RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MAY 11: Jared Cannonier of USA celebrates after his victory over Anderson Silva of Brazil in their middleweight bout during the UFC 237 event at Jeunesse Arena on May 11, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

After a much needed break from some UFC action they are BACK with a card headlined by the return of Jarred Cannonier VS Kelvin Gastelum. Both men are looking to get back into the title picture and could be 1 impressive win away from squeaking their way into the conversation.

Here are some specifics.The early prelims start at 7pm with the prelims kicking off at 8pm and then the the main card starts at 10pm 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

172-112-2 so far this year ( 53-35-1 on locks, which I should start calling “Bagsters” because theyre complete trash)

(11-2 last fight card. 3-1 on locks)

PRELIMS

Sasha Palatnikov +105

Roosevelt Roberts -150

William Knight -185

Bea Malecki -155

Brian Kelleher -175

Luis Saldana (lock) -125

Alexander Pantoja -185

 

MAIN EVENT TIME

Vinc Pichel vs. Austin Hubbard

This is a really even matchup. Both guys are experienced light weights who are really just organizational depth. Hubbard has had a stretch of going W, L, W, L and he won his last fight. If history shows you anything it will be that he drops this contest to Vinc Pichel. But Im actually going Hubbard and its purely a gut pick. Pichel has faced the stiffer competition and overall I actually think hes probably the better fighter. But Im going with Hubbard because of the camp he trains at. Elevation Fight Team is one of the premier camps in all of MMA for good reason. Hubbard will have to avoid Vinc’s big shot, and try to avoid getting taken down and kept there, but something in my gut tells me Hubbard gets the decision win.

Austin Hubbard -110

Trevin Jones vs. Saidyokub Kakhramonov

This contest was originally supposed to be Trevin Jones vs Mana Martinez but Martinez was forced out and Jones will face UFC newcomer Saidyokub Kakhramonov (have fun with that name Jon Anik!) Jones enters 13-6 but he very well could be 15-4. his 2 most recent losses were split decision losses that couldve gone either way. On the other side Kakhramonov has been thriving on the regional scene with his most recent win coming in a local promotion CFFC. But as the fight goes on, he struggles. It seems like if this fight goes past the first round it trends towards Jones’ fight to lose (if it wasnt already.) I think Jones gives Kakhramonov a rude welcome to the UFC

Trevin Jones (lock) -150

Chase Sherman vs. Parker Porter

if Parker Porter doesnt win his last UFC fight, im not sure hes in the UFC. Signed off the regional scene he got murked by Philadelphia’s own Chris Daukas in his first fight. He rebounded by defeating Josh Parisian last November, but Chase Sherman is no Josh Parisian. Sherman is a guy that knows what its like to get cut and have to fight your way back to the UFC. He truly looks like a new fighter than the one we saw enter the UFC in his first go-round. In his last fight he faced former champ Adrei Arlovski and there was certainly a talent discrepancy, and this fight is way more his speed. Truthfully I expect Sherman to steam roll through Porter and send him back to the regionals

Chase Sherman (lock) -200

Clay Guida vs. Mark O Madsen

Right now Mark O Madsen is a one trick pony. Now that one trick is elite. His wrestling ability is literally Olympic level (his nickname is “The Olympian”) but Clay Guida’s take down defense is also elite. And everyone in the gym knows what O Madsen is going to do. This is going to come down to weather or not Guida can stuff the takedowns and I believe he can. At least enough to win 2 rounds. I think O Madsen will eventually get one, but Team Alpha Male knows how to stuff takedowns. Their fighters never have problems in that area. This is going to force O Madsen to use his striking and Guida is a better striker. Guida by decision

Clay Guida +140

Jarred Cannonier vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Both of these guys are coming off losses to former Champ Robert Whittaker. Whittaker is next in line to face Izzy but after that its wide open (unless Izzy loses and then there will be a rematch.) I think Gastelum is the better all around mixed martial artist. Cannonier has been a revelation at 185 pounds, completely revitalizing his MMA career. This is a guy who has knockout wins in heavyweight. Gastelum has to watch out for Cannonier’s big shot, and has to fight smart and come in with a good game plan. I think he does that. Rafael Cordeiro at Kings MMA is one of the better coaches in the sport. I think Gastelum utilizes his grappling and submission game and looks to limit standing and trading with Cannonier. I think Gastelum wins by submission

Kelvin Gastelum +125

 

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 $47,438 (+47388)
  • If you just parlay the prelims, using all my picks and wagering $100 you would walk away with $1,840 (+1740)
  • Parlay the main card, taking all my picks and wagering $100 you would cash in $2,577 (+2477)
  • 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!