UFC Fight Week returns with another dose of killer filler. UFC Vegas 72 has a great co-main event—I mean, who hates bantamweight fights?—but nothing else to show for it. Song Yadong vs. Ricky Simon should be an absolute barn burner. The rest of it? A tire fire. Fortunately we’ve got a PPV next week that has a lot of cool fights on it.
Much like the main card, the UFC Vegas 72 prelims are all about struggle. Unlike the main card, the undercard doesn’t have a fight like Song Yadong vs. Ricky Simon to hold it down. Sure Cody Durden vs. Charles Johnson is alright, but that’s a poor consolation. The rest of it just feels like they rounded up everyone on the roster that had a contractually obligated fight offer coming up, and this is what fell out.
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UFC Vegas 72: Song vs. Simón Fight Card
Here’s a look at the UFC Vegas 72 card, as it stood at the time of recording:
ESPN+ UFC Vegas 72 MAIN CARD | SAT. APR. 29 — 7/4PM ETPT
|BOUT||Zane Picks||Connor Cares||Start||Odds|
|11. Song Yadong (19-7-1) vs. Ricky Simón (20-3)||Simón||Simón||9:57||31:25|
|10. Caio Borralho (13-1) vs. Michał Oleksiejczuk (18-5)||Oleksiejczuk||Oleksiejczuk||32:41||45:55|
|9. Cody Brundage (8-3) vs. Rodolfo Vieira (8-2)||Vieira||Vieira||49:23||57:34|
|8. Julian Erosa (28-10) vs. Fernando Padilla (14-4)||Erosa||Erosa||58:16||1:08:27|
|7. Waldo Cortes-Acosta (9-0) vs. Marcos Rogério de Lima (20-8-1)||de Lima||De Lima||1:09:02||1:18:21|
|6. Josh Quinlan (6-0) vs. Trey Waters (7-1)||Quinlan||Quinlan||1:20:50||1:26:35|
ESPN2/ESPN+ PRELIMS | 4/1PM ETPT (1 CARE)
|BOUT||Zane Picks||Connor Picks||Start||Odds|
|5. Martin Buday (11-1) vs. Jake Collier (13-8)||Buday||Buday||1:40||9:45|
|4. Cody Durden (14-4) vs. Charles Johnson (13-4)||Johnson||Johnson||11:41||20:39|
|3. Stephanie Egger (8-3) vs. Irina Alekseeva (4-1)||Egger||Egger||21:25||28:06|
|2. Journey Newson (10-4) vs. Marcus McGhee (6-1)||Newson||Newson||29:20||None|
|1. Hailey Cowan (7-2) vs. Jamey-Lyn Horth (5-0)||Horth||Horth||41:14||47:21|
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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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