LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 12: In this handout image provided by UFC, (L-R) Charles Oliveira of Brazil punches Tony Ferguson in their lightweight bout during the UFC 256 event at UFC APEX on December 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The UFC returns with their second fight in front of fans and its headlined by Michael Chandler taking on Charles Oliveira for the vacant light weight title.

Here are some specifics. The early prelims kick off at 6:30 pm on ESPN+. The prelims start at 8pm and then the main card kick off at 10pm on ESPN+ and cost $69.99

I will give you my predictions in the order the fights are to take place. All odds are courtesy of Bet MGM. The King of Sports Books! For new users head on over there and use the promocode PatEgan600 and get your first bet RISK FREE up to $600

99-69-4 so far this year ( 30-19-3 on locks)

(3-6 last fight card. 0-2 on locks)

PRELIMS

Sean Soriano +175

Kevin Aguilar +100

Priscila Cachoeira +165

Antonina Schevchenko -125 (lock)

Jordan Wright -115

Mike Grundy -125 (lock)

Jacre Souza -125

 

MAIN EVENT TIME

Edson Barboza VS Shane Burgos

Edson Barboza should be 2-0 at 145 pounds. And the UFC is treating him as such giving him a really tough test in “Hurricane” Shane Burgos. Burgos has been out for a while after dropping a fight to Josh Emmett who shredded up both his knees in the bout. (bad loss in my opinion.) I like Barboza in this one. I think hes very dangerous at 145. But what does worry me is his chin. Is it gone? Because if it is, and Burgos connects, its good night. It should be a great scrap and Ill go with the vet in this one.

Edson Barboza +120

Vivian Araujo VS Katlyn Chookagian

Am I soley picking Chookagian because shes local? No. Admittedly it doesn’t hurt though….but Im mainly picking Chookagian because I love her ability to hit and move. She never stands still. Peppering her opponent with shots and getting out of the way. Ignore her loss to Valentina. Because everyone losses to Valentina. And her fight with Andrade was a set back but nothing to be ashamed of because of Andrade’s power. When you look at the quality of opponent, this is a big step up for Araujo. Shes never fought someone as good as Chookagian. And I dont think she comes out victorious on Saturday

Katlyn Chookagain -145

Matt Schnell VS Rogerio Bontorin

This is kind of a must win for Bontorin who, if he losses will have lost 3 in a row. And hes facing Matt Schnell who is ascending in the 125 pound division. Schnell looked REALLY good last fight. Putting on a clinic against Tyson Nam. Hes won 5 of his last 6 and has been on a tear. I might be inclined to pick Bontorin if it werent for how sharp and crips Schnell’s striking was last fight. I think he pushes Bontorin’s streak to 3.

Matt Schnell -160

Tony Ferguson VS Beneil Dariush

This one is really tough. Before the press conference I liked Ferguson to get back in the win column. But the press conference wasnt a good look for Tony. He looked bad, sounding incoherent at times. Take from that what you will. But Dariush brought up a good point when he said “Tony has to realize that Im in front of him. Not Khabib.” And while Tony then hit Dariush with a bunch of insults, hes right. Ferguson still seems transfixed on fighting Khabib. And he better realize that in front of him is one of the better, more underrated lightweights in the world.

Dariush enters this fight on a 6 fight win streak. He also trains at one of the best gyms in the world (Kings MMA) and has really good training partners because of it. To be fair, you cant mimic Tony Ferguson’s game.  But hes been crushing people since falling to then short notice Alex Hernandez. On the flip side, Tony has looked bad in his last two fights. REALLY bad. You have to wonder if father time finally caught up to Tony.

He got WORKED against Justin Gaethje. He got rag dolled against headliner Charles Oliveira. This could either be a get right fight for Tony, or a sign that he just doesnt have it anymore. The only thing that worries me is Dariush’s weight cut. He made weight, but on a second attempt. Tony though doesnt have knock out power, more peppering your face up with shots. But with all that said, I like Dariush in this one to continue Tony’s losing streak.

Beneil Dariush -165 (lock)

Charles Oliveira VS Michael Chandler

Well Chandler said he was going to burst down the door when he showed up in the UFC and he certainly did that. Destroying Dan Hooker in less than 3 minutes. But Charles Oliveira is not Dan Hooker. If Beneil Dariush is one of the most underrated lightweights in the world, than Charles Oliveira IS the most underrated. Hes 30-8 and is just 31. Hes been in the UFC as long as Chandler has been fighting. And hes been mauling everyone since his last loss 4 years ago.

Michael Chandler has punching power. We saw that against Hooker. And his wrestling ability is obviously top notch. But you arent going to want to go to the ground with Oliveira. So Chandler is going to have to rely on knocking Oliveira out, something that hasnt happened since Oliveira’s last loss to Paul Felder. I like Oliveira in this one by submission.

Charles Oliveira -140 (lock) 

 

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  • If you take every one of my picks and parlay them on BetMGM, wagering $100 you’d win $264,293 (+264193)
  • If you just parlay the prelims, using all my picks and wagering $100 you would walk away with $15,891 (+15791)
  • Parlay the main card, taking all my picks and wagering $100 you would cash in $1,663 (+1563)
  • And if you just want to take my locks and parlay them on BetMGM, wagering $100 you would win $892 (+792)

Odds subject to change. Good luck!