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UFC Fight Island 7 Predictions

UFC Fight Island 7 Predictions

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.

 

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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

UFC Fight Island 7 Predictions

If we had a time machine, this would have been a great fight about a decade ago, but by this point both men are well past their primes. Should still be a fun scrap, regardless. Condit is the pick, as he’s bigger and younger, but this could definitely go either way.

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.

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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.

 

 

UFC Predictions Overall Results 

Record: 196-124
Earnings:  -($381.68)
Return on Investment:   -(1.2)%

 

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Jeff Fox is the evil genius behind www.mma-manifesto.com. His work has also appeared in SLAM, Athlon Sports, FIGHT! & Fighters Only magazines, SI.com, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many other fine establishments across the globe.

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