Sean McBryan goes though Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card and picks out a bet to place on each fight
UFC Fight Night returns to the United States for the second consecutive event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas after four Fight Island events in Abu Dhabi. Heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Aleksei Oleinik will battle in the main event with the main card starting at 9 p.m. ET and the prelims starting at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
Odds, full fight card and predictions can be found below. Odds provided by FanDuel Sportsbook.
Irwin Rivera (-215) vs. Ali Qaisi (+180), bantamweight:
Rivera lost his UFC debut by unanimous decision to Giga Chikadze on the Overeem vs. Harris undercard in May. Qaisi is making his UFC debut.
Prediction: Rivera moneyline (-215).
Kevin Holland (-390) vs. Joaquin Buckley (+310), middleweight:
A late addition to UFC Vegas 6, Holland faces UFC-newcomer Buckley. Holland’s fight against Trevin Giles on the Brunson vs. Shahbazyan undercard was unexpectedly cancelled.
Prediction: Holland moneyline (-390).
Youssef Zalal (-390) vs. Peter Barrett (+310), featherweight:
Youssef “The Morrocan Devil” Zalal has a three-fight win streak beginning in November 2019.
Prediction: Zalal by KO/TKO (+340).
Gavin Tucker (-172) vs. Justin Jaynes (+144), featherweight:
Jaynes’ last five fights have ended in the first round.
Prediction: Jaynes moneyline (+144).
Wellington Turman (-168) vs. Andrew Sanchez (+142), middleweight:
The Brazilian Turman has seven submission victories in 19 fights. Sanchez has six KO’s in 17 fights.
Prediction: Sanchez by KO/TKO (+700).
Nasrat Haqparast (-260) vs. Alexander Munoz (+215), lightweight:
A bit of a toss-up between two inexperienced fighters.
Prediction: Haqparast by decision (+190).
Laureano Staropoli (-136) vs. Tim Means (+116), welterweight:
Staropoli has had three straight fights decided by the judges. Means’ past four fights haven’t made it past the second round.
Prediction: Staropoli by decision (+230).
Beneil Dariush (-168) vs. Scott Holtzman (+142), lightweight:
Dariush on a four-fight win streak after knocking out Drakkar Klose in March. Only seven of Dariush’s 23 career fights have gone the distance.
Prediction: Dariush by KO/TKO (+460).
Yana Kunitskaya (-225) vs. Julija Stoliarenko (+188), women’s bantamweight:
Stoliarenko is on a five-fight win streak and holds the Invicta FC Bantamweight title. Kunitskaya hopes to rebound from a TKO loss to Aspen Ladd in December. Stoliarenko has won eight fights by armbar.
Prediction: Stoliarenko by submission (+350).
Darren Stewart (-176) vs. Maki Pitolo (+148), middleweight:
My Fight of the Night candidate. Maki “Coconut Bombz” Pitolo lands over five significant strikes per minute. Stewart is a tad bigger and capable of returning fire.
Prediction: Stewart by KO/TKO (+230).
Omari Akhmedov (-102) vs. Chris Weidman (-116), middleweight:
Weidman, the man who stopped Anderson Silva twice, has struggled as of late. Still, the former champion could do damage if he gets Akhmedov on the ground. Weidman needs a win after being KO’d in five of his last six fights. Akhmedov has won or drawed his last six fights, but hasn’t fought since the undercard of UFC 245 in December 2019.
Prediction: Akhmedov by decision (+290).
Derrick Lewis (-200) vs. Aleksei Oleinik (+168), heavyweight:
Lewis’ past two bouts have gone the distance, both wins. Out of Lewis’ 30 fights, he has won by KO/TKO 18 times. Oleinik is also on a two-fight win streak and is still a dangerous submission artist at 43 years old.
Prediction: Lewis by KO/TKO (-140).