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The UFC hosts its second occasion on ABC with a middleweight predominant occasion between Marvin Vettori and Kevin Holland from the APEX Facility in Las Vegas.
It is not fairly the primary occasion the UFC was envisioning when the cardboard was put collectively. Vettori was initially slated to combat Darren Until. Nonetheless, Until suffered a damaged collarbone and Holland was known as upon to be a short-notice substitute.
That is nothing new for Holland, who stays some of the energetic fighters within the UFC. He’ll be seeking to bounce again after shedding to Derek Brunson simply three weeks in the past.
Vettori, in the meantime, brings a four-fight win streak to the combat. A win over Holland might put him on a path for a a lot larger combat subsequent day trip and a possible title combat after that.
The bout headlines a card crammed with some attention-grabbing matchups that ought to become enjoyable fights. Here is a have a look at your entire lineup and a better have a look at the most important fights on the cardboard.
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Predominant Card (ABC/ESPN+ at 3 p.m. ET)
- Kevin Holland (+260; $100 guess wins $260) vs. Marvin Vettori (-335; $100 guess wins $29.85)
- Sodiq Yusuff (-152) vs. Arnold Allen (+125)
- Sam Alvey (+160) vs. Julian Marquez (-200)
- Nina Nunes (-143) vs. Mackenzie Dern (+110)
- Mike Perry (+120) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (-150)
Prelims (ESPN+ at Midday ET)
- Jim Miller (+195) vs. Joe Solecki (-250)
- Scott Holtzman (+195) vs. Mateusz Gamrot (-250)
- Erin Blanchfield (+195) vs. Norma Dumont (-250)
- John Makdessi (+158) vs. Ignacio Bahamondes (-200)
- Yorgan De Castro (-315) vs. Jarjis Danho (+235)
- Hunter Azure (+145) vs. Jack Shore (-182)
- Luis Saldana (-143) vs. Jordan Griffin (+112)
- Da Un Jung (-141) vs. William Knight (+111)
- Impa Kasanganay (-335) vs. Sasha Palatnikov (+245)
Odds by way of DraftKings Sportsbook.
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Kevin Holland has already carved out a distinct segment as the brand new period’s Donald Cerrone. He is racked up 11 fights already since debuting in August 2018, so fast turnarounds are nothing new to him.
That will likely be essential as a result of he faces a harmful opponent in Marvin Vettori.
Holland has established himself as an attention-grabbing striker within the division. With an 81″ attain, he has uncommon size for the division and does properly sufficient to make use of it to determine a bonus at distance. But he nonetheless does properly sufficient when the combat goes to the clinch.
Brunson uncovered a weak point in his recreation, although. He took down Holland six occasions en path to a one-sided resolution that noticed Trailblazer’s successful streak snapped and a few of his mystique taken away.
That weak point could possibly be a problem in opposition to Vettori as soon as once more. The Italian Dream is a robust grappler. He solely averages 1.33 takedowns per quarter-hour, however he appears to have a very good understanding of when he ought to depend on his wrestling extra usually.
Going in opposition to Holland will likely be a kind of occasions. Holland hasn’t had sufficient time to enhance his takedown protection, and this might simply be a rerun of his run-in with Brunson.
Prediction: Vettori by way of resolution.
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Arnold Allen’s UFC profession has been a sluggish burn thus far. The Englishman debuted within the UFC in 2015 when he was simply 21 years previous and has but to lose within the UFC, however relative inactivity has prevented him from rising up the rankings too far.
Sodiq Yusuff has been slowed a bit by inactivity as properly. He is 4-0 since coming to the UFC from Dana White’s Contender Sequence in December 2018. Nonetheless, he is been away from the Octagon for over a yr after pulling out of a combat in opposition to Edson Barboza in October 2020.
The result’s a matchup of two actually proficient prospects seeking to get some momentum going.
Allen is a grappler by nature with sufficient boxing to carry his personal on the toes. Yusuff is an ideal counterpoint. His largest belongings are his velocity and energy within the standup division, and he would not provoke grappling however does properly sufficient to remain upright more often than not.
Yusuff is a robust starter, however Allen has the higher gasoline tank. Anticipate this one to be a back-and-forth affair through which the second spherical is the tipping level. Yusuff ought to win the primary spherical, however Allen can have the chance to implement his recreation plan as Yusuff’s output tapers.
If that does not occur till the third, Allen might run out of time. But when he is capable of sap a few of that vitality early by forcing the grappling, it might arrange a call win even when he loses the primary spherical.
Prediction: Allen by way of resolution.
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Nina Nunes (previously Nina Ansaroff) makes her return to the cage since giving start to her and spouse Amanda Nunes’ first daughter in September 2020. Her final bout was a call loss to Tatiana Suarez in June 2019.
Earlier than her maternity go away, Nunes was placing collectively the most effective run of her profession. A win over Claudia Gadelha gave her a four-fight win streak, and a loss to Suarez is comprehensible. She’s undefeated and hasn’t fought since.
The first query for Nunes on this spot is that if she will be able to nonetheless seize the shape she was in earlier than the break. At 35 years previous, these layoffs could be more durable to come back again from.
Mackenzie Dern—then again—remains to be progressing as a fighter. The 28-year-old had a busy 2020 racking up three straight wins over Hannah Cifers, Randa Markos and Virna Jandiroba.
The query, as is commonly the case in Dern fights, is how she handles the moments the place the combat is on the toes. Her kickboxing has improved since making her UFC debut in 2018, however it’s nonetheless largely unpolished, and Nunes has sufficient to definitely outpoint her throughout three rounds.
However Dern’s submission recreation remains to be harmful as ever. She is not a takedown grasp by any stretch however her fights usually discover a approach to the bottom. When she’s there, she holds an enormous benefit over Nunes.
Prediction: Dern by way of second-round submission.
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