- UFC Fight Night scheduled to take place from Apex Centre this Saturday.
- Double upset on Prelims.
- Owner of UFC’s fourth quickest knockout in history set to leave his mark again.
This weekend will once again showcase an action-packed night of fighting action.
Women’s bantamweights Ketlen Vieria and fan-favorite Miesha Tate are set to meet in the event’s headliner, but not before 11 other bouts take place across the Prelims and Main Card.
Aside from an intriguing main-event, other notable matchups include a bantamweight showdown between Davey Grant and rising star Adrian Yanez, before welterweight ground specialists Michael Chiesa and Sean Brady face off in the card’s co-main event.
Ahead of what is expected to be a decent night of Fight Night action – VegasOdds has picked out two bouts where we feel the betting underdog has a legitimate chance of causing an upset.
Best Underdog Picks
Cody Durden vs. Qileng Aori
Despite having three fights in the UFC combined, neither Cody Durden nor Qileng Aori has yet to win in the promotion. Therefore, the outcome of Saturday night’s Prelim bout is likely to have huge implications for the careers of both men.
While I do expect this one to be a very close fight, as both men are very evenly matched, I am leaning towards the fighter with the superior experience, and that is China’s Aori.
With Saturday’s bout against Durden set to be his 26th professional fight, aside from Aori being the more experienced fighter, he is also the most durable.
Having never been knocked out in his entire pro career, Durden will need to pull something really special out of the bag if he is to come away from this weekend’s event with his hand raised and for that reason – I am tipping this one’s dog.
Terrance McKinney vs. Fares Ziam
This match-up, on paper, is about as even as you can get.
Terrance McKinney and Fares Ziam are of similar ages, they have similar records and have won and lost by similar methods.
It is actually very tough to pull these two apart. However, the biggest difference in the pair’s careers, so far, is the amount of time they have spent fighting in the UFC.
This weekend’s fight will be Ziam’s fourth with the promotion, with McKinney set for just his second bout.
Although normally, this kind of stat may alert bettors to favoring the more experienced fighter, in this case, I am going to back the dog and for this simple reason.
Ziam has yet to finish an opponent in the UFC, with two wins out of three fights coming by way of narrow decisions.
McKinney, on the other hand, clearly knows how to make the promotion’s decision-makers sit up and take notice.
Having made his promotional debut during the summer of this year, it took the American just seven seconds to knock Matt Frevola cleanout.
Frevola is no slouch either – but after landing a quick-fire jab followed by a vicious overhand left, McKinney’s debuting performance at UFC 263 now sees him ranked fourth in the record books for the fastest finish.
When it comes to backing a fight’s dog – bettors can certainly do worse than 27-year-old McKinney.