Six Excellent Bouts Featured on Saturday’s Card
UFC fans are getting spoiled for choice on Saturday as there are six Fight Night prelims to wager on.
Headlining the Curtis Blaydes vs Chris Daukaus card is Neil Magny vs Max Griffin, which features quality welterweights try to move up the rankings.
The sportsbook has odds available for every fight at Nationwide Arena and we have picked four of the best.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and UFC odds. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Neil Magny vs Max Griffin
We have always been a fan of Neil Magny and we like his chances of winning the prelims main event.
The 25-9 fighter scored a three-round decision win over Geoff Neal last May and it was a good bounce-back effort after losing to Michael Chiesa.
Max Griffin is riding a three-fight win streak after knocking out Ramiz Brahimaj, Kenan Song and winning by decision against Carlos Condit.
“To fight a guy like Magny, a really talented guy and we have some history,” Griffin told BJPenn.com. “We were both on TUF 16 back in the day. He’s been in the rankings for probably like 10 years. He’s been chilling in that spot and it’s my time. I know we say this a lot, we’ve done numerous interviews over the years, it’s another fight that I love.”
He’s a tough fighter as well, but Magny has the range to win and UFC odds have a respectable price available. Magny is paying -240, which is worth snapping up.
Pick: Neil Magny -240
Sara McMann vs Karol Rosa
Karol Rosa has the size advantage and her 15-3 record stands out against Sara McMann.
Rosa is also the much younger fighter at 27 years old and she comes off a win over Bethe Correia, which is an excellent form guide.
She has beaten some of the best in the bantamweight division, and although McMann is good in her own right, Rosa has the class edge.
Bookmakers have Rosa at -210 to beat her opponent, but we prefer the +240 to win via a stoppage.
It’s worth the risk and it should add value to the prelims.
Pick: Karol Rosa by KO, TKO, DQ or Sub +240
Chris Gutierrez vs Danaa Batgerel
Danaa Batgeral comes off a stunning knockout win over Brandon Davis and it’s his second knockout win in the UFC since entering last year.
The 32-year-old Mongolian scored a knockout win in 50 seconds over Kevin Natividad, so he’s explosive and the worthy betting online favorite against Chris Gutierrez.
Gutierrez is 17-3-2 following a five-fight winning streak since losing his UFC debut to Raoni Barcelos. It has been an impressive turnaround for the underdog, but he’s up against a tough fighter.
We give the edge to Batgerel, who will be headhunting for another prime-time knockout.
Pick: Danaa Batgerel -135
Aliaskhab Khizriev vs Denis Tiuliulin
One of the biggest favorites of the night is Aliaskhab Khizriev, who is paying -1000 to score the victory.
The 31-year-old middleweight is undefeated after 13 fights and we can’t see how Denis Tiuliulin goes the distance against him, let alone wins.
The favorite is -275 to win via stoppage, so bettors get solid odds for Khizriev to end it before the final bell.
Take Khizriev to end the fight early against a relatively unknown opponent.
Pick: Aliaskhab Khizriev by TKO, KO, DQ or Sub -275
Jennifer Maia vs Manon Fiorot
Manon Fiorot is another short-priced favorite on the prelim card and the 8-1 fighter should be hard to beat.
She is undefeated since arriving in the UFC and has beaten the likes of Tabatha Ricci and Mayra Bueno Silva, which is a decent record.
Jennifer Maia has more experience than Fiorot. She is 19-8-1 after losing to Katlyn Chookagian in January.
She’s on the quick backup, but she could be in for another loss.