In the main event, former featherweight champion Max Holloway (22-6 MMA, 18-6 UFC) takes on Yair Rodriguez (13-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC), who is fighting for the first time in more than two years. Holloway is a huge -800 favorite at Tipico; the comeback on Rodriguez is +470. Given those odds, it’s not surprising that not a single one of our 13 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers is picking against Holloway.
In the co-feature, Marcos Rogerio de Lima (18-7-1 MMA, 7-5 UFC) meets Ben Rothwell (39-13 MMA, 9-7 UFC) at heavyweight. And though Rothwell only is a -165 favorite, he’s got the support of 11 of our 13 staff members.
Also on the main card, Leah Letson (5-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) takes on former Invicta champion and former UFC women’s featherweight title challenger Felicia Spencer (8-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC). Spencer is a big -320 favorite, and she’s our other unanimous pick.
Miguel Baeza (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) may be just a -150 favorite at welterweight against Khaos Williams (12-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC), but he’s got a near-unanimous picks lead at 12-1.
And to open the main card, Song Yadong (17-5-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC) is a slim -140 favorite at featherweight against Julio Arce (17-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC). Yadong has most of our backing – he’s an 11-2 pick.
In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Holloway (88 percent), Rothwell (72 percent), Spencer (86 percent), Baeza (51 percent) and Yadong (81 percent) are the choices.
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