If you were expecting to tune into Fight Night 177 on Saturday and see Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira go head to head, you are in for a bit of a surprise. Teixeira tested positive for COVID-19, with that fight now moved to October 3 on the Holmes/Aldana main card. While this news is sure to be disappointing for some, we still have a very busy main card set to go on Saturday night, with the Waterson/Hill fight moving into the headline slot. There are 6 fights on the main card, so a lot of ground to cover. Let’s get right to it so you can make your bets against their UFC odds.
Waterson Vs Hill Betting Preview – UFC Fight Night
Billy Quarantillo (-260) Vs Kyle Nelson (+200)
The evening begins with a featherweight bout featuring a fighter returning to the octagon after testing positive for COVID-19 back in June. That fighter was Billy Quarantillo, who comes into this one having won each of his first 2 fights under the UFC banner. He is in a hot streak at the moment, while his opponent, Kyle Nelson, is on a run that has seen him lose 2 of his last 3 fights. I like Quarantillo to win by KO.
Bobby Green (-265) Vs Alan Patrick (+205)
This lightweight bout was originally slated to be in the prelims, but it has been moved up to the main card. After a bit of a wobbly stretch, Green has once again found his feet in the UFC, coming into this one on the heels of back to back wins that took his pro record to 25-10-1. Patrick has not been in the octagon since back in 2018, with his last 4 bouts all cancelled. There is sure to be some rust there, which could come back to haunt him. Green to win.
Ed Herman (+205) Vs Mike Rodriguez (-245)
Ed Herman has been a staple in the light heavyweight division for quite some time, but at 39 years of age, you do have to wonder how much gas is left in the tank. He has been very up and down in his last bunch of fights, but back to back wins have him at 26-14 for his career. Rodriguez last fought a couple of weeks ago, delivering a first round win to take his record to 11-4. I think this one goes the distance, and if you are looking for a longshot win, Herman might just be it.
Roxanne Modafferi (+250) Vs Andrea Lee (-310)
If you go all the way back to 2014, you will find that these two flyweights have in fact met before, with Modafferi picking up the UD win in Invicta. A lot of time has passed since them, with Modafferi compiling a 24-18 record, although she is currently on a run that has seen her lose 2 of her last 3 fights. Andrea Lee saw a 6-ght unbeaten run come to an end at UFC 242 and is now the loser of back to back fights. I think she bounced back with the win here, though.
Ottman Azaitar (+100) Vs Khama Worthy (-130)
After an 11-fight win streak outside of the UFC, lightweight brawler Ottman Azaitar got his shot at UFC 242 and made the most of it, winning with an opening round KO against Teemu Packalen. This is going to be a tougher battle for him, but these are the wins he needs if he is to stay in the UFC. Worthy has a pair of wins at the UFC level and is now 16-6 overall. These are two fighters with real stopping power, so I don’t see this one going the distance. I am taking Azaitar for the KO win.
Michelle Waterson (+100) Vs Angela Hill (-130)
The headline event is a strawweight bout between a pair of fighters with title aspirations. Waterson has moved up the ranks over her career, but she always seems to stall and take a step backwards when she reaches a certain point. She is coming into this one on a 2-fight losing skid, albeit against very good fighters. Hill is coming off a disappointing loss via split decision in her last fight, but she might be able to bounce back with a win here via decision.