UFC Las Vegas 58 will take center stage this weekend at the Apex with an 11-fight card, which includes six preliminary and five main draw bouts. The main card is headlined by a top 10 light matchup between No. 7 Rafael Dos Anjos and No. 10 Rafael Fiserv. ESPN will televise the entire card starting at 6 p.m (ET).
Dos Anjos is the more experienced fighter, and after meddling as a welterweight for a few boars, he dropped back down to lightweight, picking up a couple of victories via decision. Meanwhile, Fiserv enters on a five-match winning streak and has come out victorious in 11 of 12 career outings overall. While the Dos Anjos-Fiserv match should be outstanding and ultra-competitive, there are several good betting situations, which I will explore here.
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Said Nurmagomedov (-275) Over Douglas Silva De Andrade
This Nurmagomedev-De Andrade fight is a main card bantamweight draw. Nurmagomedov is the biggest betting favorite on the card and should have a relatively easy time with De Andrade as he is younger and has a longer reach.
Nurmagodov has a very aggressive but well-rounded fighting style with the ability to fight in several ways while also being capable of grinding out victories. Nurmagodov owns the highest significant strikes landed per minute differential of any male fighter partaking in the UFC Las Vegas 58 event.
Jared Vanderaa (-180) Over Chase Sherman
Both fighters enter this main card heavyweight battle on significant losing streaks. Vanderaa (12-8) has lost three straight, with two of those matches not going the distance. Sherman (15-10) has dropped his last four bouts, with it being more than two years since the last time his hand was raised in victory.
This battle could turn into a slugfest as each fighter should be able to get their licks in. The difference could be Vanderaa’s durability as well as his quick striking ability. This should pay dividends as Sherman is poor at defending opposing strikes, absorbing 6.32 significant strikes per minute.
Kennedy Nzechukwu (-135) vs Karl Roberson
This light heavyweight preliminary bout could be a doozy as the fighters may get into a striking war. If that is the case, Nzechukwu has the upper hand due to his enormous size and reach advantage and superior striking ability.
Neither combatant has an overabundance of experience, and both fighters enter the contest on losing streaks. Nzechukwu (9-3, 3-3 UFC) has lost two straight, while Roberson (9-5, 4-4 UFC) has dropped his last three bouts. However, Nzechukwu could use the fact that Roberson is less experienced at this weight class to his advantage, as Roberson was a middleweight two fights ago.
Nina Nunes (+130) Over Cynthia Calvillo
This should be a nice flyweight matchup with both fighters ranked in their respective divisions. Nunes, ranked No.7 in the welterweight division, is making her debut as a flyweight while Calvillo is ranked No. 11 in this division. Each fighter comes into the match on a losing streak, with Nunes losing two straight and Calvillo dropping three consecutive fights.
Calvillo hasn’t looked good in either of her last two outings, getting knocked out both times. While Nunes was dominated by McKenzie Dorn the previous time out, it was her first fight in two years. So, expect Nunes to be in better form, smarter, and more consistent than Calvillo in this one.
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