The UFC is back tonight, following a short thanksgiving break, to host UFC Vegas 44 at the UFC Apex.
In the main event, future UFC Hall-of-Famer, Jose Aldo, takes on rising star, Rob Font, in battle for bantamweight title contention. Co-headlining the card is a fight of the year hopeful between Rafael Fiziev and Brad Riddell.
Some other great scraps on the card include Jimmy Crute vs. Jamahal Hill, Maki Pitolo vs. Duško Todorović and Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Manel Kape. Also featured, 31-time UFC veteran, Clay Guida, middleweight contender, Brendan Allen and 14-time UFC veteran, Alex Morono.
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1. Jose Aldo +120
It's hard to pass on that plus sign next to Aldo's name in this bout. Don't get me wrong, Rob Font's a stud and him being the favorite isn't surprising considering the run he's been on. However, Aldo is a different breed and has experienced just about every style you can imagine. It'll be interesting to see how this one plays out if it gets to the later rounds. Fun stat, everyone who has beaten Jose Aldo in the last 15 years has either become a UFC champion that night or went on to become UFC champion (aside from Marlon Moraes, but that was an insanely controversial decision). If the Jose Aldo we all know shows up tonight, I believe he gets the job done.
2. Rafael Fiziev -120
Without a doubt this will be one of the more sweaty plays of the night because of the excitement factor of these two warriors. It's safe to say this will be an absolute war and probably a 15-minute Muay Thai bout. I just think Fiziev's chin and gas tank will hold up a bit better than Riddell's. Fiziev by decision pays 2/1 however, playing him straight up is a safer play; don't rule out a sprinkle there though. Either way this is going one you'll be on the edge of your seat for the entire time it goes on.
3. Morono by Dec +100
Morono is a 2/1 favorite and is well-deserving of that. I believe he's considerably better than Mickey Gall and will show that tonight. If Morono fights his fight he will cruise to a decision victory. As long as he's aware of the range of Gall on the feet and a few submission attempt he should be fine. Morono is a savvy vet with a solid resume and has a great team behind him at Fortis MMA. I don't love the value of this being even money, but I might just be greedy questioning that price considering his plethora of decision wins in the UFC.