HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 07: Jose Aldo punches Pedro Munhoz during their Bantamweight bout at Toyota Center on July 7, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images )

The UFC returns after the Thanksgiving break with a big time showdown in the bantamweight division. Former 145 pound champion (and arguably the greatest 145er of all time) Jose Aldo will go against Rob Font in a 15 fight card

Here are some specifics. The prelims start at 6:30 pm with the main card kicking off at 10pm. 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

236-157-2 so far this year ( 79-47-1 on locks)

(5-6 last fight card. 3-2 on locks)

 

PRELIMS

Vince Morales

Azamat Murzakanov (lock)

Claudio Puelles

Alonzo Menifield

Cheyanne Vlismas

Jeremiah Wells (lock)

Bryan Barberena

Manel Kape

Maki Pitolo

Alex Morono

 

MAIN EVENT TIME

Chris Curtis vs. Brendan Allen

The Chris Curtis story is a good one. A veteran on the regional circuit FINALLY got his UFC shot as a last minute replacement and he starched Phil Hawes in quick fashion. He is once again stepping in as a laste replacement and hes going to have his hands full with one of the best young Middleweights in the world. But I just think Allen puts it on him. The cinderella story ends here and Brendan Allen gets the win in dominant fashion

Brendan Allen (Lock)

Leonardo Santos vs. Clay Guida

Gross fight here. I just don’t particularly enjoy watching Clay Guida fight. Leonardo Santos is a fun watch though, and he was on an absolute roll and ran into Grant Dawson. I look at this as a get right fight for Santos. Guida is a tricky fighter to figure out but once Santos does I think he walks through Guida

Leonardo Santos (lock)

Jimmy Crute vs. Jamahal Hill

Here are two young light heavy weights who were on a path to the title until they suffered a loss after a step up in competition. For Crute it was Anthony Smith. And the loss was weird because it was a case of drop foot. For Jamahal Hill, he showed his youth by going to the ground with submission expert Paul Craig. But both of these guys can swing and this has “Fight of the Night” written all over it. Im going with Crute though. I think Crute is the most well rounded fighter where, right now, Hill is primarily a striker. I think were in for a good one

Jimmy Crute

Brad Riddell vs. Rafael Fiziev

Brad Riddell has been a force since entering the UFC. Another high level prospect from City Kick Boxing. 4-0 under the UFC banner with his last win coming against a really tough fighter in Drew Dober. But Riddell may have found his match with Rafael Fiziev. After losing his first fight in the UFC Fiziev has ran off a 4 fight win streak of his own and I think Fiziev’s level of competition has been tougher than Riddell’s. This is a really tough one to predict because both guys are very equal but im going to go Fiziev because hes better and better and more impressive with each fight.

Rafael Fiziev

Jose Aldo vs. Rob Font

Rob Font has been extremely impressive lately, and his fight against Cody Garbrandt was a master class in striking. He defeated a former champion and sent him packing to another division. Font is once again fighting a former champion, but this time its a guy who has the “GOAT” title. Jose Aldo is arguably the best featherweight fighter of all time. But after losing to then champion Max Holloway twice, Aldo moved down to the 135 pound division. The weight cut looked rough but hes more than held his own. Aldo’s losses are a controversial split decision against Marlon Moraes, a fight that many thought he won. But I think this goes much like when Aldo fought another high level prospect, Chito Vera.

Aldo showed that there are levels to this game, and its not just your ability to throw hands. I think Aldo utilizes his kicks to neutralize Font’s power. Aldo gets a finish in the championship rounds.

Jose Aldo (lock)

 

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  • f you take every one of my picks and parlay them on BetMGM, wagering $100 you’d win $367,393 (+367293)
  • If you just parlay the prelims, using all my picks and wagering $100 you would walk away with $32,383 (+32283)
  • Parlay the main card, taking all my picks and wagering $100 you would cash in $1,134 (+1034)
  • And if you just want to take my locks and parlay them on BetMGM, wagering $100 you would win $1,543 (+1443)

Odds subject to change. Good luck!