It’s back to Sin City this Saturday night for UFC Vegas 18 and a main card that has some awesome looking fights on there. It’s the Overeem/Volkov fight that serves as the headliner, but I am looking at the Sandhagen/Edgar fight as the one that might be the most appealing. There is definitely a lot going on, though, with 6 fights set for the main card. We are going to quickly break down those matchups and make some predictions as we go. Let’s get right to it so you can place your bets against their UFC odds.
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Diego Ferreira (-115) Vs Beneil Dariush (-115)
Take a look at those odds to get an idea of just how closely matches these two Lightweight fighters appear to be. Ferreira is 17-2 and on a very good 6-fight win streak, but it has been a year since he last stepped into the octagon. Darius hast fought in August, extending his unbeaten streak to 5. He has seen each if his last 4 wins come within the opening two rounds. I think he keeps that streak alive on the way to a win on Saturday.
Cody Stamman (-510) Vs Askar Askar (+360)
The Featherweights are next up, and we have Cody Stamman looking to rediscover his form after going 2-2-1 in his last 5 fights. 4 of those 5 went the distance, so it might not be a bad idea to look at the OVER in this one. Askar has an impressive 11-1 professional record, but this is a step up in class, as this will be his first fight under the UFC banner. I do like Stamman to win here, but I like the fight to go the full 3 rounds.
Alexandre Pantoja (-115) Vs Manel Kape (-115)
Yet another fight that looks to be on the coin flip variety. Pantoja is looking to get back on track in the Flyweight division after a run that has seem him lose 2 of his last 3, which has taken his professional mark to 22-5. Kape has won 3 in a row and now makes the move to the UFC, where he will be looking to improve on his 15-3 record. I like Pantoja to get the win here, but I think this one might well go the distance.
Michael Johnson (-210) Vs Clay Guida (+170)
It’s a Lightweight battle that is the next one up on the main card. Both of these fighters are on a poor run of form and in desperate need of a win. Johnson has lost 3 in a row to see his record fall to 19-16, while Guida has lost 2 of his last 2 in a row and 3 of his last 4. This is another one that I believe will go the distance, with Johnson getting the decision.
Cory Sandhagen (-415) Vs Frankie Edgar (+315)
In my humble opinion, this is the best fight on the main card. Sandhagen is ranked #3 in the Bantamweight division and will have one eye on a potential title fight this year. After a loss to Aljamain Sterling, Sandhagen bounce back with a win his last time out. After back to back losses, Edgar bounced back in last fight with a great display against Pedro Munhoz. I am on Sandgahen in this one, but I think it might prove to be closer than a lot of people expect.
Alistair Overeem (+145) Vs Alexander Volkov (-175)
The Heavyweights will take to the octagon for the final fight of the night and you have to wonder just how much 40-year-old Overeem has left in the tank. The big man is still grinding out wins, winning 4 of his last 5, with all of those victories coming inside the distance. Volkov has been a little up and down of late, going 2-2 in his last 4. I think the one thing that we can agree on here is that this fight will not go all 5 rounds. I’m taking Overeem in the upset.