LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 21: In this UFC handout, (L-R) Rob Font and Cody Garbrandt face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on May 21, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images)

The UFC returns to the Vegas APEX for a banger of a fight. The card is headlined by Cody “No Love” Garbrandt VS. Rob Font. Both men swing with bad intentions so this should be a fun one.

Here are some specifics.The prelims start at 4pm and then the main card kick off at 7pm on ESPN+

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

105-75-4 so far this year ( 32-21-3 on locks)

(6-6 last fight card. 2-2 on locks)

PRELIMS

Damir Ismagulov -600 (lock)

Yancy Medeiros +110

David Dvorak -550 (lock)

Joshua Culibao -275

Bruno Silva -400

Claudio Silva +100

Ben Rothwell -350

 

MAIN EVENT TIME

Jack Hermansson VS Edman Shahbazyan

Edman Shahbazyan was supposed to be fighting for a title at this point. He was being hyped up as the future of the division. Then he ran into Derek Brunson who ruined his day. And the UFC is doing him ZERO favors by throwing him back in there with a killer in Jack Hermansson. I dont think we see the same Shahbazyan that wilted against Brunson, but I dont think theres been enough time to make up for the holes that Brunson exploited. Hermansson, in my opinon, is on another level. Hermansson by submission

Jack Hermansson -155 (lock)

Ricardo Ramos VS Bill Algeo

These two are beasts on the ground, so that leads me to believe it will be a standup fight. And if its stand up, I like Algeo. I like Algeo to catch Ramos at some point, causing Ramos to panic and put himself in a dangerous spot where Algeo can grab his neck. Gimme the Pride of King of Prussia

Bill Algeo -125

Norma Dumont VS Felicia Spencer

This…this is a fight. This is the rare featherweight fight where the UFC reminds us that A) they still have that division and B) theres no one that can seriously challenege Amanda Nunes. Because the division is so shallow that if Norma Dumont ends up beating Felicia Spencer she will surely be the next fighter that is fed to the Lioness. But she wont. Felicia Spencer is a beast. Shes not Amanda Nunes level, but shes the second best in the division and its not close. THIS IS MY BIGGEST LOCK OF THE NIGHT

Felicia Spencer -190 (Lock)

Justin Tafa VS Jarred Vanderra

This is a gross heavyweight fight. These two guys dont have a lot of dimensions to their game. They swing hard, hope to connect. If they don’t, they’ll be gassed with 4 minutes to go in round 2. This probably shouldve been Vanderra’s first UFC opponent, giving him Spivac wasnt really fair, but then again he asked for that ass whooping. Justin Tafa is more his “speed.” but I think Justin Tafa is still better than him.

Justin Tafa -185

Carla Esparza VS Xiaonan Yan

Carla Esparza is a bettors nightmare. It seems like every other Esparza fight ends up in a split decision. If you put Carla in a parlay, then youre going to end up sweating it out. So you should be warned, BET AT YOUR OWN RISK. Yan on the other end is in line for a title shot if she ends up making Esparza look foolish. And shes been able to put away some vets on her road to “the cookie monster.” Im going to go with Yan, but Esparza loves to play spoiler

Xiaonan Yan -120

Cody Garbrandt VS Rob Font

I love Cody Garbrandt. I love the way the guy fights. The way he was able to make Dominick Cruz look silly was incredible. But that was also four and a half years ago. Since then hes shown a propensity to get wild, go for the kill, and get caught. He moved out to New Jersey to train with striking coach Mark Henry, and he did show a more patient approach in his last fight against Raphael Assunção, but right before he took Assuncao’s head off with literally 1 second to go in round 2, that fight was dangerously close. I was a little surprised at Garbrandt’s approach and truthfully thought he was losing the fight. But this is 5 rounds. And I think that favors Cody. Both guys hit hard, but Cody has been in 5 round fights before. And while much was made of his losing skid, he wasnt losing to bums. Font is looking to make a name for himself by beating a former champion, but I dont think hes quite there yet.

Cody Garbrandt +100

Since BET MGM is the king of parlay’s here is how the parlay odds look!

  • If you take every one of my picks and parlay them on BetMGM, wagering $100 you’d win $32,401 (+32301)
  • If you just parlay the prelims, using all my picks and wagering $100 you would walk away with $1,269 (+1169)
  • Parlay the main card, taking all my picks and wagering $100 you would cash in $2,553 (+1563)
  • And if you just want to take my locks and parlay them on BetMGM, wagering $100 you would win $346 (+246)

Odds subject to change. Good luck!