Over the past couple of months, the UFC have been moving between events at their Apex in Las Vegas and Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. The events have been coming thick and fast, and we are back in Sin City this weekend for another huge Fight Night, which will have 5 fights on the main card. You really have to give credit to the UFC for being able to deliver top quality events every single weekend, especially when trying to put things together in such difficult times. Our goal here is to break down each of the 5 fights on the main card this weekend and hopefully pick some winners, so let’s get right to it so you can make your bets against their MMA odds.
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Beneil Dariush (-180) Vs Scott Holtzman (+150)
The main card begins with a lightweight bout that has the potential to become explosive. After losing to Alexander Whittaker at UFC 222, Dariush has won 4 fights in a row to take his record to 18-4-1. The first one came by decision, but he finished the other three quite early. Scott Holtzman has already made it clear that he intends to come out swinging in this one. The 36-year old tends to see his fights go the distance, and while he is not going to be an easy out, I have Dariush to win.
Yana Kunitskaya (-235) vs. Julija Stoliarenko (+195)
The women are up next for a bantamweight battle that features a fighter ranked #14 in the division. That would be Yana Kunitskaya, whose stock took a bit of a tumble after losing to Aspen Ladd in her last fight. At 12-5, she has been pretty inconsistent her whole career. The Invicta Bantamweight Champion takes the step up to the UFC and has a tough one to start out with. Stoliarenko has made a habit of finishing fights quickly and I would not be surprised to see her win here as the underdog.
Maki Pitolo (+130) Vs Darren Stewart (-160)
Next up, we have a middleweight bout between a pair of fighters who have not seen a ton of action under the UFC banner. This will be the 3rd fight with the UFC for Pitolo, who wen t1-1 in those previous 2 bouts to take his career mark to 12-5. His win came in his previous bout, a 2nd round win over Charles Byrd. Stewart has bounced in and out of the UFC and is on a 2-fight winning run when he does fight there. That said, he is coming off a loss in Cage Warriors 113. Bit of a coin flip here, but I am taking Stewart to win.
Omari Akhmedov (+105) Vs Chris Weidman (-135)
The penultimate fight of the night is another middleweight bout between a pair of solid fighters who appear to be evenly matched. Akhmedov is coming into this fight on a very nice run of form, going unbeaten in his last 6 bouts, which included 5 wins and a draw. He is in the habit of seeing his fights go the distance. If Akhmedov is hot, then Weidman is freezing cold, as he has just 1 win in his last 6 bouts. He needs a win in the worst way possible, but I think he loses again.
Derrick Lewis (-200) Vs Aleksei Oleinik (+160)
The big men are up in the headliner, which is a heavyweight bout between a pair of fighters with contrasting styles. Lewis is going to come out swinging and try to get this one finished quickly, while Oleinik will try to extend the fight and go for the submission. Lewis is coming into this one on the heels of back to back losses, pulling himself out of a 2-loss slump. Oleinik also has back to back wins, so both fighters are in decent form. I am taking Lewis to win.
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