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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 06: In this handout image provided by UFC, Cory Sandhagen lands a flying knee to knock out Frankie Edgar in their bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The return of “TJ Killashaw” is finally here as the former bantamweight champion has a tough test in his return to the octagon, Cory Sandhagen. But this card is stacked and I think in a few years we look back and see a bunch of future title contenders in this one.

Here are some specifics.The prelims start at 4pm and then the the main card starts at 7pm and everything can be seen 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 PatEgan and get your first bet RISK FREE up to $600

150-102-1 so far this year ( 48-29-1 on locks)

(8-2 last fight card. 3-1on locks)

PRELIMS

Diana Delbita -115

Sijara Eubanks (no line)

julio Arce -200

Jordan Williams -175

Ian Heinisch (lock) -160

Brandon Allen (lock) -105

 

MAIN EVENT TIME

Adrian Yanez vs. Randy Costa

 

This is a great fight for the main card. Both of these guys are exciting up and comers and both have shown a propensity to knock their opponent out. So logic tells you this one probably wont go the distance. I like Yanez in this one. In every single one of Randy Costa’s 6 wins he has ended it in round 1. I think Yanez can weather the initial storm from Costa and then wear him down. Finishing him in either the second or the third.


Adrian Yanez -250

Miranda Maverick vs Maycee Barber

Listening to the MMA media you’d think that Maycee Barber was on a 5 fight losing streak and was the most overhyped prospect in the history of the sport. I think people forget that she shredded her knee against Roxanne Modafferi and still went on to gut out 3 rounds. There is no doubt in my mind that if those two fought 100 times Barber would dust Modafferi in 98 of them. Alexa Grosso fight, in my opinion, was her first true loss. She was healthy and simply outclassed.

On the other side Miranda Maverick appears to be where Maycee Barber was before Barber lost to Modafferi. She is being hyped up as a future champion, and for good reason. She has been insanely impressive in the cage. Smothering Gillian Robertson is no easy task, and she just put it on her for 3 rounds. But I like Barber. I think Barber is going to right the wrongs of her last fight. She also hits like a MAC truck, and I think she hurts Maverick like she hasnt been hurt before.

Maycee Barber+125

Darren Elkins vs. Darrick Minner

Anytime you get to see Darren Elkins fight, its fun. Simply because youre reminded of one of the worst tattoos in the sport. Hes a vet. But so is Minner. And while many of Minner’s wins have come outside of the UFC, since teaming up with James Krause he looks like a new fighter. Where as Elkins really hasnt changed his game up. I think Krause and his team formulate a gameplan to take “The Damage” out of Darren “The Damage” Elkins game

Darrick Minner -155 (lock)

Kyler Phillips vs. Raulian Paiva

For me, this one is the toughest fight on the card for me to pick. Im high on both guys. Kyler Phillips is a beast, and he has shown it since entering the UFC. His last win against Song Yadong was a “Ive arrived and Im legit.” performance. Paiva though is a seasoned vet in the sport with 23 pro fights. 2 of his 3 losses are because of a doctors stoppage and a split decision. He COULD be 22-1 entering this (he isnt though. Hes 20-3. I wouldn’t be surprised if Phillips goes out and puts on another clinic. But im going with veteran experience. Im going with Paiva.

Raulian Paiva +230

Cory Sandhagen vs. TJ Dillashaw

Finally we get the return of TJ Dillashaw after his 2 year doping ban. If you remember, Dillashaw got caught doping going into his 125 pound title fight. He stated that he doped because he didnt feel like he could generate the power needed because of the weight cut. But against Sandhagen, he isnt fighting at 125. Hes fighting at his natural weight of 135 pounds. Many people question if TJ Dillashaw wasnt doping in previous fights though. So that is a big question heading into this fight. What kind of TJ Dillashaw are we getting?

The previous bantamweight TJ “Killashaw” was a force. From 2014 to 2018 his lone loss in the division was against Dominick Cruz, in a fight many thought he won. No matter if you love him, or hate him, doping or not, hes an elite mixed martial artist with a SERIOUS set of skills. AND THEN THERES SANDHAGEN

14-2 with one giant hicup against now champion Aljamain Sterling, and the other coming early into his pro career. Everyone else he has fought Sandhagen has made look silly. And he has been WAY more active (not like Dillashaw had a choice. He was suspended) But the inactivity of Dillashaw is the entire reason Im going with Sandhagen. It just remains to be seen what kind of TJ Dillashaw we get.  But even though im picking Sandhagen, I think there is incredible value on TJ Dillashaw at +175

Cory Sandhagen -225

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

  • f you take every one of my picks and parlay them on BetMGM, wagering $100 you’d win $34,536 (+34436)
  • If you just parlay the prelims, using all my picks and wagering $100 you would walk away with $1,398 (+1298)
  • Parlay the main card, taking all my picks and wagering $100 you would cash in $2,470 (+2370)
  • And if you just want to take my locks and parlay them on BetMGM, wagering $100 you would win $521 (+421)

Odds subject to change. Good luck!