In the main event, featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski (22-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) takes on challenger Brian Ortega (15-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC). Volkanovski is a -190 favorite at Tipico. And only one of our 13 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers is picking the +145 underdog Ortega to pull the upset.
In the co-feature, women’s flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko (21-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) is a massive -1800 favorite against challenger Lauren Murphy (15-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC). Not surprisingly, Shevchenko is one of two unanimous picks on our main card.
Also on the main card, Nick Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) returns for the first time in nearly seven years to take on former welterweight champ Robbie Lawler (28-15 MMA, 13-9 UFC) in a rematch at middleweight. Lawler is a -155 favorite, but he’s only got a 7-6 lead in the picks.
Our other unanimous pick is at heavyweight. Curtis Blaydes (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) is a -340 favorite against Jairzinho Rozenstruik (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), and he pitched a 13-0 shutout in the picks.
And to open the main card, former women’s strawweight champ Jessica Andrade (21-9 MMA, 12-7 UFC) is a -270 favorite at flyweight against Cynthia Calvillo (9-2-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC). Andrade has a big 10-3 lead in the picks.
In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Volkanovski (58 percent), Shevchenko (95 percent), Diaz (61 percent), Blaydes (71 percent) and Andrade (80 percent) are the choices.
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