The UFC heads to Sacramento this weekend for another instalment of the Fight Night series. The main event sees Aspen Ladd and Germaine de Randamie battle for the #1 contender spot in the Women’s Bantamweight division. Former Bantamweight legend Urijah Faber also returns to face Ricky Simon in the Co-Main event. While it isn’t the most exciting card on paper, we’ll break down each of the top 3 fights from a betting perspective.
Germaine De Randamie
The first Women’s Featherweight title holder, the Dutch veteran enters this bout with an 8-3 career record. She has a strong background in kickboxing, where she managed a 37-0 career record before going into MMA. She enters this bout in very strong form, winning each of her last 4 contests.
The plucky American has had a very solid start to her MMA career, going 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the UFC. She is definitely a hard hitter for this division, winning 6 of her 8 fights via finish. Despite being primarily a striker, she also has a capable Jiu-Jitsu game if this fight goes to the ground.
Prediction: Ladd $1.85
I think Ladd is the more well-rounded of these two fighters and has the slight edge in this bout. She has been particularly impressive in the UFC so far, winning her first 2 fights with quick knockouts. I expect her speed and power to prove too much here in a relatively close bout.
After a 3 year absence, Faber returns to MMA with a strong 34-10 career record. He was definitely on the decline as he left the UFC, losing 3 of his last 5 bouts. Known for his excellent wrestling ability, he boasts an outstanding 19 wins by submission.
The young American has had an excellent start to his MMA career, winning 15 of his first 16 bouts. He only joined the UFC last year but did manage to win each of his 3 fights quite comfortably. He is also known primarily as a wrestler but does appear to have a stronger ground game than his opponent.
Prediction: Simon $1.40
Faber looked to be on his last legs about 3 years ago and I can’t imagine things have gotten better since. I just don’t think he has the athleticism to compete with a guy like Simon and likely loses via decision in this one.
The American veteran enters this bout with a very impressive 14-2 career MMA record. He is in particularly strong form, knocking out both Michael Johnson and Ricardo Lamas within his last 3 fights. With his rapidly improving wrestling and jiu-jitsu, I could see him taking things to the ground here.
The 28-year-old Bosnian also enters this bout with some very high pedigree, winning 13 of his first 14 professional fights. He possesses an elite frame for the Featherweight division and has had 9 of his wins come via finish.
Prediction: Bektic $1.65
Bektic has a notable size and athleticism advantage in this one. I think he is too powerful for Emmett on the feet and can also compete on the ground if needed. He isn’t too far from a title shot and I expect him to make a statement here.