After the craziness that was UFC 226, the UFC heads to the midwest to bring fight fans in Boise, Idaho a live event. While former heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos headlining a card in 2018 sounds as weird as it actually is, this card is actually pretty solid for another run-of-the-mill FS1 showing.
The main card kicks off at 10pm eastern on Fox Sports 1, while the prelims start at 8pm, also on FS1. The early pre-lims start at 6:30pm on Fight Pass.
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Now let’s get down to business.
- Yes, Eddie Wineland ($7,100) is on the tale end of his career and his recent record shows it. However, the winning streak of his opponent, Alejandro Perez, has been less than impressive, and Wineland still possesses the craftiness and punching power to make life tough for him. Perez packs the power to make me regret this pick, but this price, Wineland’s experience, and Perez’s lack of consistency, make me ride with the veteran.
- Niko Price ($7,900) has had a good run in the UFC so far, cementing his spot as a fun action fighter with upside. Randy Brown, his opponent, has done the same, however, I like Price’s more fluid striking arsenal in this one. No matter who wins, this one should be fun, but Price’s price tag makes him the fighter to roster.
- Justin Scoggins hasn’t quite put together career folks were expecting when he entered the UFC has a hyped prospect. However, he still possess the fighting talent to beat most of the UFC roster. Assuming he doesn’t cave to another brain fart in this one, he should beat Said Nurmagomedov ($8,500) rather handily. Go ahead and avoid Khabib’s cousin in this one.
- OK, this “avoid” tag comes with some misgivings. Alexander Volkanovski ($9,200) is a stud prospect, and on paper should destroy Darrin Elkins. But this is the Darrin Elkins who keeps beating fighters that he should be losing to on paper. Add to that the fact that Volkanovski’s offense tends to generate from the clinch and wrestling areas – Elkins’s wheelhouse – and I’m spending my $9,200 elsewhere.