This weekend’s UFC main card is filled with action-packed fights, each fight can go either way in what looks to be the best card since the start of the global pandemic. We are treated to another sighting of ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley, Jairzinho Rozenstruik and the trilogy between Stipe Miocic v Daniel Cormier.
Starting off with the main event, both Miocic and Cormier come into the fight with the series tied a one-a-piece, with the fight more than likely being the last between these two. It was surprising to see DC come out on top in the first outing, especially when he got the better of the firefighter in the striking game. However, I do see a repeat of their second fight playing out, where Miocic targeted Cormier’s body with some ferocious shots, leading to the TKO stoppage win. DC has stated that this will be his last fight in the UFC, but I don’t buy into it. If it is the case however, then leaving with the heavyweight title is all the motivation the former Olympic wrestler. With that being said, I still think and would like Miocic to come out on top, whether it is by a stoppage or decision who knows, because these warriors could go the distance. With both fighters locked in at 10/11, I would go for a longshot of Miocic pulling off the win in the 4th round, due to their previous outing being stopped in a similar manner.
The co-main event sees Sean O’Malley take on Marlon Vera, in what could be O’Malley’s ticket to the big time. In my mind, if Sean produces a spectacular stoppage of Vera, then he deserves a title shot, no questions asked. The way in which the American has kept his unbeaten streak alive is no easy task, whilst Vera will be looking to gain the edge on the ground. O’Malley is at 13/10 to win the fight by KO/TKO or submission, which seems like a steal considering how talented the bantamweight fighter is.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik is bound to bounce back in the win column this weekend, as he takes on an ageing Junior Dos Santos. Rozenstruik had crossed paths with Francis Ngannou earlier on this year and was on the wrong end of some powerful punches. Despite the loss, I’m sure the Surinamese heavyweight will end this fight early on. With odds of 5/2 to end it in the first round, I don’t see how Dos Santos can put up much of a fight against a hopeful title contender in Rozenstruik.
Herbert Burns and Daniel Pineda square off in what looks to be an interesting featherweight clash. After six years of being released by the UFC, Pineda is back to cause havoc in the octagon this week, against an opponent who isn’t underestimating the Texas native. Burns will be looking to spoil the reunion party by ending the fight in similar fashion to that of his matchup against Evan Dunham. I think the Brazilian will make It 4-0 in the UFC, with a convincing first round stoppage which you can back at 6/4.
John Dodson and Merab Dvalishvili kick off the main event in a bantamweight matchup that could go either way. Despite Merab coming in at a 4/9 favourite, I think that Dodson will look to step up in the division and potentially make a run at the title. The bantamweight talent in the UFC currently is perhaps at its all-time best, so I’m expecting nothing but fireworks in this fight. Yes, it can go either way, with the Georgian fighter looking to make it 5 wins in a row, whilst Dodson is hoping to claw his way into a rematch against Petr Yan at some point. I think that Merab’s inability to finish fights is something that will hinder him, where you don’t want to leave it up to the judges against a fighter like Dodson, who will always be looking the change levels and produce a high amount of combinations. Backing Dodson at 15/8 is worth all the while if it was put into a treble or double.