This Saturday’s UFC Fight Night isn’t much in terms of name value, but there are a handful of combustible fights here beginning with the main event between Korean Zombie and Dan “50K” Ige.
But before that, we pick up four hot underdog bets ranging from mild to extra spicy to get things going.
- Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021
- Times: 4 p.m. ET (Prelims); 7 p.m. ET Times: (Main Card)
- Venue: UFC Apex, Enterprise, NA, United States
- Watch on: ESPN+
Mild to Extra Spicy: Four Hot Undercard Fights
Mild: Lima and Brown Go the Distance
Odds: Matt Brown +145, Dhiego Lima -175
Weight Class (Rounds): Welterweight (170 lbs) (3 Rounds)
Dhiego Lima (17-8-0) and Matt Brown (24-18-0) are fighting to stay relevant. Lima is the rightful favorite as his speed and youth advantage cancels out Brown’s power edge. If this fight was made a few years earlier, Brown winning by KO would have been a nice play.
But as it stands, Brown is too slow and decrepit to put the hurt on Lima, who has flashed a suspect chin before. Lima, on the other hand, isn’t much of a finisher and has only one finish in the last eight years as a pro. Bet online this one to go the distance.
Pick: Totals – Over 2½ (-130)
Medium: Juicy J and Choi Light Up Octagon
Odds: Julian Erosa +125, Seungwoo Choi -155
Weight Class (Rounds): Featherweight (145 lbs) (3 Rounds)
Prepare for war as Julian “Juicy J” Erosa (25-8-0) and Seung Woo Choi (9-3-0) steal the show. This is a contrast of styles although both are strikers. Erosa pushes a fast pace landing 5.07 significant strikes but also absorbing 5.72 in return. That’s why six of his last seven bouts have ended in a finish.
Not sure why, but this man is plus money for his fight not to go the distance this weekend…👀
🌷David☘ (@DManyun_) June 17, 2021
Choi is not as active as Erosa, but he’s big and strong for the division. He has five TKOs in his short career, but Erosa’s chin is not the best. Either Erosa finishes Choi with strikes or submission or he gets caught and finished.
Pick: Will the Fight Go the Distance – No (Ev)
Spicy: Semelsberger Eyes Upset of Hard-Hitting Williams
Odds: Matthew Semelsberger +130, Khaos Williams -160
Weight Class (Rounds): Welterweight (170 lbs ) (3 Rounds)
We’ve got an upset in the making here as Matthew Semelsberger (8-2-0) looks to avoid Khaos Williams’s (11-2-0) “death touch” and outwork him for a win. Semelsberger is big for the division and can get it done whether he’s striking or wrestling. He’s got a high work rate too, something Williams does not possess.
Williams has one-punch KO power and he could well put Semelsberger to sleep with his first punch (+110). However, it’s either KO or bust for him as he can be too passive. Provided Semelsberger avoids that infamous power, he’ll win this one.
Pick: Matthew Semelsberger +130
Extra Spicy: Grant Bests Old Foe Vera Again
Odds: Davey Grant +160, Marlon Vera -200
Weight Class (Rounds): Bantamweight (135) (3 Rounds)
Marlon Vera (16-7-1) would love to get this one back against Davey Grant (13-4-0), who clobbered him to a 30-26 decision five years ago. Vera has grown a lot since, but he can still be susceptible to some good ol’ grappling, which Grant has plenty of.
Grant also isn’t limited to just wrestling Vera. He’s got some nasty power on his hands as shown by his last two knockouts. But Vera is extremely durable and while Grant may not knock him out, he could hurt him enough and out wrestle him to win another decision. At +450 per the UFC betting odds, this is an extra hot pick.