The UFC will get underway a little earlier than usual this weekend, perhaps because they have a jam-packed card coming your way. The UFC Vegas 37 main card has no less than 6 fights ready to go, with all the action set to begin at 1:30 PM EST. Given all the MMA action that is coming on Saturday, that early start is a good thing for those of you who want to take it all in. Let’s take a quick look at all the fights on the main card, with predictions for each along with their UFC odds.
MMA Betting Preview for UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Spann
Joaquin Buckley (-200) Vs Antonio Arroyo (+160)
The evening begins with a Middleweight bout featuring a pair of fighters looking to bounce back after a loss. Buckley is 12-4 overall, but he has gone just 2-2 in his last 4 fights. Things are a little worse for Spann, who has fallen to 9-4 after losing each of his last 3 fights. I like Buckley to get the win, with a KO the most likely outcome.
Nate Maness (+180) Vs Tony Gravely (-220)
A pair of very good Bantamweights will hook up next, with Maness is as the underdog despite only losing 1 fight in his pro career. He comes into this one on a 3-fight win streak. Gravely is 21-6 and has been in very good from of late, winning 4 of his last 5. This has all the makings of a very good fight, and I am leaning towards the underdog here.
Christos Glagos (+570) Vs Arman Tsarukyan (-795)
While the previous fight looks very evenly matched, this Lightweight bout seems to be rather lopsided. Glagos is no slouch at 19-8, with 4 wins in his last 5, but this is a definite step up in class. Tsarukyan is 16-2 overall and is as dangerous as it gets. He might be made to work a little harder in this one, but I still like Tsarukyan to win comfortably.
Mandy Bohm (-110) Vs Ariane Lipski (-120)
The odds here clearly show that the bookies see this Flyweight bout as a close one. Bohm comes into this bout with a perfect 7-0 record, and while Lipski (13-7) has been struggling of late, with back-to-back losses and 3 defeats in her last 5, she is still dangerous. I’m sticking with the hot hand and taking Bohm to get the win.
Ion Cutelaba (-145) Vs Devin Clark (+115)
The Light Heavyweights will step into the octagon for the co-main event of the night. At just 1-3-1 in his last 5 fights, Cutelaba is in a bit of a free fall, but he did face some very good fighters in that stretch. Clark comes into this one off a loss and is now just 2-2 in his last 4 fights. A little bit of a must win for both fighters. I think Cutelaba gets it with the KO.
Anthony Smith (-160) Vs Ryan Spann (+130)
A pair of experienced Light Heavyweights will square off in the headline event of the night. Smith, who is 35-16, hit a bit of a rough patch with 2 straight losses, but he bounced back with wins in his last 2 fights. Spann has been in good form of late and has now won 4 of his last 5 fights. A close one here, but I think it will be Smith with the win.