The UFC returns after a week off with a card headlined by former title contender Anthony Smith as he takes on rising contender Ryan Spann. This is a vet vs. prospect matchup but Smith is looking to get back into the title picture and a win against Spann gets him closer to the belt. But this is just one of FOURTEEN fights…..so its going to be a long one.
Here are some specifics.The prelims start at 4:00 pm with 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 $1K
188-129-2 so far this year ( 58-40-1 on locks, which I should start calling “Bagsters” because theyre complete trash)
(4-5 last fight card. 2-2 on locks)
Emily Whitmire (lock)
Joaquin Buckley (lock)
MAIN EVENT TIME
Nate Maness vs. Tony Gravely
Nate Maness has surprised me in his short stint so far in the UFC. I think i’ve picked against him in every matchup hes had (I definitely picked against him in the Luke Sanders fight) So I wont make the same mistake again. This is a step up for Gravely, whos a vet (27 pro fights) but while hes 2-1 under the UFC banner, the level of competition is…..not the best. Gravely does train at one of the top gyms in the country (America Top Team) but I just think Maness gets it done again.
Arman Tsarukyan vs. Christos Giagos
This should be a good scrap. Arman Tsarukyan is a very well rounded fighter. But hes a -800 favorite. And I dont see him just running over Giagos. Giagos is a UFC vet at this point at just 31 years old. Hes faught some of the toughest guys in the division including the champion (Charles Oliveira) who he lost to in his UFC debut. Giagos is riding a 2 fight win streak, but neither of the fighters who he beat are at the level of Tsarukyan. I have Tsarukyan winning but I dont think its this landslide. I think hes a heavy favorite because while hes REALLY good, hes also fighting out of Russia. That gives you a bit of an edge on the betting lines.
Mandy Bohm vs. Ariane Lipski
Lipski is just 2-4 in the UFC but shes fought absolute killers. JoJo Calderwood, Molly McCann, Antonina Schevchenko, and Montana De La Rosa. But lets be real, she needs a win. And shes facing an undefeated prospect Mandy Bohm whos coming in after 1 fight with Bellator. I think Lipski has been dealt a bad hand. This seems like an opportunity to get her a win. Bohm is a serious threat though, but when a young fighter is in a “win or get your pink slip” situation, and they are fighting another young prospect, ill pick the person with their back against the wall.
Devin Clark vs. Ion Cutelaba
When looking at Devin Clark’s UFC record youll see four losses. But when you look at who hes lost to it might change your opinon. Hes lost to the headliners of the card (Anthony Smith and Ryan Spann) as well as the champion Jan Blachowicz and rising contender Aleksandar Rakić. Hes lost to the best of the best. While Cutelaba is probably best known for getting in the face of Magomed Ankalaev before getting headkicked, playing possum, and having the fight stopped. Hes got a lot of energy, and hes very confident. But hes not on the level of Devin Clark
Devin Clark (lock)
Anthony Smith vs. Ryan Spann
Ryan Spann can bang. Hes a heavy hitter but his ground game is legit. Hes a prospect whos looking to become a contender. But Anthony Smith is the vet whos been there and done that and I think hes still fighting at a high level. I see this one going similiar to his last fight against Devin Clark. Anthony Smith will show Spann that there are levels to this game and he isnt there yet.
Anthony Smith (lock)
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 $1,710,751 (+1710651)
- If you just parlay the prelims, using all my picks and wagering $100 you would walk away with $81,976 (+81876)
- Parlay the main card, taking all my picks and wagering $100 you would cash in $2,086(+1986)
- And if you just want to take my locks and parlay them on BetMGM, wagering $100 you would win $975 (+875)
Odds subject to change. Good luck!