UFC Fight Night 223 predictions: See our three unanimous picks in Vegas
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The UFC stays in Las Vegas this week with a key bantamweight matchup atop the card.
UFC Fight Night 223 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card streams on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+.
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In the main event, Ricky Simon (20-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) takes on Song Yadong (19-7-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) in a 125-pound matchup originally set for a co-main event this past Saturday. Simon is a slight -120 favorite at the betting window. The comeback on Yadong is +100, making these some of the stickiest main event odds in the UFC this year. Our 11 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers have Simon with a big eight ahead of Yadong, who has just three head nods.
In the co-feature, Caio Borralho (13-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is the biggest favorite on the card at nearly 4-1 in his middleweight bout against Michal Oleksiejczuk (18-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC). He’s also one of our three unanimous picks.
Also on the main card, Cody Brundage (8-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) takes on Rodolfo Vieira (8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in a middleweight bout. Vieira is about a -250 favorite and is a near-unanimous pick at 10-1.
Julian Erosa (28-10 MMA, 6-6 UFC) is a slight favorite with the oddsmakers in his featherweight bout against Fernando Padilla (14-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC). But it’s Padilla who has a 7-4 picks lead.
Although unbeaten heavyweight Waldo Cortes-Acosta (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is a slight underdog against Marcos Rogerio (20-8-1 MMA, 9-6 UFC), he’s the second of our three unanimous picks.
And to open the main card, Josh Quinlan (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is our third unanimous pick in his welterweight bout against short-notice opponent Trey Waters (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Quinlan nearly is a 2-1 favorite in the fight.
In the MMA Junkie consensus picks, Simon (59 percent), Borralho (79 percent), Vieira (75 percent), Erosa (70 percent), Cortes-Acosta (60 percent) and Quinlan (86 percent) are the choices.
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