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Bantamweight: Petr Yan (-300) Vs. John Dodson (+230)
This is one of those proven vs. unproven fights. The multiple time title challenger at Flyweight Dodson will take on the only Russian in the UFC with a last name you don’t need to google to spell correctly in Petr Yan… Actually, scratch that. Peter or Petr…C’mon Russia be better. All kidding aside, Petr Yan is worthy of this lofty match-up as he has won three straight against the likes of Teruto Ishihara, Psycho Jin Soo Son and Douglas Silva de Andrade. John Dodson has been accused of coasting through his fights at Bantamweight, having gone 3-3 with only 1 finish in those wins against a clearly on the way out Manny Gamburyan. I personally expect this to go to a close Decision as Dodson and yan have never been finished, I believe the upstart Yan will take the victory.
Light Heavyweight: Stefan Struve (-105) Vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (-125)
Stefan Struve, while being a freak of nature at 7’0 tall, is also an enigma of a fighter. One day he could look more impressive than anyone by defeating former title challengers within the first round. Then on the other days, he can get bested by clearly on the way out of the sport heavyweights with six-inch reach disadvantages (Andrei Arlovski). Marcos Rogerio de Lima isn’t doing much better as he is 3-3 in his last 6 fights with all of those losses coming by submission. While I think both of these fighters are middling at the moment, I cannot foresee Struve taking the victory. Marcos Rogerio de Lima by Decision.
Light-Heavyweight: Jan Blachowicz (-115) Vs. Thiago Santos (-115)
Thiago Santos has found his Weight-Class in Light Heavyweight. Santos fought 5 times in 2018 opening the year with a battle against Anthony Smith at Middleweight and closing the year by Knocking out Jimi Manuwa at LHW. Side Note: Who would’ve thought that the two fighter’s opening up the main card on an FS1 fight night would be wrecking the World at Light-Heavyweight, Both Smith and Santos have looked great at 205 and they should both stay at that weight class. Jan Blachowicz has looked similarly impressive. In his last four fights, he has won all four and picked up 3 performance bonuses in that time. This fight should be fireworks as the two combatants are in the middle of their fighting prime’s and they are not afraid to get down and dirty. I’ve picked against Blachowicz in his last four fights and I’ve picked incorrectly in all four. I’m not picking against the pole in this fight. Blachowicz by fourth-round submission.
Light Heavyweight: Michal Oleksiejczuk (-200) Def. Gian Villante (+170)
Women’s Flyweight: Liz Carmouche (-145) Def. Lucie Pudilova (+115)
Light Heavyweight: Magomed Ankalaev (-200) Def. Klidson Farias (+175)
Welterweight: Dwight Grant (+120) Def. Carlo Pedersoli (-150)
Featherweight: Chris Fishgold (-250) Def. Daniel Teymur (+200)
Women’s Flyweight: Gillian Robertson (-165) Def. Veronica Macedo (+135)
Lightweight: Polo Reyes (-110) Def. Damir Hadzovic (-110)
Welterweight: Michel Prazeres (-450) Def. Ismail Naurdiev (+325)
Lightweight: Diego Ferreira (+120) Def. Rustam Khabilov (-150)
Welterweight: Joel Alvarez (+250) Def. Damir Ismagulov (-310)