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
|BOUT||Zane Picks||Connor Picks||Start||Odds|
|12. Sergei Pavlovich (17-1) vs. Curtis Blaydes (17-3)||Blaydes||Blaydes||4:04||15:07|
|11. Brad Tavares (19-7) vs. Bruno Silva (22-8)||Tavares||Tavares||15:52||26:26|
|10. Bobby ‘King’ Green (29-14-1) vs. Jared Gooden (19-6)||Green||Green||27:39||37:19|
|9. Iasmin Lucindo (13-5) vs. Brogan Walker (7-3)||Lucindo||Lucindo||37:53||43:57|
|8. Jeremiah Wells (11-2) vs. Matt Semelsberger (11-4)||Semelsberger||Wells||44:25||52:50|
ESPN+ UFC Vegas 71 PRELIMS | 4/1PM ETPT
|BOUT||Zane Picks||Connor Picks||Start||Odds|
|7. Ricky Glenn (22-6-2) vs. Christos Giagos (19-10)||Glenn||Glenn||2:04||9:19|
|6. Rani Yahya (28-10-1) vs. Montel Jackson (12-2)||Jackson||Jackson||10:14||25:45|
|5. Karol Rosa (16-4) vs. Norma Dumont (8-2)||Rosa||Rosa||27:09||33:17|
|4. Mohammed Usman (8-2) vs. Junior Tafa (4-0)||Usman||Usman||36:00||43:02|
|3. Francis Marshall (7-0) vs. William Gomis (11-2)||Marshall||Marshall||43:42||51:25|
|2. Priscila Cachoeira (12-4) vs. Karine Silva (15-4)||Cachoeira||Cachoeira||52:11||58:00|
|1. Batgerel Danaa (12-4) vs. Brady Hiestand (6-2)||Batgerel||Batgerel||58:41||1:02:29|
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|Time Span||Zane’s Pick Record||Connor’s Pick Record||Zane’s Pick %||Connor’s Pick %|
|UFC on ABC 4: Rozenstruik vs. Almeida||5/11||6/11||46%||55%|
|Early 2020 — UFC on ABC 4, May 2023||919/1450||882/1450||63%||61%|
|2023 Overall Stats||107/197||105/197||54%||54%|
|2022 Overall Stats||331/505||312/505||66%||62%|
|2021 Overall Stats||305/493||295/493||62%||60%|
|2020 Incomplete Stats*||176/255||170/255||69%||67%|
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