Ladies and gentlemen, #degens of all ages – I’m officially on a radiator. After being 24-7 in the last three UFC events, I’ve finally started to shoot up my nose with my UFC predictions. Let’s continue the good times with the predictions for UFC Vegas 23 this weekend.
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UFC Vegas 23 Predictions
Marvin Vettori (-350) vs. Kevin Holland
After a rather embarrassing performance against Derek Brunson just a few weeks ago, Kevin Holland is jumping into that main slot on short notice for an injured Darren Till. Bad idea. Marvin Vettori is a very terrible game for him and should attack Holland and have an easy victory here, hence the lopsided chances.
Sodiq Yusuff (-150) vs. Arnold Allen
The co-main event is a much harder fight to choose, as it pits two of the best upcoming featherweight fighters in the world, both with just one flaw on their win-lose records. I’ll go with the chalk here in “ Super ” Sodiq Yusuff, as he’s the more active striker of the two, is slightly taller and is on a nice six-game winning streak (opponent Arnold Allen has however won nine consecutive victories).
Julian Marquez (-195) against Sam Alvey
Smilin ‘Sam Alvey will return to middleweight after a four-year run at light heavyweight, where he has gone 0-4-1 in his last five fights. I don’t see the drop in weight helping his cause here, as “The Cuban Missile Crisis” is going to be too good for him to exceed when he returns to 185 pounds.
Nina Ansaroff (-140) v Mackenzie Dern
MOM FIGHTS !!! Not at Walmart, but in the UFC Octagon as two recent moms battle it out in this female strawweight match. This will be Nina Ansaroff’s first fight since giving birth to GOAT fighter Amanda Nunes’ first child, so it gives me a big break to choose her. But I think she’s the best striker and a pretty good grappler for top jiu-jitsu wizard Mackenzie Dern.
Daniel Rodriguez (-180) vs. Mike Perry
I can’t bet money on such an erratic fighter in and out of the cage as Mike Perry. Not to mention that Daniel Rodriguez is taller, finished 3-1 in the UFC, and was never finished in a fight. Add to that that he’s also the better grappler of the two, and you have a winning choice.
Joe Solecki (-240) vs. Jim Miller
I have a soft spot for grizzled old dog Jim Miller, who will come on Saturday to take sole possession of the top spot on the UFC’s most career fight list. But Joe Solecki may be his grappling match, is a better and more active striker, and has been his junior for ten years.
Mateusz Gamrot (-240) vs. Scott Holtzman
Mateusz Gamrot suffered his first career loss (in 19 pro fights) on his UFC debut, but on the other hand, Scott Holtzman was knocked out in his last fight. Gamrot is also seven years old and is slightly taller. It is the choice.
Norma Dumont (-250 – not posted on PB yet) vs Erin Blanchfield
Erin Blanchfield is a much-loved prospect, but it’s too much, too soon for her. She takes that fight, her UFC debut, on short notice, and fights a weight class relative to her natural category (135 pounds vs. 125) against a fighter who was struggling at 145 pounds. And Norma Dumont is a solid fighter in her own right.
John Makdessi (+155) against Ignacio Bahamondes
I’m finally riding with an outsider on this chalky map in my compatriot John Makdessi. Like Blanchfield above, I think that’s too much for newcomer Ignacio Bahamondes to deal with on his UFC debut, and I expect veteran forward Makdessi to be able to defeat his greatest and younger enemy.
Yorgan De Castro (-325) v Jarjis Danho
A #chunkyguy heavyweight battle – gotta love it. Yorgan De Castro seems like the obvious choice, as Jarjis Danho has spent five years on the sidelines. But with heavyweight fights anything can happen, so I’m not too interested in that number -325 next to De Castro’s name.
Jack Shore (-165) vs. Hunter Azure
It’s a hell of a bantamweight game, with just one loss on both fighters’ combined records (Jack Shore is 13-0, Hunter Azure is 9-1). Shore is bigger and younger and a better forward and grapple, so I’m looking for him to get to 2-14 on Saturday.
Luis Saldana (-145) vs. Jordan Griffin
Luis Saldana will make his UFC debut on Saturday, but he’s coming well considered. Jordan Griffin, meanwhile, has managed just one win in four UFC fights. Saldana has stopped his last four opponents over the distance – he could make five this weekend.
Da Un Jung (-140) against William Knight
With a draw in his last UFC appearance, Da Un Jung completed his undefeated streak of 13 fights. He is also half a foot taller than William Knight, has five inches of reach on him and is five years his junior. I love Jung for keeping his streak alive.
Impa Kasanganay (-300) against Sasha Palatnikov
Impa Kasanganay was on the wrong side of a viral knockout his last time in the cage, but it was his only loss in pro MMA. He is taller and younger than Sasha Palatnikov and is expected to return to the winning track on Saturday afternoon.
Overall UFC Prediction Results
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