We’re now one week removed from UFC 281, which means we’ve got a pretty severe downgrade in fight card quality to look forward to. In the main event, Serghei Spivac hopes to insert his name into the stack of rising heavyweight contenders with a victory over Derrick Lewis. The card drops sharply in notoriety from there.
For fans interested in diving deeper into the undercard, check out the Prelims Vivi below.
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Here’s a look at the UFC Vegas 65 fight card as it stood at the time of recording:
ESPN+ MAIN CARD | 4pm/1pm ET&PT
Derrick Lewis vs. Serghei Spivac — At 2:38, Odds 15:21, Picks, Both: Lewis
Ion Cutelaba vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu — At 17:21, Odds 24:12, Picks, Both: Nzechukwu
Chase Sherman vs. Waldo Cortes-Acosta — At 25:02, Odds 37:55, Picks, Zane: Cortes-Acosta, Connor: Sherman
Andre Fialho vs. Muslim Salikhov — At 40:28, Odds 47:36, Picks, Both: Salikhov
Jack Della Maddalena vs. Danny Roberts — At 49:14, Odds , Picks, Both: Della Maddalena
ESPN+ PRELIMS | 1pm/10am ET&PT
Charles Johnson vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov — At 1:03, Odds 12:14, Picks, Both: Zhumagulov
Jennifer Maia vs. Maryna Moroz — At 13:56, Odds 23:30, Picks, Both: Moroz
Vince Morales vs. Miles Johns — At 24:35, Odds 32:02, Picks, Both: Johns
Kevin Natividad vs. Ricky Turcios — At 32:20, Odds 46:27, Picks, Both: Natividad
Vanessa Demopoulos vs. Maria Oliveira — At 47:05, Odds 58:37, Picks, Zane: Oliveira, Connor: Demopolous
Brad Hiestand vs. Fernie Garcia — At 59:04, Odds , Picks, Both: Hiestand
Natalia Silva vs. Tereza Bledá — At , Odds , Picks, Zane: Bledá, Connor: Silva
For those of you following the picks made on the show, we started tracking them with the July 13th, 2020 Vivisection shows for UFC Fight Island 1: ‘Kattar vs. Ige’. So far, here are the overall standings:
- For our last event, UFC 281: ‘Adesanya vs. Pereiera’: Zane & Connor picked 100% the same for the first time, they went 7/14 for an even 50%
- Overall from UFC Fight Island 1 in 2020, through UFC 281, this year: Zane is now at 770/1194 for 64.49% and Connor is now at 724/1194 for 60.64%
- So far, in 2022: Zane is at 300/457 for 65.65% and Connor is at 282/457 for 61.71%
- 2021: Zane went 305/493 for 62% and Connor went 285/493 for 58%
- July-Dec 2020: Zane went 164/244 for 67% and Connor went 157/244 for 64%
- Reference: Vivi Picks Stats_11.17.22.pdf
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