The UFC APEX device welcomes mixed martial arts (MMA) back to Sin City this hour. night (August 1, 2020), when 185-pound veteran Derek Brunson tries to stop the rising middleweight star Edman Shahbazyan in the ESPN + main event.
The UFC Vegas 5 battle card also includes a clash between the five biggest flywheels, Joan Calderwood and Jennifer Maya, along with a number of potential barns, including Vicente Luke vs. Randy Brown and Lando Bathtub against Bobby Green.
Although we are still a few weeks away from the next big payroll (PPV), it’s never too early to start saving.
This is how.
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Everything worked at the bottom, although Francisco Trinaldo made me sweat a little. Unfortunately, although my prediction that Gadzhimurad Antigulov would be able to outwit Paul Craig turned out to be correct, my prediction that he would later dominate the mat turned out to be catastrophically wrong. Oh, good; still a win, just not a jackpot.
Jonathan Martinez (-250) vs. Frankie Saenz (+210)
Gerald Meerschaert (-175) vs. Ed Herman (+155)
Ray Borg (-235) vs. Nathan Manes (+195)
Marcus Perez (-200) vs. Eric Spicy (+170)
Timur Valiev (-155) against Jamal Emers (+135)
Chris Gutierrez (-350) vs. Cody Durden (+290)
Thoughts: Three guys struggling over their ideal weight classes may seem like a strange choice, but believe me. Gerald Meerscheer, Ray Borg and Timur Valiev all deserve your time.
I don’t think it’s unfair to say that Ed Herman’s recent success in the lightweight division was against very limited opposition. Pat Cummins is emotionally fragile and Hadith Ibragimov threw his career into the UFC, scolding instead of relying on his excellent sambo game. Meerschaert is a more effective striker and pitcher than either, and even trying to lose a knockout by Ian Heinisch, he still thinks he’s too resilient for Herman to overtake and too cunning for Herman to overhang of the carpet. “GM3” returns to the profit column.
Nathan Manes is a solid fighter with several good victories in his record, but showed some major flaws in his game that allowed Taylor Lapilus to comprehensively separate him despite the significant height advantage of Mayhem. While Borg’s absence may seem appalling on paper, Manes is not a difficult person to close the gap and is at the wrong end of the battle for speed at hand. Borg has the tools to keep himself on his feet and on the mat, so bet accordingly.
Timur Valiev, although a natural Bantamweight, had an excellent run in the PFL 2018 tournament with 145 kilograms, showing the speed and variety needed to compensate for the size. Emers, although a capable striker and a very effective fighter, has a disturbing habit of indulging his opponents in the strikes that caused him to be knocked out of the Container series and beaten by Giga Chikadze in his debut in the Octagon. He can’t afford a slow start against Valiev, and even if he heads straight, Valiev has the overwhelming advantage and enough balance and confusing ability to threaten to take Emers away. Expect a strong debut from the product of Ricardo Almeida BJJ.
Edman Shahbazyan (-320) against Derek Brunson (+260)
Lando Bath (-145) vs. Bobby Green (+125)
Joan Calderwood (-160) vs. Jennifer Maya (+140)
Vicente Luque (-185) vs. Randy Brown (+160)
Kevin Holland (-210) vs. Trevin Giles (+175)
Thoughts: Both Bobby Green and Vicente Luce are particularly underrated.
The defeats of Yancy Medeiros, who had undergone life changes in his previous fights, and Marcos Mariano, who was signed as feed, do not convince me that Lando Bath is finally experiencing its potential. On the other hand, by giving Francisco Trinaldo and Draccar Klose everything they could handle, it became clear that Green’s revival was no joke. If Green can avoid the relegation of the 10-8 first round, as last time, he has the goods to take over as the fight progresses. It’s a throw in the worst case and slightly favors Green at best, making the King a worthy choice for minors.
Honestly, I don’t see what advantages Randy Brown has over Vicente Luque other than height and range. Luque has far more firepower, a ridiculously durable chin, better technical kickboxing and a more dangerous game on the ground. Brown is unlikely to shoot the “Silent Killer” to his feet or find lasting success in the fight, leaving him at the mercy of some of the division’s heaviest hands. Luque is just too hard, too smooth and too powerful for “Rude Boy” or practically anyone outside the top 10 in weight. Make sure you are able to take advantage.
Best Bets on UFC Vegas 5:
Parlay-Ray Borg and Vicente Luque: $ 50 to make $ 60
Parlay-Gerald Meershayer and Timur Valiev: $ 40 to make $ 63.60
Single bet-Bobby Green: $ 40 for $ 50
Between the potential for serious combat action and the obligatory debut of Undercard, this one doesn’t seem too worn out.
Initial investment for 2020: $ 300
Current total: $ 443.76
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