UFC 228

WOODLEY X TILL

PICKS, PARLAYS, AND PREDICTIONS

THE STARS THAT FIGHT ARE BIG AND BRIGHT ... DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS

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We'll make it quick this week. I have a child to rear, fights to watch, and several hopeless fantasy football teams to tend to.

Picks

Woodley x Till
Shevchenko x Montano
Kowalkiewicz x Andrade
Zabit x Davis
Rivera x Dodson
Price x Alhassan
Suarez x Esparza
Stamann x Sterling
Camacho x Neal
Stewart x Byrd
White x Sanchez
Miller x White
Aldana x Pudilova
Brooks x Sanchez

Parlays

“Squib” EDITION
Till (-140)
Suarez (-550)
Camacho (+155)
$2.28 to win $9.50

“Texas Tea” EDITION
Woodley (+110)
Sterling (-135)
Dodson (+125)
$5 to win $36.13

“Hail Mary” EDITION
Kowalkiewicz (+325)
Price (+115)
Aldana (-130)
$5 to win $75.83

Predictions

Tyron Woodley x Darren Till

for the Welterweight Championship

It isn’t easy to motivate Tyron into taking a fight. The champ has sat on the sidelines for almost a year and has spent more time downplaying his competition than facing them. To be fair, when he does get in the cage, the results are hard to argue with. He’s beat specialists in every discipline and his impossibly close pair of fights against Stephen Thompson proved he can get the better of a taller, sharper kickboxer. It wasn’t easy, but he eventually walked away with a W. On the flip side, Liverpool’s undefeated Darren Till has yet to face anyone who can wrestle and shift between styles as well as Woodley can, but that hasn’t stopped this enourmous Muay-Thai monster from wrecking shop in the meantime. As long as the scouser can make weight, I wouldn’t mind having a new, exciting champion. I just don’t think it happens on Saturday night. Great matchup and a tall order for both men. G’wed, homie.

Nicco Montano x Valentina Shevchenko

[CANCELLED]

Nicco Montan-who? That’s not fair only because the UFC has completely avoided promoting her as their first women’s flyweight champion, which is as confusing as it is ridiculous. Valentina, on the other hand, is on her third year in the promotion, already had a razor close fight for the bantamweight belt, and almost killed a girl in her flyweight debut. Sorry Nicco, but a decision win over the incurably-dorky Roxanne Modafferi doesn’t bode well for you. Shevchenko will look like an unstoppable force at 125 pounds. Now, let’s see that Lezginka!

Jessica Andrade x Karolina Kowalkiewicz

at Women's Strawweight

Andrade's aggression creates a few interesting moments, but K.K.’s technique helps her beat the blitz. In the end, the Polish striker will probably pull off an evenly-paced beatdown and go home with a decision victory.

Zabit Magomedsharipov x Brandon Davis 

at Featherweight

The razor-sharp Russian will try to make it exciting against a surprisingly game late replacement. Davis won’t be unable to contain Zabit’s wild offense and will likely succumb to strikes before the final bell. Spin to win, comrade.

Jimmie Rivera x John Dodson

at Bantamweight

This matchup deserved to be fast-tracked to the main card. It won't be thrilling, but it will be high-level MMA. Both guys like to grind out decisions and this won't be any different. Rivera takes it by being slightly better in every category.

Abdul Razak Alhassan x Niko Price

at Welterweight

Someone is going to get their slobber knocked. Subtlety is not a part of either man’s game and this will be fun while it lasts. I’m taking Niko because he’s been more active this year and he has the ability to pull of a submission if his face punching isn’t up to snuff.