Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
July 11, 2020
After a week off the UFC returns with a fantastic card on Saturday (UFC 251) from the United Arab Emirates. The UFC is changing venues again and will have four cards in a fourteen day span from the Middle East before returning to Las Vegas on August 1st. UFC 251 will be headlined by the fight between “The Nigerian Nightmare” Kamaru Usman (16-1) and 2019’s fighter of the year Jorge Masvidal (3-0 in 2019 which includes a win in 5 seconds). On Saturday we also have a couple of intriguing rematches on the fight card. In December Alexander Volkanovski took care of Max Holloway for his 21st career victory at UFC 245, and despite being an +175 underdog Jessica Andrade will try to make it two in a row
I hope you all have a good time watching the return of the UFC and with some luck hopefully we can capitalize on some edges I discovered and we all can make some money.
-185 Raulian Paiva 19-3
+165 Zhalgas Zhamagulov 13-3
Everything adds up for the Brazilian who is four inches taller than ZZ. However, at 13-3 and 6-1 in fights decided by TKO I’m rolling with the man from Kazakhstan.
-220 Karol Rosa 12-3
+180 Vanessa Melo 10-7
Two’s are wild for Rosa in this situation. She’s got a two inch reach and Melo has lost two matches in a row.
-310 Kamaru Usman 16-1
+255 Jorge Masvidal 35-13
Despite being the fighter of the year in 2019, Masvidal was a fill in for this match and is a large +255 underdog. Usman has won 15 matches in a row, meanwhile Masvidal is only 7-5 in his last 12 fights.
-310 Usman A
-220 Alexander Volkanovski 21-1
+180 Max Holloway 21-5
This fight is extremely interesting in different ways. Volkanovski comes into this fight with a 21-1 record and 14 of his wins have come via TKO or submission. Holloway and his 5 extra inches in height will be seeking revenge after losing to Volkanovski at UFC 245.
-240 Petr Yan 14-1
+200 Jose Aldo 28-6
Yan is a star on the rise and a winner of nine straight fights. Aldo has an excellent record but has lost five of his last eight fights.
-200 Rose Namajunas 9-4
+175 Jessica Andrade 20-7
In May of last year Andrade defeated Namajunas but yet in a revenge match the loser of that match is a -200 favorite in this one. Namajunas has the advantage in height (4 inches) and reach (3 inches).
-950 Amanda Ribas 9-1
+625 Paige VanZant 8-4
VanZant has lost three of her last five fights and has won six of nine times by either TKO or submission.
-165 Martin Day 8-3
+135 Davey Grant 11-4
Day has a four- inch reach in this matchup and Grant has lost three of his last five fights (all three loses by submission) and that includes a 59 second loss to Manny Bermudez.