude has won him a plethora of fans and he now faces Alex Morono, who is eight years younger.
Cerrone comes into this fight with suspect form after a draw against Niko Price was overturned. The no-contest result was his second of his career, but it’s better than a loss.
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He suffered a knockout loss in 40 seconds to Conor McGregor at UFC 246 before losing a three-round decision to Anthony Pettis. His most recent win came in 2019 against the one-dimensional Al Iaquinta, before subsequently losing to Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje later that year.
Despite his losses, Cerrone has fought only the best. The same can’t be said for Morono, who lost to Anthony Pettis in his only headline fight to date.
Prior to the decision loss, Morono defeated Rhys McKee via decision and lost to Kailnn Williams by first-round knockout. The Texan native will need to perform at a much higher level to beat Cerrone and we don’t think it will happen.
Pick: Donald Cerrone -130
Neil Magny vs Geoff Neal
Neil Magny is an underrated fighter and although he’s the underdog in online betting markets, we like his chances.
We give the physical edge to Magny, who is the taller and longer fighter. He stands at 1.91m and he has a reach advantage of 5.1-inch reach advantage over Neal.
He comes off a loss to Michael Chiesa, which went the full five rounds. The loss shouldn’t deter Magny, who had won his last three fights prior, including wins over Anthony Rocco Martin and Robbie Lawler.
The former Ultimate Fighter competitor hasn’t dodged the best UFC fighters throughout his career, which demands credit. He took on a rampaging Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 215 and was submitted in the first round, but he took the fight.
“Not only do I get to go out there and compete and provide for my family, but I’m building a legacy as well,” Magny told UFC.com. “I’m able to say that I’m one of the best to do it in the history of this division and those records are going to be there for a while moving forward.”
Geoff Neal has a good record since arriving in the UFC. He lost to Stephen Thompson in December, and although unable to beat Wonder Boy, he did damage against Mike Perry and Niko Price.
His first-round knockout of Mike Perry put the trash talker in his place and he followed it with another knockout win over Price, who is a quality fighter. It’s good form, but the experience edge goes to Magny and bettors get value odds.
Magny pays +155 to win, which is much better value than the -190 for Neal.
Pick: Neil Magny +155
Maurice Greene vs Marcos Rogerio de Lima
The heavy hitters are out in force as Greene (9-6-0) faces Rogerio de Lima (17-8-1) and we don’t think it’ll go the distance.
Greene didn’t show his best form last year when losing to Aleksei Oleinik and Greg Hardy, but his submission win against Gian Villante was a taste of what he can achieve.
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Despite being 34, Greene has plenty of upside as a heavyweight and he could reach his full potential against Marcos Rogerio de Lima.
The Brazillian has the experience edge and he showed his power when knocking out Ben Sosoli at UFC Fight Night: Felder vs Hooker. The first-round KO was a stunning display, but he suffered in the ground game when fighting Alexandr Romanov in November.
Greene has a solid ground game, so if he’s able to get a takedown, Rogerio de Lima could be in trouble.
We don’t think Greene deserves to be paying +160 in UFC betting markets, so we’ll take the value available.
Pick: Maurice Greene +160
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs Gregor Gillespie
Gregor Gillespie is a ferocious lightweight that suffered his first and only MMA loss against Kevin Lee in November, 2019.
He hasn’t fought since and the long layoff could be a problem, but bettors should be confident with the 34-year-old.
He scored knockout wins over Yancy Medeiros, Jordan Rinaldi, and a submission win over the highly-regarded Vinc Pichel.
Carlos Diego Ferreira is a fighter who loves to go the distance. He scored consecutive knockout wins in 2018, but hasn’t knocked anyone out since.
He submitted Anthony Pettis at UFC 246 before losing a decision to Beneil Dariush in February. It was a tough loss for Diego Ferreria to handle, but he can’t be ruled out at UFC Fight Night.
However, we’re going with Gillespie. Despite his lack of Octagon time, he is explosive and could end this fight early.
Pick: Gregor Gillespie -180
Amanda Ribas vs Angela Hill
Most of the money has come for Amanda Ribas following a loss to Marina Rodriguez, who fights in the main event.
She suffered a KO loss in the second round, but having had experience against a quality fighter puts her above Angela Hill, who comes off a decision victory.
Hill got the better of Ashley Yoder (8-7-0), but it wasn’t an overly inspiring performance. The 36-year-old is past her best and Ribas should be far too good.