It is another busy week of action in MMA, with several different organizations hosting events that include several title fights. It all comes to a close on Saturday night in Sin City with UFC Vegas 24. While there are not title fights at this event, we still have a main card that looks to have some very good bouts on there. In total, we have 5 fights on the main card, all of which we are going to get into now. As well as the UFC odds and the preview for each, we will also have predictions, so let’s get to it.
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Luis Pena (-150) Vs Alex Munoz (+120)
The main card begins with a pair of Lightweight fighters stepping into the octagon looking to bounce back from a loss last time out. Pena has had an up and down time of it since making the move to the UFC, going 3-3 in his first 6 fights. In the fights that he has won, he usually goes the distance. It had been relatively smooth sailing for Munoz, as he cruised to victory in his first 6 pro fights before losing by unanimous decision in his first UFC fight. This one looks destined to go the distance, with Pena getting the nod.
Abdul Razak Alhassan (-300) Vs Jacob Malkoun (+240)
We have a bit of a similar story brewing in the second fight of the night, a Middleweight bout featuring fighters coming off a loss. Alhassan has now actually lost 2 in a row, which is sure to be disappointing for a fighter who was 10-1 through his first 11 bouts. He will have his hands full with Malkoun, who won his first 4 pro fights before taking a loss after moving to the UFC. This is a chance for Alhassan to get back in a groove, which I think he does with a KO here.
Andrei Arlovski (-125) Vs Chase Sherman (-105)
As the odds clearly show, this might well be the most evenly matched bout of the night, so we might expect this one to go the distance. It would be easy to write off the 42-year-old Arlovski given his age, but this is a fighter who often grinds out wins. In his last 2 defeats, the fight was over early. Sherman is 15-6 and on a run that has seen him win 5 of his last 6, including his first fight with UFC. This is a much tougher test, though, and the longer it goes, the more you have to like Arlovski.
Drakkar Klose (-105) Vs Jeremy Stephens (-125)
This is another bout that promises to be a close one, although you have to say that the pressure here is squarely on the shoulders of Stephens. He has lost 4 of his last 5 fights and seen the other one end as a No Contest. You wonder how much longer he will stay in the UFC if the wins continue to pile up. Drakkar Klose is coming off a loss his last time out, but he was on a very decent 3-fight win streak prior to that. I am giving Stephens the slight edge in this one.
Robert Whittaker (-265) Vs Kevin Gastelum (+205)
The headline event of the night is a Middleweight bout that could edge one of these fighters closer to a title shot. As it stands now, Whittaker is listed as the #1 in the division with a career mark of 22-5. After losing to Israel Adesanya, Whittaker started his climb back to the top with 2 wins in a row ahead of this one. Gastelum is 17-6 and trying to get back on track after 3 straight losses saw him slide down the rankings. He did win last time out, but I think he is looking at a loss here.