I’m finally on a nice roll with my UFC picks, going 6-2 last week and hitting on a nice underdog in Jake Collier. So let’s keep the good times rolling this week with UFC 256 predictions!
Despite numerous matchups falling out, this fight card is still pretty stacked. Here are my UFC 256 predictions for this Saturday’s event at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. All winners, all killer, no filler.
All odds courtesy of MyBookie
UFC 256 Predictions
Deiveson Figueiredo (-315) vs Brandon Moreno
Yes, we’re talking about Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno again already, after both just having separate fights three weeks ago at UFC 255. This is the quickest turnaround for a UFC title fight in history, and I’m going with the current champ ‘Daico’ to retain his belt – I’m picking him to beat any flyweight on the planet at this point until I’m proven wrong.
Tony Ferguson (-180) vs Charles Oliveira
Tony Ferguson looked like a shell of himself earlier this year, being brutalized over five rounds by Justin Gaethje after having won 12 straight fights up to that point. The surging Charles Oliveira, winner for five straight, all via stoppage, is finally getting his first big “name” opponent in this matchup. But I think Ferguson’s size, experience, and fight style are all bad news for ‘Do Bronx’.
Renato Moicano (+135) vs Rafael Fiziev
I’m loving Moicano here as a live dog. He’s got the size and reach, and the striking stats (the top predictor of a fight’s winner) in his favor. Go get that sweet, sweet plus money.
Kevin Holland (-120) vs Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza
Holland was pulled from his scheduled fight last weekend due to contracting COVID-19, and instead was plucked into this one, so it’s a bit risky taking someone so soon after being ill. But I can’t ignore the fact he’s got the striking advantage, is 13 years younger, and has nine inches of reach over the legend ‘Jacare’.
Ciryl Gane (-435) vs Junior dos Santos
After having been knocked out in his last three fights, and with UFC president Dana White mentioning plans of purging the roster of up to 60 fighters, Saturday could be the last time former champ JDS enter a UFC cage. Because the undefeated Gane is too big, too young, and too good of a striker for dos Santos to handle. But I’d steer clear of odds that high for a heavyweight fight.
Cub Swanson (+120) vs Daniel Pineda
Time to get some more of that sweet, sweet plus money. Swanson looked great his last time in the cage, albeit over a year ago. He’s got the striking advantage and will be slightly bigger than Pineda.
Mackenzie Dern (-200) vs Virna Jandiroba
This is a very intriguing matchup between two jiu jitsu wizards – six out of Dern’s nine wins are via tapout; 13 out of 16 for Jandiroba. Which probably means this will turn into a boring striking battle. I’m picking Dern to win, but I don’t like that -200 number. Maybe take a prop and bet this fight to go the distance.
Billy Quarantillo (-175) vs Gavin Tucker
Yes, I’m a traitor and I’m picking against a fellow Canadian in Gavin Tucker. However, all the stats are in the American Quarantillo’s favor – striking, grappling, size, youth. So I have to commit treason.
Tecia Torres (-450 not on My Bookie yet) vs Sam Hughes
Hughes will be making her UFC debut on a few day’s notice against veteran Tecia Torres on Saturday night after Torres’s previous opponent contracted COVID-19 (imagine that). Torres is too good, too strong, and too experienced to battle on short notice in your debut under the big lights.
Chase Hooper (-370) vs Peter Barrett
Hooper is a wunderkind, despite losing his last fight, and will be 13 years Barrett’s junior here. He’s also got the size advantage, and should get the W in the curtain jerker on Saturday night.
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