Stipe Miocic confirmed himself as the ‘baddest man on the plant’ – outpointing Daniel Cormier in an exciting heavyweight clash. UFC 252 was a night full of upsets, with Sean O’Malley also being humbled at the hands of Marlon Vera in the co-main event.
Miocic will likely defend his Heavyweight title against Francis Ngannou, Cormier has previously stated that UFC 252 would be his final fight – although he has not yet confirmed this since the loss.
Cormier is a future Hall of Famer – a two-weight world champion, and Olympian. There are not many others in the UFC who can claim to be one of the sport’s GOATS – but he is one of them.
Sean O’Malley took his first career loss after twisting his ankle – leaving him unable to put any weight on it. That awkwardness led to him being stunned and then knocked out by Vera. Vera will now surely have his eyes on a fight against a top ten fighter.
UFC Vegas 7
Dana White continues to ensure that MMA fans have fights to watch each week, with the UFC staging its 7th Vegas Fight Night.
Held once again at the UFC Apex, fight fans will be treated to a range of exciting looking matchups. We will aim to highlight the best value bets from the main and co-main events.
Ovince Saint Preux v Alonzo Menifield
Yoel Romero vs Uriah Hall was slated to be this week’s co-main event. However, that bout has now been scrapped after Romero suffered an as yet unknown injury.
Saint Preux had been preparing to fight Shamil Gamzatov this weekend but Gamzatov has now been replaced by Alonzo Menifield for this co-main event.
Saint Preux comes into this with a 24-14 career MMA record and has previously fought for the Light Heavyweight title, against Jon Jones at UFC 197. At that point in time, he was one of the hottest prospects in the division – but his career has been on the decline since. He has lost 4 of his last 6 fights, most recently seen losing against Ben Rothwell in May 2020.
His opponent this weekend, Alonzo Menifield is one of the UFC’s hot prospects in the Light Heavyweight Division. Currently holding a 9-1 record as a professional, Menifield is actually coming into this fight off the back of his first career loss.
He lost a decision to Devin Clarke in June – in a closely fought battle that could have gone either way. He will be looking to get his UFC career back on track this weekend by stopping one of the division’s bigger names.
A knock out specialist, Menifield impressed throughout Dana White’s ‘Contender Series’ before being handed his first UFC contract. He finished numerous opponents with highlight-reel KO’s in the process – and will be looking to replicate that here this weekend.
Menifield has never taken an opponent down – instead focussing on his striking game. He is an impressive striker and has the ability to KO at will. With seven of his nine career wins coming in the first round – it will be interesting to see how he handles Saint Preux this weekend. If OSP is able to survive the initial onslaught, then he may have a chance of upsetting the younger fighter.
However we feel this is unlikely, and the most likely winner of this one is the up and coming Alonzo Menifield.
Prediction – Alonzo Menifield to win by way of KO
Pedro Munhoz v Frankie Edgar
Two of the promotion’s top ten Bantamweight fighters square off for this main event. Pedro Munhoz, ranked number 5 in the division boasts an 18-4-0 career record – and comes into this as the betting favorite.
His opponent this weekend is Franke Edgar, a true veteran of the fight game – boasting a 23-8-1 career record. Edgar is currently the 8th ranked bantamweight in the UFC and has been installed as the betting ‘dog – priced at (+205).
On paper – this should be a straight forward win for Munhoz. Aged 33, he is 5 years younger than Frankie Edgar – and has far fewer miles on the clock. Last seen losing to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 238 – Munhoz has had a chance to regroup over the last 14 months and prepare for this challenge. Prior to that loss, he was riding a three-fight win streak – including an impressive KO win over ex-champ Cody Garbrandt.
Munhoz is an exciting fighter – often showcasing a range of MMA skills in the octagon. He has won a ‘performance, or fight of the night’ bonus in 4 of his last 9 outings. Now fighting out of the American Top Team camp, the Brazilian will be looking to take the win here ahead of a push for the Bantamweight title in the future.
In Frankie Edgar, Munhoz faces an equally dynamic fighter. Approaching his 39th birthday, Edgar has shown that he can mix it with the very best in the fight game. The former Lightweight Champion made his UFC debut way back in 2007, at UFC 67.
Since then, he has fought several of the biggest names in the history of MMA. He won all three fights in a trilogy with BJ Penn, and also completed wins against Cub Swanson, Urijah Faber, Jeremy Stephens and Chad Mendes.
However – his recent record is worrying, losing three of his last four bouts. Most recently, going down to a TKO loss at the hands of Chan Sung Jung. It will be an impressive turnaround in form if Edgar is able to avenge those losses with a win over Pedro Munhoz this Saturday night.
Bringing a kickboxing background to the octagon, Munhoz will likely look to utilize some punishing kicks to the body in the early minutes of this fight. His aim will be to finish Edgar with his signature guillotine choke.
Six of his nine career submission wins have come by way of the guillotine and it would not be a surprise if that were the outcome once again this weekend.
Frankie Edgar has a top-quality wrestling background and often looks to land takedowns before grappling his opponents on the mat. However- it is unclear what motivation Edgar will have left – he is approaching the end of his UFC career, and is going to be up against a younger, and hungrier opponent this weekend.
Prediction – Pedro Munhoz to win by way of submission