Welcome to the new year! A whole new year means a whole new slate of UFC cards, which means we are all back to 0-0. Almost a month since we last saw some UFC action, needless to say, we are all collectively champing at the bit to get to these fights.
Not only will this card be the first one of the year. It will also be the first time Mixed Martial Arts will be shown on ABC. Pretty historic day for the sport as a whole. With the UFC airing on ABC, comes a few changes. The prelims will begin at 11 AM CT and the main card will kick off at 2 PM CT. This will also be the beginning of a nice little run for the UFC. Starting today, there will be 3 shows in 7 days. As there will be a card next Wednesday as well as next Saturday, all live from Abu Dhabi and Fight Island. Should be a great week, lets take a look at the fights that will kick that week off.
Here’s the entire card from top to bottom:
And here’s a look at the extended gambling odds:
A lot of newer names on the card. I’m going to pick all of the fights as usual, but we are going to go rapid-fire.
Austin Lingo 7-1 (-225) vs. Jacob Kilburn 8-3 (+205)
PICK: Austin Lingo (-255)
Sarah Moras 6-7 (-192) vs. Vanessa Melo 10-8 (+177)
PICK: Vanessa Melo (+177)
David Zawada 17-5 (+248) vs. Ramazan Emeev 19-4 (-270)
PICK: Ramazan Emeev (-270)
Carlos Felipe 9-1 (-190) vs. Justin Tafa 4-1 (+175)
PICK: Carlos Felipe (-190)
Joselyne Edwards 9-2 (-105) vs. Wu Yanan 13-3 (-105)
PICK: Joselyne Edwards (-105)
Nassourdine Imavov 9-2 (+100) vs. Phil Hawes 9-2 (-110)
PICK: Phil Hawes (-110)
Dusko Todorovic 10-0 (-150) vs. Punahele Soriano 7-0 (+140)
PICK: Dusko Todorovic (-150)
Alessio Di Chirico 12-5 (+248) vs. Joaquin Buckley 12-3 (-270)
PICK: Joaquin Buckley (-270)
Jingliang Li 17-6 (+290) vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio 28-3 (-320)
PICK: Santiago Ponzinibbio (-320)
Carlos Condit 31-13 (-175) vs. Matt Brown 24-17 (+155)
PICK: Matt Brown (+155)
Calvin Kattar 22-4 (+145) vs. Max Holloway 21-6 (-155)
PICK: Max Holloway (-155)
That’s it for my quick picks! I’ll be back Wednesday night to make some more picks and some more money! Make sure to follow along on Twitter @SONTChicago for all things Chicago Sports!