Gross. Thats the only way to describe this card. Gross. One of the only reasons you should be watching is if you have money on the fights. Even the most ardent MMA fans will probably NOT be dialed in for the full 13 fight card.
Here are some specifics.The prelims start at 6pm and then the the main card starts at 9pm 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
157-106-1 so far this year ( 49-31-1 on locks)
(7-4 last fight card.1-2 on locks)
Phil Rowe +130
Jinh Yu Frey +125
Kai Kamaka -115
Rafa Garcia (lock) -300
Collin Anglin +115
Bryan Barberena (lock) -275
MAIN EVENT TIME
Ryan Benoit vs. Zarrukh Adashev
Ryan Benoit is more experienced and has faced stiffer competition. Adashev has yet to impressive in the UFC. He came in as a big favorite in his debut fight against Tyson Nam and he got dusted in a round. Adashev is a guy with 6 pro fights, and hes really struggled against guys who are more seasoned in the sport. In Benoit, hes facing a guy with 17 pro fights, and whos losses are coming against some of the cream of the crop in the bantam weight division.
Ryan Benoit (lock) 140
Niklas Stolze vs. Jared Gooden
Both of these guys are looking for their first win under the UFC banner, but Jard Gooden’s losses are against Alan Jouban (ok, not horrible) and Abubakar Nurmagomedov (not Khabib!). Stolze’s lone fight was a loss against a guy im VERY high on, Ramazan Emeev. Look, this is the best of a bad bunch. It should be a decent fight and ill go with Stolze
Niklas Stolze -200
Gloria De Paula vs. Cheyanne Buys
Cheyanne Buys was humbled in her last fight. She came in as a huge favorite against Montserrat Ruiz and she got worked for 3 rounds. Both of these women are Contender Series alumni and while De Paula lost her initial fight as well, Im picking Buys because of the humbling experience. Thats it. It should be a good scrap but it will be very interesting to see what kind of Buys comes out
Kyung Ho Kang vs. Rani Yahya
Yahya should be able to get Kang down and submit him. Kang’s path to victory is his standup and I dont see it improving THAT much to make a difference against Yahya’s ground game
Rani Yahya +100
Sean Strickland vs. Uriah Hall
Sean Strickland has some Beautiful striking. He paints a masterpiece during his fights. His fists are the brush, his opponents face is the canvas. After a 2 year layoff because of an accident, he returned and didnt lose a step. All 3 of his fights have been lopsided. On the other side Hall is riding a 4 fight win streak. It seems like he may have finally put it together. He always had the potential, but it was just a question of IF he could turn potential into results. BUT….his last fight was apart of that 4 fight win streak, and he didnt throw a punch. It was an ugly UGLY Chris Weidman broken leg on a checked kick that was Anderson Silva esq (which is very ironic.) Hall looked visably shaken as Weidman laid in the cage. So I question the mindset he has entering into the cage. Strickland and by finish.
Sean Strickland (lock) -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 $45,122 (+45022)
- If you just parlay the prelims, using all my picks and wagering $100 you would walk away with $3,782 (+3682)
- Parlay the main card, taking all my picks and wagering $100 you would cash in $1,193 (+1093)
- And if you just want to take my locks and parlay them on BetMGM, wagering $100 you would win $450 (+350)
Odds subject to change. Good luck!