UFC Vegas 71: Pavlovich vs. Blaydes picks, odds, & analysis | MMA Vivisection

Zane Simon and Connor Ruebusch are back to break down all the action on the main card of UFC Vegas 71: Pavlovich vs. Blaydes. From Sergei Pavlovich vs. Arnold Allen in the main event down to Batgerel Danaa vs. Brady Hiestand.

By: June M. Williams | 1 month ago
UFC Vegas 71: Pavlovich vs. Blaydes picks, odds, & analysis | MMA Vivisection

The UFC is in a rough spot this week with a fight card that lacks much in the way of punch. UFC Vegas 71 goes down this Saturday, April 22nd headlined by a heavyweight fight between Sergei Pavlovich & Curtis Blaydes. The co-main features Brad Tavares against Bruno Silva and, other than an appearance from Bobby Green, that’s about as notable as it gets.

Unlike last week, where Brandon Royval and Matheus Nicolau were left buried on the prelims, this week’s UFC Vegas 71 undercard is light on gems. Ricky Glenn takes on Christos Giagos in the featured slot. A fight between Montel Jackson and Rani Yahya is the other most meaningful fight outside the top 5 bouts. After a couple big PPVs and great smaller cards, it seems we’ve hit a bit of a nadir in the UFC schedule.

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UFC Vegas 71: Pavlovich vs. Blaydes Fight Card

Here’s a look at the UFC Vegas 71 card, as it stood at the time of recording:

ESPN+ UFC Vegas 71 MAIN CARD | SAT. APR. 22 — 7/4PM ETPT

BOUTZane PicksConnor PicksStartOdds
12. Sergei Pavlovich (17-1) vs. Curtis Blaydes (17-3)BlaydesBlaydes4:0415:07
11. Brad Tavares (19-7) vs. Bruno Silva (22-8)TavaresTavares15:5226:26
10. Bobby ‘King’ Green (29-14-1) vs. Jared Gooden (19-6)GreenGreen27:3937:19
9. Iasmin Lucindo (13-5) vs. Brogan Walker (7-3)LucindoLucindo37:5343:57
8. Jeremiah Wells (11-2) vs. Matt Semelsberger (11-4)SemelsbergerWells44:2552:50
BONUS CONTENT — 53:20 “Reflecting on the Holloway vs. Allen Event”: Reactions


BOUTZane PicksConnor PicksStartOdds
7. Ricky Glenn (22-6-2) vs. Christos Giagos (19-10)GlennGlenn2:049:19
6. Rani Yahya (28-10-1) vs. Montel Jackson (12-2) JacksonJackson10:1425:45
5. Karol Rosa (16-4) vs. Norma Dumont (8-2)RosaRosa27:0933:17
4. Mohammed Usman (8-2) vs. Junior Tafa (4-0)UsmanUsman36:0043:02
3. Francis Marshall (7-0) vs. William Gomis (11-2)MarshallMarshall43:4251:25
2. Priscila Cachoeira (12-4) vs. Karine Silva (15-4)CachoeiraCachoeira52:1158:00
1. Batgerel Danaa (12-4) vs. Brady Hiestand (6-2)BatgerelBatgerel58:411:02:29
BONUS CONTENT — 1:03:00 “Reflecting on the Holloway vs. Allen Event”: Flawed Picks

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June M. Williams is the Bloody Elbow Production Manager & Ombudsperson, as well as our Podcast Syndicator. She is also an acting author, editor & lead fixer for Bloody Elbow. She began work for the Combat Sports Division of SB Nation in 2010, making BE her primary home since 2013.

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