The heater is in full effect! I’ve gone 16-8 over the last two UFC events, and 23-14 over the past three, so happy days are here again. I plan on keeping it going this week with my UFC Vegas 36 Predictions before the UFC takes a rare week off next week. LET’S GOOOOOOO!!!
UFC Vegas 36 Predictions
All odds courtesy of PointsBet
Derek Brunson (+150) vs Darren Till
Let’s go for the big bucks right away with the main event and take underdog Derek Brunson. While the 37-year-old Brunson is eight years older than Darren Till and has been knocked out five times in his career, I think he’s a nightmare matchup for the younger man. He’s on an absolute tear as of late (four straight wins and six of eight) and has the stifling wrestling and dangerous striking to put himself one step closer to his first career UFC title shot.
Tom Aspinall (-250) vs Sergey Spivak
‘The Polar Bear’ Sergey Spivak is taking this fight on very short notice, which is never conducive to winning. Plus, I believe Tom Aspinall is a legit top prospect in the UFC heavyweight division, having finished all 10 of his career wins (including three in the UFC). Aspinall via (T)KO might be a prop bet you want to sprinkle some money on.
Alex Morono (-125) vs David Zawada
I’m going against my late notice stat and taking Alex Morono despite him taking this fight on short notice. He’s just a better fighter than David Zawada, and -125 is a really nice number to be getting here. Look for “The Great White” to piece up Zawada on the feet.
Modestas Bukauskas (-160) vs Khalil Rountree Jr.
After coming into the UFC with a bunch of hype, and subsequently winning his debut, ‘The Baltic Gladiator’ Modestas Bukauskas has dropped his last two fights. I’m counting on him bouncing back here against veteran Khlail Rountree Jr. Rountree has not looked good as of late, and Bukauskas is bigger and younger. He’s my lock pick of the week.
Paddy Pimblett (-167) vs Luigi Vendramini
Finally, the much-hyped Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett makes his UFC debut after turning down the organization multiple times in the past. The Liverpudlian is a massive star in the U.K. and a former Cage Warriors champion. I’m betting on the hype being real and Pimblett taking care of Luigi Vendramini in his debut.
Molly McCann (-110) vs Ji Yeon Kim
The prelim main event sees ‘Meatball’ Molly McCann battle ‘Firefist’ Ji Yeon Kim in a women’s flyweight bout. This is a tough one to pick, hence the almost pick ’em number currently on the board for the fight. While McCann is a good striker, she also is an underrated grappler and I think her wrestling can be the deciding factor here since Kim struggles with that aspect of the game.
Jack Shore (-550) vs Liudvik Sholinian
Jack Shore is one of the brightest prospects in the UFC bantamweight division and Liudvk Sholinian is stepping into his UFC debut on short notice after having competed on the most recent season of The Ultimate Fighter. Easy pick.
Julian Erosa (+155) vs Charles Jourdain
Time for another dog, and time to pick against a fellow Candian. ‘Juicy J’ Julian Erosa has four inches of height and five inches of reach on Charles ‘Air’ Jourdain, and the wild, pressuring style to get himself a W here (and us some sweet plus money).
Marc-Andre Barriault (-160) vs Dalcha Lungiambula
I’ll give in and take a Canadian in this fight. Marc-Andre Barriault has the gas tank and the power in his strikes to outlast the powerful Dalcha Lungiambula, and perhaps get a late-round finish.
Jonathan Martinez (-165) vs Marcelo Rojo
In the curtain jerker, I’ll be betting against another short-notice replacement in Marcelo Rojo. Plus Jonathan Martinez is the younger fighter and the better striker.
Overall Record: 494-402
Return on Investment: -(9.4)%
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