The UFC is again in Las Vegas this week with a featherweight conflict and a pair of “Ultimate Fighter” finals.
UFC on ESPN 30 takes place Saturday on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The primary card airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN+.
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In the principle occasion, Edson Barboza (22-9 MMA, 16-9 UFC) takes on Giga Chikadze (13-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) in a battle of elite-level strikers. Barboza is a slight -125 favourite at Tipico, and he has the slimmest of leads within the picks from our 13 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers at 7-6.
In the co-feature, Bryan Battle (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Gilbert Urbina (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) within the Season 29 “Ultimate Fighter” middleweight closing. Battle is a -180 favourite on the betting window and certainly one of three unanimous picks for our employees members on the principle card.
In the second “TUF 29” closing, Brady Hiestand (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) takes on Ricky Turcios (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at bantamweight. Turcios is a -160 favourite and has a giant 11-2 edge within the picks.
Also on the principle card, Kevin Lee (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) returns for a welterweight struggle towards Daniel Rodriguez (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC). Lee is the favourite at -150 and has a commanding 11-2 picks lead – although it’s intriguing that Rodriguez gained our fan ballot handily at 58 %.
“TUF 29” forged members Michael Gillmore (6-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Andre Petroski (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meet in a middleweight bout to formally open their UFC careers. Petroski is the second largest favourite on the cardboard at -550 and the second of our three unanimous picks.
And to open the principle card, now we have our third unanimous decide in Makhmud Muradov (25-6 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who has pitched a 13-0 picks shutout for his middleweight struggle towards Gerald Meerschaert (32-14 MMA, 7-6 UFC). Muradov is the most important favourite on the cardboard at -650.
In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Barboza (53 %), Battle (64 %), Turcios (62 %), Rodriguez (58 %), Petroski (87percent) and Muradov (82 %) are the alternatives.
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