2-1 with my prediction picks on the Vettori vs Holland card. Last weeks whale play hit which was a massive win for us. Only miss was on William Knight, the underdog pick.
I won't lie to you, UFC Vegas 24 is a major disappointment. So much so that I only have two UFC picks for you guys this week. I don't see this card doing great viewer wise. I'd rather just give you the two UFC picks I am confident with, and a surprise pick.
Robert Whittaker (-260) vs Kelvin Gastelum (+210)
Wish this match up happened back in 2019 like it was supposed to, but Whittaker needed emergency surgery for a hernia. If we saw this fight in 2019 I think it would be much closer. However Robert Whittaker is on a mission to get his belt back, Kelvin Gastelum won't be the guy to ruin the mission. Robert Whittaker looked unstoppable against Jared Cannonier, who I believed was going to give Whittaker more of a challenge. Gastelum went back to his wrestle in the Ian Heinisch fight. Bobby Knuckles has great takedown defense, Kelvin willl struggle getting the fight on the ground. Whittaker also has a 2 inch reach advantage. The original match up for UFC Vegas 24 was supposed to be Whittaker vs Costa. I had Whittaker winning that fight, I have Rob dominating Gastelum here.
Robert Whittaker (-260)
Alexander Romanov (-145) vs Juan Espino (+110)
Romanov and Espino are two of the best grapplers in the heavyweight division. Hands down my favorite match up for UFC Vegas 24. One difference between the two is Romanov does not purely rely on his grappling. Romanov hates letting the judges decide the outcome of his fight. 13-0, 4 wins have come by knock out, the 9 others have come by submission. Juan Espino is 10-1, 1 win come via knock out. Giving the advantage to the 40 year Juan Espino if the fight does end up on the ground. Alexander Romanov holds the nick name "King Kong", basically fights like him. Romanov is constant pressure and pretty wild in his striking approach. If he catches him early I could see Juan Espino completely selling out to get this fight to the ground. In doing so Espino could end up in a comprisable position where Romanov would be able to finish the fight. I like the skill set Alexander Romanov brings to the table in this match up.
Alexander Romanov (-145)
UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Gastelum is a tough looking card. Could be the reason why reporters are focusing on the Askren vs Paul card.
Ben Askren (+132) vs Jake Paul (-162)
I hate that I even mentioned the Askren fight but how is Askren the underdog? Vegas clearly remember the last fight they saw. Yet forget to take into account the mindset a champion has entering training camp. Put some respect on a man who defended his title four times in Bellator, and three times in ONE. Askren also has 6 career knock outs. Screw it lets hammer Askren, the YouTube star is about to get embarrassed.
Ben Askren (+132)
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I need to clean this record up.