MMA Junkie readers’
The UFC is back home in Las Vegas this week, and three sets of heavy hitters are atop the card.
UFC Fight Night 215 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card streams on ESPN+.
In the main event, former heavyweight title challenger Derrick Lewis (26-10 MMA, 17-8 UFC) takes on Serghei Spivac (15-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC). Spivac is a 2-1 favorite at Tipico Sportsbook; the comeback on Lewis is +165. But our 11 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers are bucking the betting odds and have Lewis with a big 8-3 lead.
In the co-feature, Ion Cutelaba (16-8-1 MMA, 5-7-1 UFC) meets Kennedy Nzechukwu (10-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at light heavyweight. Nzechukwu is the favorite at the betting window at -170, but like in the main event, our pickers have underdog Cutelaba with the lead at 7-4.
Also on the main card, Waldo Cortes-Acosta (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is back for a quick turnaround at heavyweight against Chase Sherman (16-10 MMA, 4-9 UFC). Cortes-Acosta is more than a 2-1 favorite and is one of two unanimous picks on the main card at 11-0.
Andre Fialho (16-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) takes on Muslim Salikhov (18-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in a welterweight fight that nearly is a pick’em at the sportsbook. Salikhov is just a -115 favorite, but he’s up 7-4 in the picks.
And to open the main card, Jack Della Maddalena (12-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is our second unanimous pick at 11-0 in his welterweight fight against Danny Roberts (18-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC). Maddalena is by far the biggest favorite on the card at -600.
In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Lewis (54 percent), Nzechukwu (59 percent), Cortes-Acosta (78 percent), Salikhov (55 percent) and Maddalena (87 percent) are the choices.
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