It’s another Fight Night in the UFC this coming Saturday, with the 5-fight main card set to go at the Apex in Sin City. The headline event sees Overeem and Sakai square off in a battle of the hard-hitting heavyweights, but there are 4 other bouts on the main card, one of which features a fight that was cancelled a couple of weeks ago, with Ovince St. Preux back in action after testing positive for Covid-19 a couple of weeks ago. It’s certainly an interesting main card and we have a lot to break down, so let’s jump right into it, along with their MMA odds.
Overeem vs Sakai Betting Preview – UFC Fight Night
Brian Kelleher (-225) Vs Kevin Natividad (+185)
The main card begins with a featherweight bout featuring a veteran fighter and one that we don’t know very much about. Kelleher is the veteran here, coming into this bout with a 21-11 career mark. He has the benefit of being able to win fights in a variety of different ways, as he has seen his fights won by a pretty even number of KO’s, submissions, and decisions. Natividad is at 9-1 in his pro career, with the majority of his fights coming in the LFA. This is a but of a step up for him, but he might just e able to spring the upset.
Thiago Moises (-155) Vs Jalin Turner (+125)
It’s the lightweight division next and a fight between a pair of fighters who have been somewhat inconsistent in their pro careers. Moises, who is 13-4 in his career is in a bit of a slump, going 2-3 in his last 5 fights, so he really needs a win here. Turner, who is 10-5 in his career, is coming off a 2nd round win over Joshua Culibao, but he too has been a little up and down of late, going 3-2 in his last 5 fights. These two look to be evenly matched, but I am taking Moises to win.
Michel Pereira Lima (-115) Vs Zelim Imadaev (-115)
As you can see from the odds, this is a welterweight bout that is about as evenly matched as it gets. Lima is a veteran of the game, coming into this one with a record of 23-11, with 2 no contests. He is a well rounded fighter that can stand toe to toe or go hard on the mat, so he is going to be a tough matchup for Imadaev, who has lost both fights under the UFC banner. Whe he wins, though, it is always by KO, so he is a danger. I think he might land one and get the win here.
Ovince St. Preux (+105) Vs Alonzo Menifield (-135)
This looks to be a fantastic pairing in the light heavyweight division, with St. Preux stepping back down after a poor performance at heavyweight. Overall, St. Preux has a 24-14 record in his career, with close to half of his wins coming via KO. Alonzo Menifield is still a relative newcomer and is at 9-1 after taking his first career lost last time out. Menified packs a ton of power and has won 89% of his fights by KO. I like him to get the big win here.
Alistair Overeem (-165) Vs Augusto Sakai (+135)
The big boys are up for the final fight of the night, with both of them looking ahead at a potential title bout. Overeem, who is closing in on 40, has been a staple of the UFC and is always a big draw. Overeem has a ton of experience and comes into this one with a 46-18 record, with more than half of those wins coming by the way of KO. Sakai doesn’t have that level of pedigree, but he is still a very respectable 15-1-1 in his career. It’s tough to imagine this is going the distance. I am on Overeem to win.