ITS FIGHT NIGHT FOLKS! Live from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, we have a killer main card on PPV starting at 10:00 pm est. Prelims starting at 6:00 and 8:00 on ESPN. BUT, im going to stick to the maion card for this blog, as its just going to be too explosive, more so than the prelims. Lets start with the main event.
Amanda Nunes (C) (-670) vs Felicia Spencer (+475) -Women’s Featherweight Championship
Amanda Nunes is a HUGE favorite tonight and rightfully so. She is the GOAT of women’ cs MMA and it aint even close fellas. It is not close one bit. The Brazilian is on a 10 fight win streak, and ranks 1st in wins, finishes, 1st round finishes, and title fight wins. Thats what GOATS do. The betting odds on Spencer, the second-longest odds for a Nunes opponent With a win, Spencer would pull off the second-biggest upset in UFC women’s title fight history, behind +875 underdog Holly Holm kicking off Ronda Rousey’s head. This would be quite an upset, arguably the biggest in company history. If Spencer can withstand the first couple rounds of punishment she might find a tiny opening to pull it off. I dont see that happening. Nunes is just too powerful, precise, and all around better than the Canadian. Spencer is durable and extremely tough, she went the distance with Cris Cyborg. Fun fact, since this whole pandemic/no fans in the crowd thing started, 0, ZERO betting favorites have won the main event bout, going 0-5. I expect that to change tonight with a Nunes KO.
#5 Raphael Assuncao (+125) vs #9 Cody Garbrandt (-155)- Bantamweight
This is going to be so freaken awesome. “No Love” Cody Garbrandt is one of my personal favorite fighters ever, so im going to be kinda bias here and pick him to win via KO. Garbrandt has star power, and the former bantamweight champ was 11-0 before dropping it to longtime rival TJ Dillashaw and has now lost 3 straight fights. No former champion has ever won the title lost 3 straight and then won the title back. Cody is about to embark on this long journey back to the mountain top. Cody has to be smart. Be tactical. Use the skills that you have. Don’t get all caught up in something where you might get caught. You don’t want to get caught.
In front of him tho, is Brazilian Raphael Assuncao, who is no joke to fight. He himself tho, is on a 2 fight losing streak. Whoever wins is going to be one of the biggest their respective career, and whoever ends up taking the L tonight is going to be set back quite a bit. Garbrandt has switched gyms/teams for this fight and im super intrigued to see how he looks. At 28 years old, Cody is in the perfect spot to regain the confidence that once led him to the world title.
#2 Ajamain Sterling (-117) vs #4 Cory Sandhagen (-106) -Bantamweight
This is a title eliminator. Whoever wins this MASSIVE fight is going to get the next shot at the Bantamweight title of the world and rightfully so. Sterling, winner of 4 straight vs Sandhagen sitting at 12-1 and winner of 7 straight is going to be in my opinion the fight of the night. Both of these savages are beasts on the ground and Sterling will have the upper hand when it comes to the ground. Sandhagen has the stand up game advantage however. I really wouldn’t bet on this one, its simply too close to call. But, if i had a gun to my head I would take Cory Sandhagen tonight by split decision. Im really high on both of these top contenders, so it’s going to be super interesting to see how this one plays out.
When it’s that high a level of MMA, it’s hard to predict. Both of these guys are such high-level bantamweights that it really could go either way. The smaller cage, I think that benefits Sterling a little bit more, but I think Cory’s footwork is going to benefit him aton. I think he’s just a little bit better on the feet, and he’s going to be able to move around — hit and not get hit.
Neil Magny (-150) vs Anthony Rocco Martin (+120) -Welterweight
This is more of a filler bout. Neil Magny is a pretty well known name and should be favored like he is. Both winners of their last bout, I believe this could be a good fight. Im going to go with Martin in the upset, as his ground game mixed with his footwork ability could be too much for Magny.
Eddie Wineland vs “Sugar” Sean O’Malley (-500) -Bantamweight
What a way to open to the main card. Undefeated top prospect Sugar Sean O’Malley will be on full display against veteran Eddie Wineland. O’Malley is coming in at 11-0 and at 25 years old, this man is could be a full blown superstar if he keeps this up. Im expecting a highlight reel KO from Sugar Sean. I mean did you see his rainbow afro?
I aint fucking with this man. If O’Malley can stay on the straight path and not get suspended again, he can get himself on a roll. Make sure to be watching these fights by 10:00 pm. Be ready for this card to start with absolute FIREWORKS.
Lets GET THIS GOING BABY. Support these warriors, fighting for their LIVES with not the best pay. Imagine that? These are the best athletes in the world. Lets show them. Love everybody, and lets let this sport bring people together in a weird time in the world.