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Below, Stephie Haynes breaks down the main card, which gets underway at 9:00 p.m. ET.
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Main Card (9:00 p.m. ET)All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook and all odds subject to change. For the full list of available bets, download the DK Sportsbook app or check out the DraftKings Sportsbook website.
Could Walt Harris win by KO this weekend?
Alistair Overeem (+130) vs. Walt Harris (-155)This is a fight between two big strikers that will likely keep the exchanges on the feet. Overeem has 20-plus years of combat sports experience under his belt between a legendary kickboxing career and elite-level MMA. Both men have legitimate knockout power but Harris is deceptively quick, launching flying knees in the blink of an eye, and making sure to follow through with punches to ensure the job gets done (see Alexey Oleinik fight). He’s lethal in the clinch, just like Overeem can be, but has had some issues in grappling exchanges, an area that “The Demolition Man” has considerable experience in. A win over Overeem would be the biggest feather in Harris’ cap, and a win over “The Big Ticket” would demonstrate that Alistair might still be able to keep the gates for the Top 5 contenders.
Claudia Gadelha (-200) vs. Angela Hill (+160)This is going to be an outstanding bout. Both women are aggressive strikers, willing to stand in the pocket and trade. Gadelha is the more powerful of the two and presents a serious threat to Hill on the ground. Hill has been improving leaps and bounds with every outing and has shown marked improvement in all areas of her skillset. Angie also has incredible cardio, whereas Gadelha has definitely shown problems with her gas tank over her last few fights. Will Hill’s advantages be enough to beat a powerhouse like Claudia? They certainly could be. This is a much closer fight than the odds would suggest.
Edson Barboza (-137) vs. Dan Ige (+110)This will be Barboza’s first fight at featherweight, and he’s making the move down without ever having made a test cut. He’s already a massive lightweight and has taken a lot of damage over the last few years, so this is certainly a reason to take a much closer look at Dan Ige. “Dynamite” Dan is on a five-fight win streak and has shown an ability to come from behind to snatch a victory. He has the unusual drawback of taking rest periods during the second round of his fights, which is why we often see him having to really scramble to get the win. Barboza would be his most impressive victory if he manages to get the W. If Barboza ends up in the win column, it will likely set him up for title contention in another fight or two, considering his impressive resume.
Eryk Anders (+130) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (-165)Anders is a talented fighter with a high-level collegiate football background and also played at the professional level for the NFL, Arena Football League, and the Canadian Football League. He’s powerful, quick and aggressive and is a legitimate threat from top position where he works his ground-and-pound. He’s been put through his paces in fights and has shown tons of heart and grit, evidenced in his fight with Thiago Santos. Jotko is on a two-fight win streak but wasn’t overly impressive in the last one against Marc-Andre Barriault. When he takes a step up in competition, he ends up taking losses, and while Eryk Anders is more likely a lateral move competition-wise, he is still a very tough out for Jotko.
Song Yadong (-190) vs. Marlon Vera (+155)This, in my opinion, is the best fight on the card. Both men are excellent strikers, but Marlon Vera enjoys a more expansive skillset than Song, possessing better grappling and legitimate submission chops. Song is coming off a majority draw with Cody Stamann, a fight that saw him in trouble a few times on the ground. If Marlon can get Song down and stay heavy on him the way Stamann was able to in the third round of their fight, he could enjoy plenty of success in those exchanges and possibly find a submission or ground-and-pound available to him. If Song can keep the fight upright, he has an excellent chance of taking a decision or possibly even stopping Vera. It’s going to be fireworks from start to finish.
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