After a break over the holiday season, the UFC is set to return on Saturday night for UFC Fight Island 7. As it stands right now, all of the fights are still on, which is good news given the number of late cancellations we saw in events at the tail end of the year. Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar will square off in the headline bout in this one, but we have a very good main card to look forward to, with 5 fights set to go. We are going to take a closer look into each of the fights on the main card, with UFC odds and predictions also included for each, so let’s get right to it.
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Punahele Soriano (+130) Vs Dusko Todorovic (-160)
The first fight on the main card is a little special, as it features a pair of middleweight fighters who are both coming in with an unbeaten record. Soriano is 7-0 and making his second start in the UFC. He won his first fight with an opening round KO win over Oskar Piechota. This, though, will be a much tougher bout for Soriana, as he is going against a fighter who is perfect through his first 10 fights. This is also the second UFC appearance for Todorovic, who finished things quickly in his first. There is the potential for fireworks here, but I have Todorovic by KO.
Joaquin Buckley (-275) Vs Alessio Di Chirico (+215)
It’s another Middleweight bout up next, but I’m not so sure that this one will be as competitive as the opening fight on the main card. Buckley is 12-3 in his career and has bounced back nicely after his most recent loss, which came to Kevin Holland. Since then, he has picked up back-to-back wins and has done so in dominant style. You have to wonder how much longer Di Chirico will be around in the UFC, as he has lost all 3 of his fights since moving over, although they have all gone the distance. I don’t think this one does, as I have Buckley for the KO.
Santiago Ponzinibbio (-305) Vs Jianglang Li (+245)
Next up is a Welterweight bout that features a fighter on a positive run of form and one looking to bounce back after a loss. Ponzinibbio is on a 7-fight win streak that has taken his record to 27-3 and which has his rank in the weight class sitting at #13. He would almost certainly crack the top 10 with a win over #17 ranked Li. This is a bounce back opportunity for Li, who lost by UD to Neil Magny in his last fight, a defeat that snapped a 3-fight win streak. This one might well go the distance, and I am on Ponzinibbio to win.
Carlos Condit (-170) Vs Matt Brown (+140)
The co-main event of the night is a Welterweight bout between a pair of fighters looking to get back to winning after a poor run of form. Carlos Condit was on a horrendous losing streak, dropping 5 fights in a row before getting back to winning ways against Court McGee last time out. His career record now sits at 31-13. Matt Brown comes into this one on the heels of a loss and has now lost 4 of his last 6, taking his record to 22-17. I think this one goes the distance, with Condit getting the win.
Max Holloway (-165) Vs Calvin Kattar (+135)
The Featherweights are up last for the final fight of the night. The reality with this bout is that most of the pressure is on Holloway, and not just because he is the favorite. While still ranked #2 in the division, Holloway is on the slide, as he has now lost 3 of his last 4 fights. Kattar (22-4), meanwhile, is on the rise and has now won 4 of his last 5, including back-to-back wins. This, though, may be his toughest fight yet, and while I think we will see this one go the distance, I think Holloway edges it.