We have had some very good Fight Night events from the UFC in recent weeks, but it’s now time to get back to the really important stuff with UFC 266. That means that Saturday night is title fight time, with not one but two title fights on the main card. All told, there are 5 bouts set to go on the main card, and you could certainly make the case that they could all be a lot of fun to watch and wager on. As we always do, we are going to take a closer look at all the fights on the main card as deliver the latest UFC odds and predictions for each, so let’s get right to it.
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Jessica Andrade (-270) Vs Cynthia Calvillo (+210)
There is a much more important women’s fight coming later in the evening, but this Flyweight bout has the potential to be a very nice appetizer. Andrade has gone off the rails a little of late and is looking to get back to form after losing 3 of her last 4 fights to fall to 21-9 overall. Calvillo is not in such dire straits, but I’m sure she’d like to be better than her 1-1-1 record over her last 3 fights, which dropped her to 9-2-1. Despite the poor form, I still think Andrade is too much for Calvillo to handle.
Curtis Blaydes (-300) Vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik (+240)
We should get some real action going with the next fight on the main card, as I expect both of these Heavyweights to bring the heat. Blaydes saw his progress stalled with a loss to Derrick Lewis last time out, so this is all about getting back on the path to a title challenge. For Rozenstruik, this fight is about regaining his form after going on a 2-2 run in his last 4. I think we might see this one go the distance, with Blaydes getting the decision.
Robbie Lawler (-115) Vs Nick Diaz (-115)
The odds for this Middleweight bout tell you all you need to know, which is that it’s about as evenly matched as it gets. Both men need this fight in the worst way, especially Lawler, who is on a horrible 4-fight losing skid to drop to 28-15 overall. Nick Diaz is 26-9 and is now winless in his last 3 after seeing his last fight against Anderson Silva end in a No Contest. Diaz has not fought since 2015, but I still think he comes back and gets the win.
Valentina Shevchenko (-1400) Vs Lauren Murphy (+750)
The co-main event of the night is also the first of the two title fights, with Shevchenko looking to defend her Flyweight crown. Given that she has now win 7 in a row against the best on offer in this division, it is perhaps no surprise that she is such a heavy favorite. Murphy has fought her way to a well-earned title shot, winning each of her last 5 fights, but she is in over her head here. I like the champ to get the KO win in the early rounds.
Alexander Volkanovski (-180) Vs Brian Ortega (+150)
The headline event of the night is a Featherweight title fight that has all the makings of a great one. Volkanovski comes into this fight on a ridiculous run of form that has not seen him lose a fight since 2013. He has had some close calls of late, though. Ortega has just on loss in his pro career, going down to Max Holloway, but he bounced back from that with a win, earning a shot at the champ in the process. This should be a fun one, but I have the champ by decision.