UFC finally returns to New York after a few lackluster cards in the state have led to some snoozefests. Perhaps that is Dana White and the UFC brass punishing the citizens of New York for their longtime ban of MMA in the Empire State. The only fight of significance on this card is the main event pitting Kevin Lee vs. Rafael dos Anjos. The loser of this one is squarely out of title contention while the winner will remain a main event draw and keep his name in the hunt. This is a good card to take the favorites, and even a better card for you parlay fanatics out there.
Kevin Lee (-105)
Kevin Lee and Rafael dos Anjos both desperately need a win here. Dos Anjos’ kryptonite as of late have been strong wrestlers who can put constant pressure on him. His last two losses to Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman showed his weaknesses, and while Lee is not the fighter either of those two are, he should be able to wear down dos Anjos on the ground. Lee by decision.
Antonio Carlos Jr. (-185)
Carlos Jr. is just simply on another level than Heinisch. Carlos Jr. has nothing to gain in this fight while he has everything to lose. While this is a step back in competition for Carlos Jr., he has shown the ability to remain focused and get the job done. Carlos Jr. by first or second round submission.
Megan Anderson (-150)
Anderson is bigger, stronger, better on the feet, and a much better athlete. Spencer will have to get the huge Anderson to the ground and be able to keep her there. That will not happen. Take Anderson to win by knockout in the second round.
Charles Oliveira (-365)
Considering the high-level Oliveira has been fighting at recently, I see no reason why he can’t finish Lentz again like he did in their previous match up. Oliveira looks the best right now that he has in years. Oliveira’s last performance was extremely impressive as he showed off improved. Lentz is a grinder, but grinding does not get you past a better talent. Oliveira by submission in the second round.
Davi Ramos (-435)
You have to risk money to make money in the UFC, especially in such a disparity of talent. If you are not comfortable with the cash, make him the centerpiece of a parlay because there is zero chance he loses this fight. Ramos has looked like a freight train since his short notice debut against Sergio Moraes and has won his last three by submission. To beat someone this good, you have to be excellent, at least at one skill. Hubbard is a solid prospect, but there is no area of the octagon where he is better than Ramos. Ramos by submission in round one.