I’m not necessarily sure that the main event of UFC Vegas 67 got better with Sean Strickland’s late entry into the headlining bout against Nassourdine Imavov, but it certainly creates more questions about just what kind of fight fans are going to see. With the fight up at 205, will Strickland be fit for 5 rounds? Will Imavov be helped by not having to cut? Can Strickland still make this a pace fight? The rest of the card is fine, if not terribly notable—although Raoni Barcelos vs. Umar Nurmagomedov should be a thriller.
For fans interested in diving deeper into the event, check out the Prelims Vivi below.
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Here’s a look at the UFC Vegas 67 fight card as it stood at the time of recording:
ESPN+ MAIN CARD | 7pm & 4pm ET/PT
Sean Strickland vs. Nassourdine Imavov – At 5:29, Odds 23:07, Picks, Both: Strickland
Dan Ige vs. Damon Jackson – At 24:55, Odds 38:58, Picks, Both: Ige
Punahele Soriano vs. Roman Kopylov – At 40:37, Odds 49:59, Picks, Both: Soriano
Ketlen Vieira vs. Raquel Pennington – At 51:18, Odds 1:02:16, Picks, Zane: Vieira, Connor: Pennington
Umar Nurmagomedov vs. Raoni Barcelos – At 1:04:00, Odds 1:18:39, Picks, Zane: Nurmagomedov, Connor: Barcelos
ESPN+ PRELIMS | 4pm & 1pm ET/PT
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Claudio Ribeiro – At 5:57, Odds skipped?, Picks, Both: Alhassan
Mateusz Rębecki vs. Nick Fiore – At 16:18, Odds 24:21, Picks, Both: Rebecki
Javid Basharat vs. Mateus Mendonça – At 24:56, Odds 35:13, Picks, Both: Basharat
Allan Nascimento vs. Carlos Hernandez – At 36:29, Odds 41:56, Picks, Both: Nascimento
Daniel Argueta vs. Nick Aguirre – At 42:11, Odds 50:12, Picks, Both: Argueta
Jimmy Flick vs. Charles Johnson – At 50:29, Odds 1:00:28, Picks, Both: Johnson
Priscila Cachoeira vs. Sijara Eubanks – At 1:03:10, Odds 1:09:06, Picks, Both: Eubanks
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 Vegas 66 ‘Cannonier vs. Strickland’:
Zane picked 8/13 for 62% and Connor picked 7/13 for 54%.
(The Marquez vs Winn bout they picked for was cancelled when Winn withdrew.)
Overall stats from UFC Fight Island 1 in July, 2020, through UFC Vegas 66 in Dec, 2022:
Zane went 800/1242 for 64% and Connor went 754/1242 for 61%
Zane went 330/505 for 65% and Connor went 312/505 for 62%
Zane went 305/493 for 65% and Connor went 285/493 for 59%
July-Dec 2020 Stats:
Zane went 164/244 for 67% and Connor went 157/244 for 64%
Stats Reference Spreadsheet: Vivi Picks Stats_1.11.23.pdf
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