Khusein Askhabov vs Jamall Emmers
Khusein Askhabov ML (-160)
Khusein Askhabov is an undefeated 28 year old fighter making his UFC debut with an impressive 23-0 record. He is a well rounded martial artist with 10 wins by submission, six by knockout and is both a former Sambo and Karate world champion. He makes his UFC debut against Jamall Emmers who is 1-2 in his three UFC fights and was finished by a heel hook submission in the first round of his last fight with Pat Sabatini. Askhabov will be a step ahead in the striking and likely draw out desperation takedowns from Emmers and show his advantages in the grappling exchanges as well in what I expect to be a one sided victory for the UFC newcomer.
Nazim Sadykhov vs Evan Elder
Nazim Sadykhov ML (-200)
For my second bet I’m going with another UFC debutant in Nazim Sadykhov. Sadykhov is a 7-1 Azerbaijani fighter who earned his UFC contract with a right hook knockout last year on Dana White’s Contender Series. Sadykhov faces Evan Elder who lost his UFC debut by unanimous decision to Preston Parsons in April of last year. Sadykhov is once again just the better fighter everywhere here in this matchup. He will nullify the takedown attempts from Elder, I see him hurting him on the feet and possibly even finishing this fight to make a statement in his UFC debut.
Philipe Lins vs Ovince Saint Preux
Philipe Lins ML (-220)
Philipe Lins KO (+250)
39 Year Old Ovince Saint Preux is not the same OSP that challenged Jon Jones for the Light Heavyweight title. Going 3-5 in his last eight fights, he has been a sluggish, tentative fighter just avoiding being knocked out. Last year he barely pulled out a Split Decision win over and even further past-their-prime Mauricio Shogun Rua, and prior to that was knocked out by his previous two opponents. He faces Philipe Lins who came into the UFC with high expectations after winning the PFL Heavyweight Championship in 2018. After dropping his first two fights in the UFC to Andrei Arlovski and Tanner Boser Lins has lost some of his shine which is probably the only reason we get him at a playable line against a faded OSP. Lins moneyline is a lock at -220 and I am personally going to sprinkle Lins by KO at +250. He is an underrated striker with heavy hands that needs to put on a statement performance after going 1-2 in the promotion and I believe he knocks out Ovince Saint Preux to do just that.
Jessica Andrade vs Erin Blanchfield
Jessica Andrade ML (-135)
2.5 Rounds UNDER (+100)
Erin Blanchfield is one of the brightest prospects in the Women’s Flyweight division and will be for years to come, but right now Jessica Andrade is too much too soon for her in her unblemished, untested UFC career. Blanchfield is a terrific grappler and I don’t question one bit that she could hang with Andrade there but she just does not have the striking arsenal to dance with Andrade on the feet. I’ll take Andrade Moneyline at -135 all day against almost anyone. I see Blanchfield’s only possible path to victory as an early submission but if the grappling fails to amount to anything in the first five to seven minutes of the fight I see Andrade knocking her out, so I also love the under 2.5 rounds at plus money.
4 Leg ML Parlay: +517
Odds via Betfred Sportsbook