The UFC APEX facility welcomes Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) to this “Sin City”. Night (August 1, 2020) when 185-pound veteran Derek Bronson attempted to stem the rise of debutant middleweight star Edmain Shahbazan at the ESPN + Main Event.
The “UFC Vegas 5” fight card also featured a clash between top five flyweight Joan Calderwood and Jennifer Maia with several potential Burnburners, including Vicente Lukey vs. Randy Brown and Lando Nanamata vs. Bobby Green 2.
Although we’re still a few weeks out from the next major pay-per-view (PPV) event, it’s never too early to start saving.
What went wrong in UFC in ESPN 14?
Everything worked on the undercard, though Francisco Trinaldo sweated me a bit. Unfortunately, while my prediction that Gadzimurad Antigulov would be able to vindicate Paul Craig, my prediction that he would later dominate the mat proved disastrously wrong. Oh well; Still a profit, not just a treasure.
Jonathan Martinez (-250) vs Frankie Sainz (+210)
Gerald Meurschart (-175) vs Ed Herman (+155)
Ray Borg (-235) vs Nathan Manes (+195)
Marcus Perez (-200) vs Eric Spicley (+170)
Timur Valiv (-155) vs Jamal Amers (+135)
Chris Gutierrez (-350) vs Cody Durden (+290)
idea: Three people fighting over their ideal weight classes may seem like odd choices, but trust me on it. Gerald Meurschart, Ray Borg, and Timur Valiv are all worth your time.
It is not unreasonable for me to say that Ed Harman’s recent light heavyweight success came against extremely limited opposition. Pat Cummins is extremely fragile and Khadi Ibrimimov threw his UFC career away instead of relying on his excellent Sambo game. Meerschaert is a more effective striker and submission artist than either of them, and even after Ian Hensich’s knockout defeat, Herman is too durable to be out-slugged and too much for Batman on the mat Figures to be clever. “GM3” returns to the win column.
Nathan Mansey is a solid fighter with some good wins on his record, but has shown some huge flaws in his game, which allows Taylor Lapillas to separate him widely despite the considerable height advantage of “Methem”. Although Borg’s lack of strength seems to be on paper, it is not a difficult man to close the gap against Manus and is on the wrong end of the arm-speed fight. Borg has got the equipment to hold himself on his feet and on the mat, so bet accordingly.
Timur Velive, although a natural bantamweight, had an outstanding run in the PFL’s 2018 145-pound tournament, showing the speed and variety needed to make up for the size. Amers, although a capable striker and a very effective wrestler, has a habit of worrying about having opponents in his team, leaving him out of the Kentander Series and making his debut in the Octagon. He can’t get off to a slow start against Vallive, and even if he gets his head straight, Valavey has the striking advantage and ability to balance and grapple enough to minimize the threat of an Immerse takedown Is capable of Expect a strong start from the Ricardo Almeida BJJ product.
Edman Shahbaz (-320) vs Derek Brunson (+260)
Lando Vannata (-145) vs Bobby Green (+125)
Joan Calderwood (-160) vs Jennifer Maia (+140)
Vicente Lukey (-185) vs Randy Brown (+160)
Kevin Holland (-210) vs Trevin Giles (+175)
idea: Both Bobby Green and Vicente Luke are not featured here.
Having defeated life-changing Yancey Medeiros in his previous fights, and Marcos Mariano, signed as cannon fodder, did little to convince me that Lando Vannata is finally living up to his potential. On Flipside, Francisco Trinaldo and Drucker Close did whatever they could to make it clear that Green’s resurgence is no joke. If Green can avoid dropping the 10-8 first round like he did last time, then he has a chance to pick up stuff as the fight progresses. It is a toss-up on Green at worst and likes Green at best, making “King” a worthwhile underdog pick.
Frankly, I can’t see what advantages Randy Brown has in height and reach other than Vicente Luke. Luke got far more firepower, a ridiculously durable chin, better technical kickboxing, and a more dangerous ground game. Brown is not very likely to rock “The Silent Assassins” on the feet or have continued wrestling success, leaving him at the mercy of some of the division’s heaviest hands. Luke is too tough, too clever, and too powerful for “Rude Boy” or practically anyone outside the welterweight top 10. Make sure you are in a state of profit.
Best bets for UFC Vegas 5:
Parle-Ray Borg and Vicente Lukey: $ 50 to make $ 60
Parlay-Gerald Meerschaert & Timur Valiev: $ 40 to make $ 63.60
Single Bet-Bobby Green: $ 40 to make $ 50
Between the serious action fights on the undercard and the possibilities of a must-watch debut, it doesn’t look too shabby.
Initial Investment for 2020: $ 300
Current Total: $ 443.76
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