There are five preliminary fights for bettors to enjoy on the Rafael dos Anjos vs Rafael Fiziev card this Saturday in Las Vegas.
Headlining the card is Aiemann Zahabi vs Ricky Turcios and we’re predicting the fight to end before the third round.
UFC odds are available for every fight on the Fight Night card.
Zahabi vs Turcios
We love Turcios in this situation and the 29-year-old could remain undefeated in the UFC.
The 12-2 fighter has had only one UFC fight against Brady Hiestand and what form stacks up well against Zahabi.
The sportsbook has Turcios at -190 but we see more value in prop betting markets. He is +250 to win by KO, TKO, or submission, and we can’t turn down those odds.
Zahabi has a significant size disadvantage, and although he knocked out his opponent in his UFC debut, he’s up against a more violent opponent on Saturday.
Pick: Turcios by KO +250
Shevchenko vs Casey
Most of the early UFC betting action has come for Antonina Shevchenko, who has the better record at 9-4.
The 37-year-old is no spring chicken and she’s riding a two-fight losing streak, but Cortney Casey hasn’t shown us enough throughout her career to warrant attention.
Casey is 10-9 and she could even up the ledger against Shevchenko, who is the firm -165 favorite and she should get the job done.
We expect more money to come for the favorite in a fight that should be decided by decision after three rounds.
Pick: Shevchenko -165
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Brundage vs Gore
Bookmakers expect a much closer fight between Cody Brundage and Tresean Gore, with Gore the -150 favorite.
He is only 4-1 after losing his UFC debut to Bryan Battle, but he has plenty of improvement in store and he has a big reach advantage over Brundage.
That should have an impact for the more physical Gore, who will want to keep the fight standing against a submission guy.
Brundage scored a submission win over Dalcha Lungiambula in March, which was a promising result. However, because of his size, he could struggle with Gore in the clinch and fail to get the fight to the ground.
Take Gore to win at a fair price with betting online markets.
Pick: Gore -150
Onama vs Armfield
The biggest priced favorite on the UFC Fight Night card is David Onama, who is -800 to win.
He is 9-1 following a first-round knockout win over Gabriel Benitez and that was an excellent form reversal after being beaten by Mason Jones.
“After that fight, it was a loss, but it felt like I won,” Onama told UFC.com. “And the feedback I was getting from fans, family, and friends was that I showed the world what I could do. That’s what I was expecting people to say, and it showed. I went out there and did what I had to do. I didn’t get my hand raised, but it felt like a win. It felt good.”
Garret Armfield is making his UFC debut and it’s a tough introduction, especially after taking the fight on short notice. We don’t expect him to last the three rounds against the dangerous Onama.
It’s a short quote but includes Onama in UFC parlays.
Pick: Onama -800
Nzechukwu vs Roberson
Kennedy Nzechukwu is the -145 favorite to score his 10th MMA win and he could use his size advantage to dominate Karl Roberson.
The favorite has a huge reach advantage over the much smaller fighter and that should have big consequences.
Roberson comes off a knockout loss to Khalil Rountree. Being knocked out isn’t easy to bounce back from and the five-year UFC veteran could suffer his fourth consecutive defeat, which started with a loss to former UFC middleweight title hopeful Marvin Vettori.
Pick: Nzechukwu -145
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