Finally, after an interminable three week absence of no UFC, we FINALLY have some more fisticuffs to bet on this weekend. Yes, the UFC is back with UFC Fight Island 7, from the magical, mystical, mythical UFC Fight Island. The card is headlined by featherweights Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar, and will be the promotion’s debut on ABC TV, so note the 3:00 pm Eastern start time for the main card (all the fight lineup info you can get right here).
So let’s get the new year kicked off right with nothing but perfect UFC Fight Island 7 picks.
UFC Fight Island 7 Fight Card Predictions
Max Holloway (-165) vs Calvin Kattar
Full disclosure – I’m only picking Mad Max because he was my pick on this week’s podcast (which you need to listen to weekly, ok?!). I’m waffling a bit on the pick, because he gets hit a helluva a lot and Kattar can crack. Holloway does have the ever-important striking stats in his favor, and is the younger, yet more experienced fighter. And looking at Kattar’s resume, he has lost any time he’s faced a serious step up in competition. Ok, now I’m convinced – Holloway is the pick.
Carlos Condit (-170) vs Matt Brown
Santiago Ponzinibbio (-300) vs Li Jingliang
This will be the Argentinian Ponzinibbio’s first foray into the octagon since November of 2018 due to a variety of maladies. He’s on a seven-fight winning streak, and has won nine of 10. Assuming he knocks off the ring rust quickly, he should have a victorious return against The Leech, who is taking this fight on short notice.
Joaquin Buckley (-270) vs Alessio Di Chirico
Buckley is probably being overvalued here due to his crazy viral knockout from last year, but he’s still my pick to win this fight. He’s bigger, younger, and on a two-fight winning streak, while Di Chirico has yet to win a fight inside the UFC’s octagon (0-3).
Dusko Todorovic (-165) vs Punahele Soriano
Two undefeated (Todorovic is 10-0, Soriano 7-0) pros clash in this one to see who gets to keep the 0 in their record. Todorovic is taller, younger, and has a longer reach, and, most importantly, is my pick.
Nassourdine Imavov (+100) vs Phil Hawes
Finally picking a dog on this chalky, chalky card. Imavov is six years younger, three inches taller, and has the superior striking stats over Hawes, who has been mediocre in the UFC (1-1) and took multiple attempts on Dana White’s Contender Series to get signed by the organization.
Wu Yanan (-115) vs Joselyne Edwards
Somehow Yanan is a pick ’em with the debuting, short notice Edwards, who has a bit of a padded record fighting cans. While Yanan is only 1-2 in the UFC, she has fought superior competition, and will be the bigger and younger fighter in this matchup. Jump on this number.
Carlos Felipe (-190) vs Justin Tafa
Two #chunkyguys go at it in the lone heavyweight tilt on the card. I’m liking Felipe to best Tafa, who has been sidelined for almost a year.
Ramazan Emeev (-265) vs David Zawada
Emeev, the former M-1 Middleweight Champion, is the obvious pick for me here. He’s won four of his last five, has a slight reach advantage, and has both the striking and the grappling stats in his favor.
Sarah Moras (-225) vs Vanessa Melo
Finally a good matchup for my fellow Canadian Moras, who is only 3-5 in the UFC. Melo has lost all three of her UFC appearances, and Moras is just better than her all around, as well as being bigger.
Austin Lingo (-220) vs Jacob Kilburn
The curtain jerker sees two featherweights looking to bounce back after dropping their UFC debuts. Lingo has the striking and grappling stats in his favor, so he’s the pick.
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