The good times keep on rolling in this space, as, despite not feeling like I had a firm grasp on the whole fight card, I went 9-5 last week at UFC Vegas 51 and won money yet again. Let’s see if we can keep this heater rolling this weekend with another UFC Fight Night card. Here are my UFC Vegas 52 predictions.
UFC Vegas 52 Predictions
All odds courtesy of PointsBet
Jessica Andrade (-239) vs Amanda Lemos
Amanda Lemos’s name might come first on the marquee for Saturday’s event, but she’s a big underdog going up against former champ Jessica Andrade. And I’m agreeing with the line, going chalk on this one. Lemos has yet to prove she can hang at the elite level of the sport, while Andrade only loses to champs or former champs (her last loss to someone who has never held UFC gold was 2015). Andrade for the win.
Claudio Puelles (-110) vs Clay Guida
I don’t see why this one is a pick ’em on the board, but I’ll take it. Claudio Puelles is 15 years younger than Clay Guida. That is probably all you need to know here. He also has won four straight fights, and if Guida tries to utilize his grappling and take him down, he’s going to get submitted.
Alexandr Romanov (-1250) vs Chase Sherman
Chase Sherman was just released by the UFC before they snatched him back up to step into this fight on short notice. He’s admitted to not being in fighting shape, and he’s going up against a monstrous prospect in 15-0 Alexandr Romanov. Easy pick, bad number though, especially at heavyweight.
Maycee Barber (-190) vs Montana De La Rosa
Two young guns of the women’s flyweight division go up against one another in this one, in a striker vs grappler battle. While Maycee Barber’s striking really doesn’t look that great, it is still better than Montana De La Rosa’s. I’m betting on her to keep De La Rosa off of her and win a striking battle.
Charles Jourdain (-120) vs Lando Vannata
I’m going with the striker over the grappler (scrambler more like) again in this fight, and I’m backing my fellow Canadian, Charles Jourdain. Not only is he a better striker than Lando Vannata, but he is also more active landing strikes. Plus, he’s three years younger. Sold.
Marc-Andre Barriault (-180) vs Jordan Wright
I’ve got to take another Canadian in this one, despite Marc-Andre Barriault taking this fight on short notice. Jordan Wright’s resume is full of cans, which Barriault most certainly is not. ‘Power Bar’ is next to impossible to finish in a fight – he’s the pick.
Sergey Khandozhko (-120) vs Dwight Grant
I like Sergey Khandozhko’s all-around skills better than Dwight Grant’s, plus he’s eight years his junior. But it is hard to put a lot of stock in a guy who hasn’t fought since November of 2019.
Tyson Pedro (-600) vs Ike Villanueva
I’m backing another guy coming off of a long layoff in Tyson Pedro, who has been out of the cage since December of 2018. Regardless, he’s much better than journeyman Ike Villanueva and can take this fight to the mat at any time if he doesn’t like where things are headed on the feet.
Qileng Aori (-250) vs Cameron Else
Qileng Aori is six years younger than Cameron Else, is a more active striker, and a far better grappler. And Else hasn’t fought since his lone UFC fight, a TKO loss back in October of 2020.
Preston Parsons (-118) vs Evan Elder
This fight just got made, with newcomer Evan Elder stepping in up a weight class to face Preston Parsons at welterweight. I’m not betting on a UFC newcomer coming in on a few days’ notice up a weight class. Parsons is the pick.
Marcin Prachnio (-125) vs Phillipe Lins
Phillipe Lins has not been able to transfer his success from PFL to the UFC, going 0-2 thus far. And Marcin Prachnio is the better and more active striker.
Dean Barry (-1000) vs Mike Jackson
Dean Barry is a legit-looking Irish prospect, going up against a guy whose MMA experience consists of beating CM Punk and being tapped out by Mickey Gall. Hence the -1000 line.
Overall Record: 707-503
Return on Investment: 5.8%