The UFC returns tonight as Deiveson Figueiredo defends his flyweight belt for the first time as he takes on, the always dangerous, Alex Perez.
In the co-main event, one of the best Women’s martial artists to ever do it, in Valentina Shevchenko defends her flyweight title against, well-rounded Brazilian vet, Jennifer Maia.
Also on this card, the always intriguing Mike Perry vs Tim Means, Paul Craig vs Shogun Hua 2 and an awesome featured prelim between Brandon Royval and Brandon Moreno.
Overall this card has some really nice depth and it is full of finishers as well. I generally don’t expect to see as many decisions as we did last week.
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1. Figueiredo by KO/TKO -120
This is one of my favorite plays strictly because this fight isn’t going to decision. In Figgy’s 9 UFC bouts just two have been to decision. Six of his eight UFC wins have been by TKO/KO. I know Perez has only been KO’d once in his career and it was courtesy of Joseph Benavidez, however Figgy Ko’d Benavidez twice this year. There is a ton of value with on Figgy here by KO and that is also a huge reason I love this play.
2. Paul Craig -175
Craig and Rua drew the first time they fought about exactly a year and a week ago. Craig is the younger, fresher fighter and I feel like he moves more efficiently than Shogun. This should be a banger of a fight and without a doubt one of the more interesting on the card. I like the under here too at 2.5 which is -120. Either way I think someone gets slept in this one and it seems more reasonable to be the older less durable Rua.
Honorable Mentions: Calvillo by Dec -140, Craig/Rua U2.5 -120