Dan Ige vs Damon Jackson
Dan Ige -125
I believe the line is slightly skewed on this matchup simply due to the books’ recency bias. If you look at Jackson’s recent performances and Ige’s recent performances one would surely favor Jackson. Jackson is on a four-fight win streak and coming off a first-round knockout finish of Pat Sabatini in September. While Ige has lost three in a row. However, you can’t just look at the wins and losses, you have to also look at who they are fighting. Ige’s three losses are to the Korean zombie who went on to fight for the title, Josh Emmet, who is about to challenge for an interim title, and undefeated contender Movsar Evloev. Before those losses Ige had a 22 second knockout over Gavin Tucker, an up and comer on a winning streak just like Jackson. This is a major step down in competition for Dan Ige and a good way for him to get back in the win column, and at -125 he will be in my bet slip expeditiously.
Punahele Soriano vs Roman Kopylov
Punahele Soriano -160
This pick is simple for me, when Puna Soriano fights strikers he puts them to sleep. We get him at a great line of -160 due to him dropping two of his last three to grapplers in Nick Maximov and Brendan Allen, but Kopylov is a kickboxer willing to trade with Puna. All three of Soriano’s wins in the UFC have come by way of lethal knockout and I expect him to do the same Saturday.
Javid Basharat vs Mateus Mendonca
Javid Basharat -325
As exciting of a 48 second finish Mendonca had on the contender series, Javid Basharat is a tough ask for anyone’s UFC debut. Basharat, an undefeated contender series veteran himself has gone 2-0 since getting his contract and has looked like a future contender in doing so. He is a cleaner stiker, a more well-rounded martial artist, and a safe addition to any parlays at -325.
Allan Nascimento vs Carlos Hernandez
Allan Nascimento -345
Allan Nascimento is a rising prospect from Charles Oliveira and Diego Lima’s Chute Box Gym, and you will see it in his fighting style. Forward pressure, Brazilian Muay Thai on the feet, and if he gets you on the ground its probably wraps. He has leveled up since losing his UFC debut by split decision and knocked off undefeated prospect Jake Hadley, as a sizable underdog. His octagon experience and forward pressure will prove to much for Carlos Hernandez in his sophomore effort with the UFC. Lock in Nascimento.
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