It’s always nice to see the UFC follow strength with strength. The world’s largest MMA promotion is coming off a huge PPV last week, with UFC 285, and now they’re right back at it with a top class ‘Fight Night’ event. In the headliner, former champion Petr Yan takes on top contender Merab Dvalishvili. They’re accompanied by a top ranked heavyweight bout between Alexander Volkov and Alexander Romanov, alongside what was meant to be the headliner from two weeks ago—a light heavyweight tilt between Nikita Krylov and Ryan Spann. Should be a blast.
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Here’s a look at the UFC Vegas 71 fight card, as it stood at the time of recording:
ESPN+ MAIN CARD | SAT. MAR. 11 — 6/3PM ETPT
Petr Yan vs. Merab Dvalishvili — Picks, Both: Yan | At 7:16, Odds 31:05
Alexander Volkov vs. Alexandr Romanov — Picks, Zane: Volkov, Connor: Romanov | At 31:47, Odds 45:52
Nikita Krylov vs. Ryan Spann — Picks, Both: Krylov | At 47:00, Odds 52:23
Ricardo Ramos vs. Austin Lingo — Picks, Both: Ramos | At 53:03, Odds 1:01:20
Said Nurmagomedov vs. Jonathan Martinez — Picks, Zane: Nurmagomedov, Connor: Martinez | At 1:01:36, Odds 1:14:27
Vitor Petrino vs. Anton Turkalj — Picks, Both: Petrino | At 1:15:22, Odds 1:23:33
ESPN+ PRELIMS | 3/12PM ETPT
Łukasz Brzeski vs. Karl Williams — Picks, Both: Brzeski | At 2:39, Odds 10:06
Raphael Assunção vs. Davey Grant — Picks, Both: Assunção | At 12:28, Odds 22:37
Sedriques Dumas vs. Josh Fremd — Picks, Both: Dumas | At 24:08, Odds 32:22
Mario Bautista vs. Guido Cannetti — Picks, Both: Bautista | At 33:06, Odds 39:31
JJ Aldrich vs. Ariane Lipski — Picks, Both: Aldrich | At 41:35, Odds 49:14
Tony Gravely vs. Victor Henry — Picks, Both: Henry | At 50:19, Odds 56:25
Tyson Nam vs. Bruno Gustavo Silva — Picks, Zane: Silva, Connor: Nam | At 58:02, Odds 1:09:17
Carlston Harris vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov — Picks, Both: Harris | At 1:10:06, Odds 1:16:01
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 285: ‘Jones vs. Gane’:
Zane picked 9/14 for 64% and Connor picked 7/14 for 50%
Overall stats from UFC Fight Island 1 in July, 2020, through UFC 285 in Mar., 2023:
Zane went 854/1329 for 64% and Connor went 815/1329 for 61%
Zane is 54/87 for 62% and Connor is 51/87 for 59%
Zane went 331/505 for 66% and Connor went 312/505 for 62%
Zane went 305/493 for 62% and Connor went 295/493 for 60%
July-Dec 2020 Stats:
Zane went 164/244 for 67% and Connor went 157/244 for 64%
Stats Reference Spreadsheets: Vivi Picks Stats_3.9.23.pdf
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