It’s been a whole 3 weeks since the UFC last graced our television screens, which is a good thing for this card from Moncton, New Brunswick. A card that lacks much in the way of compelling fights or narrative honestly doesn’t seem that bad simply because of the long lay-off between events. I guess distance does make the heart grow fonder.
The main card kicks off at 10:00pm eastern on Fox Sports 1, while the prelims start at 8:00pm on Fox Sports 2. The early prelims kick things off at 6:30pm on UFC Fight Pass.
Now let’s get down to business.
- The main event pits two light heavyweight “contenders” against each other. Both Volkan Oezdemir and Anthony Smith ($7,800) have serious flaws in their game, but both fighters have managed to find real success in the depleted division. Oezdemir could easily flatten Smith in the first round, as “Lionheart” has porous defense. However, if this fight last beyond the 5 minute mark, I like Smith’s chances of imposing his will on a tiring Oezdemir and finishing him off in the middle rounds. On a card without much clear value, I’m taking this one.
- Marcelo Golm ($7,400) is a decent heavyweight prospect with a knack for finishing his opponents. His opponent this weekend, Arjan Buhllar, has solid wrestling chops, but not much else. Golm is by far the more athletic of the two, and with his striking edge, should be able to land the KO early.
- Michael Johnson ($9,500) is fighting the Notorious Artem Lobov. Enough Said. But in all seriousness, while Johnson does have real finishing power and should win the fight, the match up style will not lend itself to serious DFS points. Lobov actually does a decent job of circling/running and won’t be providing Johnson much opportunity for offense.
- As I mentioned above, Arjan Bhullar ($8,800) is a good wrestler, but he is on the wrong end of just about every other metric in this contest. Use that $1,400 elsewhere and run with his opponent instead.