The UFC is following up last weekends amazing UFC 239 card by heading to Sacramento with a solid Fight Night card. The main event of De Randamie vs Ladd doesn’t jump off the page, but this card is solid from top to bottom with big fights such as Faber vs Simon, Emmett vs Bektic, Elkins vs Hall and Pena vs Montano.
I have three plays on this card including two underdogs and a pick’em. Check them out below. I will be using odds from any of our top rated betting sites for Canadians.
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Germaine de Randamie vs Aspen Ladd
I expected this fight to be closer to a pick’em. Ladd has impressed in her short UFC career, and I do think she is a future star and potential title holder. That said, she’s still only 24 years old and this is a big step up in competition to face De Randamie.
Germaine De Randamie is now 4-1 in the UFC with her only loss coming to Amanda Nunes. She also has big wins over both Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington, both fighters that have had more prestigious careers than Ladd.
Ladd is going to need to avoid striking exchanges with De Randamie and to get this fight to the mat as quickly as possible. This may be easier said than done considering De Randamie has not been taken down in her last four fights.
I think this is an obvious spot to bet on the more established fighter, who is lined as the underdog. I’m taking De Randamie to win this fight. I think she can stay on her feet and overwhelm Ladd with her high level striking.
Play: De Randamie 2.45
Darren Elkins vs Ryan Hall
I really like Ryan Hall’s unique style, so I’m looking forward to this fight. This is a step up in competition for Hall, but I think it’s still a good opponent for him because Elkins doesn’t really have any huge weapons, he just keeps coming forward. Hall will be able to pull guard if he ever feels like he’s in danger and I expect an action fighter like Elkins will follow him to the ground, unlike Maynard. It’s here where we will see just how good Hall’s jiu jitsu translates when Elkins is working his ground and pound.
I think Hall is so high level in grappling that he will find an opening and get the tap at some point in this fight.
Play: Hall 1.90
Josh Emmett vs Mirsad Bektic
I’m also surprised by these odds. Josh Emmett was on a title shot track before taking a vicious elbow from Jeremy Stephens back in February of 2018. It was quite a knockout, but anyone can get caught. Emmett took over a year to recover and came out and stopped Michael Johnson in the third round in March.
Both Emmett and Bektic are high level wrestlers, but it’s Emmett that has the x-factor of one punch knockout power. If the wrestling turns out to be a wash I give Emmett a big advantage to land a knockout punch on the feet at some point in this fight.
Play: Emmett 2.40
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