This week’s UFC card takes place at the Apex center in Las Vegas after having been scheduled for London. Because of this we’ll see a handful of English fighters as well as plenty of international flavor on this slate. It’s unfortunate that the many international fighters on this card are forced to travel to the U.S. instead of staying home or near their homelands. Travel is absolutely a factor in UFC bouts.
Last week Giga Chikadze overwhelmed favored Edson Barboza in the main event, costing us -1.1 units. Chikadze’s length, movement and precision striking were simply too much for the grizzled veteran. My other release, Daniel Rodriguez, was a different story. He forced his bout against Kevin Lee into the second round and later, where his size and superior striking earned him a victory as an underdog + 130.
Insight the Octagon is 21-16 + 7.88 units with Jared Cannonier -160 parlay Leg 1 in pocket.
Derek Brunson + 160 vs. Darren Till -180
Middleweight (185 pounds), main event