Fight night is once again upon us as the female G.O.A.T and current two-division UFC champ Amanda Nunes headlines the monumental UFC 250 card against the “Feenom” Felicia Spencer.
This card has some real meaningful fights especially for the bantamweight division. In tonight’s co-main event former bantamweight champ #9 Cody Garbrandt faces of against #5 Raphael Assuncao, which should be an absolute slugfest. Also on the main card, #2 Aljamain Sterling makes his return to the cage after a year off to take on the owner of a seven fight win streak in #4 Cory Sandhagen.
Then, Uncle Dana decided to throw two of the UFC’s best prospects on the card. Fan favorite, Sean O’Malley makes his second octagon appearance in 2020 and will face WEC and UFC veteran Eddie Wineland. The other prospect is 20-year-old grappling phenom Chase Hooper who battles a 10–year UFC veteran in Alex Caceres.
This specific card has some of the more lopsided odds we have seen in the last couple months, considering Nunes and O’Malley will probably be -600 by the time of their bouts. However, there are some real gems on this card in my opinion.
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1. Jussier Formiga +105
Jussier Formiga is one of the better UFC flyweights to ever fight in the division, yet he hasn’t made it past that final hump to get to UFC gold. He has been ranked top 5 for what seems like an eternity. Rolling into the octagon on a two fight skid, at age 35 Formiga knows there is little to no margin of error to be made in this match. This is realistically his last shot to get that belt and he isn’t very far at all. Perez is a tough test, but the experience and grittiness of Formiga will be enough in my opinion. I don’t expect there to be any sort of finish in this fight, I’d say it’s pretty much a given that this fight will be left up to the judges.
2. Parlay: Chase Hooper/Alonzo Menifield +120
I know this isn’t a very risky parlay however, I think this could be easy money. Let’s start with Chase Hooper, the unbeaten 20-year-old has an elite grappling game and has won seven of his nine victories by stoppage. Majority of those stoppages are on the ground where he will grapple for a little and then pepper his opposition with shots until the ref stops it or they give him one of their limbs or neck. Alex Caceras is his opponent. Cacares is 15-12 in his 12 year MMA career, seven of his 12 loses have come by way of submission. I think Hooper wins this fight with absolute ease if he gets it to the ground as quickly as possible, which is inevitable for most of Chase Hooper’s opponents. Alonzo Menifield is another undefeated fighter at 9-0. His style is dangerous; he is a solid grappler with extreme power. This style of fighter in the light heavyweight division is bound to have success if you can take a shot. I think Menifield brings the fight to Devin Clark, pushes the pace and puts him away. Stylistically this matchup isn’t as bad for Clark as it is for Cacares, but both these guys I feel will struggle with their opponents.