UFC Vegas 54 | Main Card Preview
Saturday, May 14th (10:00 PM EST Main Card, 7:30 PM EST Prelims)
Jan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic
WATCH - #1 Jan Blachowicz was a must watch champion. A finisher with legendary polish power. But he absolutely folded in his last fight and lost the belt, which is going to call into question whether his age is finally starting to show and his ability to beat up top contenders is going to fall off a cliff. No better test for that than the arguably scariest, albeit boring, top contender #3 Aleksandar Rakic. Jan is going to have to bring back his polish power or else we’re all going to fall asleep watching him get held down for 5 rounds.
FGTDalgo Bet - Fight Does Not Go The Distance 1u @ -140 (better than -168.5)
Ryan Spann vs. Ion Cutelaba
WATCH - Matchmaking so good it almost makes you forget that the UFC wants to give McGregor a title shot after 2 straight losses. #13 Ryan Spann is a powerful man who is willing to land on your face with overcharged shots, even if it means exposing himself to getting rocked as well. Might as well control copy and control paste because there is no light heavyweight more similar in that regard than Ion Cutelaba who has finally crawled his way back into the rankings picture since getting knocked out in the 1st round twice in a row by Magomed Ankalaev. But Cutelaba is still young and seems to be evolving into someone who can utilize grappling and cardio effectively in order to confidently win decisions. Which is an important factor in a match-up that would otherwise be two 7 minute-men going head to head.
Davey Grant vs. Louis Smolka
WATCH - Something about eating beans for breakfast that makes a man a true gladiator. Cause these Englishmen seem to all be willing to die in an all out striking brawl in the octagon. Davey Grant may not have 4 wins in a row, but he certainly has 4 bonuses in a row from how exciting he is. Louis Smolka should be willing to join him in his death wish, as he’s been exciting as well lately with all 6 of his fights ending in the first 2 rounds since he re-entered the UFC in 2018.
MMAalgo Bet - Louis Smolka 3.5u @ +235 (better than -146.9)
FGTDalgo Bet - Fight Goes The Distance 1u @ +170 (better than -153.6)
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Amanda Ribas
BATHROOM BREAK - I think there may just be a reason that the algo is betting this fight goes the distance. #1 women’s flyweight Chookagian is the most boring fighter in the most boring division in the UFC. Look at her DANA Record and try not to puke. And she just keeps winning decisions so they can’t get rid of her. Plus women’s flyweight is so shallow that they now have to loan contenders from strawweight like #9 Ribas just to keep Chookagian busy.
MMAalgo Bet - Amanda Ribas 3.5u @ +155 (better than -137.6)
FGTDalgo Bet - Fight Goes The Distance 1u @ -225 (better than -278.0)
Frank Camacho vs. Manuel Torres
BATHROOM BREAK - Debutante vs awful journeyman. Feels like an early-prelims level fight, regardless of the outcome.
Jake Hadley vs. Allan Nascimento
WATCH - Jake Hadley is young, undefeated, and debuting in the UFC. He may finally answer the age old question: would a British flyweight get a massive push cause he’s British or get largely ignored because he’s a flyweight. The most overhyped region for fighters and the most underrated weight class rolled together into one incredibly talented and promising, undefeated prospect.
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