UFC on ESPN+ 96: Vitor Petrino vs. Tyson Pedro Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Mar 2)

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  • Vitor Petrino vs. Tyson Pedro is the co-main event of UFC on ESPN+ 96.
  • Tyson Pedro is a Swiss knife of a fighter with a 100% finish rate.
  • Vitor Petrino is 10-0 in his professional career and is favored to win again.

Vitor Petrino vs. Tyson Pedro is a light heavyweight fight that will serve as the co-main event of UFC on ESPN+ 96 on Saturday, March 2 at UFC Apex.

Vitor Petrino is an undefeated fighter from Brazil who’s 10-0 overall and who’s favored to get his 11th win on Saturday. Can Tyson Pedro (10-4) ruin his plans? Let’s find out!

How to Watch

  • When: Saturday, March 2, 2023, at 10:00 p.m. ET
  • Where: UFC Apex, Enterprise (Vegas), Nevada
  • How to Watch: ESPN+


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Fight Preview

All 10 of Tyson Pedro’s wins happened by a finish – five by KO/TKO and five by submission. The Australian is a Swiss knife of a fighter with all kinds of weapons in his arsenal. He’s got a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Japanese jiu-jitsu, and kempo, and also has plenty of experience with boxing and kickboxing.

Now a 32-year-old, Pedro has been fighting professionally for more than a decade. But even before making his pro debut, he was actively involved with the MMA through his father John Pedro who’s the man who brought this sport to Australia.

With such a background, you can be certain that Pedro does not fear anyone, much less his next opponent, Vitor Petrino, who’s been in the UFC for only about a year.

A Dana White Contender Series alumnus, Petrino fought three UFC fights in 2023, beating Anton Turkalj, Marcin Pachnio, and Modestas Bukauskas.

The win over Bukauskas is important because the Lithuanian is the fighter who inflicted Pedro his last loss. It happened a year ago when we saw Pedro lose by a decision after three rounds in which he got seriously beaten up.

He gassed out quickly and can consider himself lucky for not getting finished by Bukauskas.

Vitor Petrino vs. Tyson Pedro Prediction

Tyson Pedro is a much better finisher than his next opponent, but it’s Vitor Petrino who’s got better stamina. That said, if Pedro doesn’t finish him quickly in the first round, we’ll probably see Petrino destroy him in the next two rounds.

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So, which will it be? We think it’s going to be a win for Pedro. We think he’s going to stop the Petrino hype on Saturday.

Free Pick:

  • Tyson Pedro
Annie Adkins
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