The UFC is back on PPV this week with an amazing headliner fight for a card that otherwise doesn’t feel much like a PPV. The co-main, between Yair Rodriguez and Josh Emmett is great, and Jack Della Maddalena vs. Randy Brown looks like a thriller, but after that, it’s pure Fight Night undercard filler.
For fans who really want to dig into those extra fights, however, check out the Prelims Vivi below.
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Here’s a look at the UFC 284 fight card, as it stood at the time of recording:
ESPN+ PPV MAIN CARD | 10pm/7pm ET&PT
Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski — At 9:02, Odds 41:28, Picks – Both: Makhachev
Yair Rodriguez vs. Josh Emmett — At 44:42, Odds 56:05, Picks – Both: Rodriguez
Jack Della Maddalena vs. Randy Brown — At 56:32, Odds 1:09:41, Picks – Both: Maddalena
Justin Tafa vs. Parker Porter — At 1:11:30, Odds 1:17:46, Picks – Zane: Tafa, Connor: Porter
Jimmy Crute vs. Alonzo Menifield — At 1:18:33, Odds 1:26:27, Picks – Both: Crute
ESPN PRELIMS | 8pm/5pm ET&PT
Tyson Pedro vs. Modestas Bukauskas — At 1:57, Odds 16:01, Picks – Zane: Pedro, Connor: Bukauskas
Joshua Culibao vs. Melsik Baghdasaryan — At 17:32, Odds 27:36, Picks – Both: Culibao
Shannon Ross vs. Kleydson Rodrigues — At 28:34, Odds 39:13, Picks – Zane: Rodrigues, Connor: Ross
Jamie Mullarkey vs. Francisco Prado — At 39:24, Odds 47:15, Picks – Both: Mullarkey
ESPN+ PRELIMS | 6pm/3pm ET&PT
Jack Jenkins vs. Don Shainis — At 47:39, Odds 54:46, Picks – Both: Jenkins
Loma Lookboonmee vs. Elise Reed — At 55:02, Odds 1:04:57, Picks – Both: Lookboonmee
Shane Young vs. Blake Bilder — At 1:05:25, Odds 1:12:43, Picks – Zane: Young, Connor: Bilder
Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Elves Brenner — At 1:13:16, Odds 1:18:07, Picks – Both: Tukhugov
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 68 ‘Lewis vs. Spivac’:
Zane picked 7/11 for 64% and Connor also picked 7/11 for 64%
Overall stats from UFC Fight Island 1 in July, 2020, through UFC 283 in Jan, 2023:
Zane went 825/1280 for 64.5% and Connor went 780/1280 for 60.9%
Zane is 25/38 for 66% and Connor is 26/38 for 68%
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_2.9.23.pdf
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About the author: Zane Simon is a senior editor, writer and podcaster for Bloody Elbow. Host of the MMA Vivisection and 6th Round, he has covered MMA and the UFC since 2013. (full bio)
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