Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fans will see it all this Saturday (August 28, 2021) when Edson Barboza and Giga Chikadze compete in a crucial featherweight match at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC Vegas 35 will also feature two final bouts of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 29 featuring Bryan Battle versus Gilbert Urbina and Ricky Turcios versus Brady Hiestand, as well as the return of Kevin Lee versus dangerous puncher Daniel Rodriguez.
Not you have to get your wallet out, but let’s do it anyway …
What went wrong at UFC Vegas 34?
It was a solid event that was almost spectacular. Clay Guida was just a judge away from beating Mark O. Madsen, and Luis Saldana appeared to be on track in making the decision on Austin Lingo before he was dropped in a body shot less than two minutes from time . Despite these setbacks, Ignacio Bahamondes, Vinc Pichel, Alexandre Pantoja and Ramiz Brahimaj made a profit together.
UFC Vegas 35 odds for the Under Card:
Alessio Di Chirico (-230) vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan (+190)
Wellington Turman (-125) vs. Sam Alvey (+105)
JJ Aldrich (-335) vs. Vanessa Demopoulos (+275)
Dustin Jacoby (-165) vs. Darren Stewart (+145)
Jamall Emmers (-150) vs. Pat Sabatini (+130)
Mana Martinez (-320) vs. Guido Cannetti (+260)
Thoughts: My general strategy for this event is, “Pick someone you have some confidence in and then compare them to Mana Martinez.” And for the undercard, that’s Jamall Emmers.
Emmers has long had the skills and physical abilities to make a name for himself in the UFC. Where he has to fight is execution. He lost winning fights to Julian Erosa and Giga Chikadze for failing to showcase his strengths until it was too late. Against Vince Cachero, however, he has set the pace on him from bell to bell, and he wins this confidently if he can do the same. While Sabatini is the better boxer and submission artist, Emmers is ahead in terms of size, cardio, and wrestling, which is enough to make him my recommendation.
As for Martinez’s pick, he’s a young prospect with insane vigor, while Guido Cannetti is a 41-year-old with no striking defense, a weak chin and two straight defeats. The math isn’t complicated.
You could also likely find value in a parlay by JJ Aldrich / Dustin Jacoby. Vanessa Demopoulos’ terrific submission game is undermined by her weak wrestling, and while Jacoby has made a few shaky appearances, he encounters an inconsistent natural middleweight in Darren Stewart.
UFC Vegas 35 Primary Card Odds:
Edson Barboza (-115) versus Giga Chikadze (-105)
Bryan Battle (-155) vs. Gilbert Urbina (+135)
Ricky Turcios (-160) vs. Brady Hiestand (+140)
Kevin Lee (-155) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (+135)
Andre Petroski (-515) vs. Micheal Gillmore (+410)
Makhmud Muradov (-550) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (+425)
Thoughts: Bryan Battle strikes me as undervalued, and even with these ridiculous opportunities, there’s no reason not to throw Andre Petroski into it.
I really cheered Gilbert Urbina on at TUF, and the sentimental part of me would love if he got the win where his brothers were left behind. That said, there’s just not much going on in this match. He’s a natural welterweight that competes against a middleweight who stood up to a much tougher wrestler in Petroski on the show. And as good as Urbina is on the mat, Battles Takedown Defense and Scrambling are up to the task of keeping her on her feet where Pooh Bear seems to have a huge edge.
With Petroski, he’s made to take down Gillmore. “The Gentleman” has three professional submission losses and was defeated almost instantly by Urbina, which means wrestler ace Petroski should find it extremely easy to mistreat him for the first few minutes.
Honestly, a little bit on Brady Hiestand might work too – he’s brave enough not to be overwhelmed by Ricky Turcios’ pace and seems to have the stronger wrestling game. Just don’t go crazy, because Turcios has a lot more professional experience and could just out him.
UFC Vegas 35 best bets:
- Parlay – Jamall Emmers and Mana Martinez: $ 150 for $ 178.50
- Parlay – JJ Aldrich and Dustin Jacoby: $ 100 to make $ 109
- Parlay – Bryan Battle, Mana Martinez, and Andre Petroski: $ 100 for $ 158
- Parlay – Andre Petroski and Brady Hiestand: $ 80 for $ 149.60
UFC Vegas 35 may be a hollow shell of its former self, but there are some scraps worth watching. See you Saturday, maniacs.
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