Former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos will attempt to gain leverage towards another title shot when he takes on rising contender Rafael Fiziev in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Fiziev on Saturday. The main UFC fight card is set for 9 p.m. ET from the UFC’s Apex facility in Las Vegas. Dos Anjos, ranked No. 7, is a 14-year UFC veteran who is generally considered one of the most well-rounded fighters in the history of the lightweight division. His quest towards another title run hinges on getting past the No. 10-ranked Fiziev, who has won five consecutive fights following a loss in his UFC debut.
Fiziev is a -210 favorite (risk $210 to win $100), while Dos Anjos is priced at +185 in the latest UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Fiziev odds from Caesars Sportsbook. In the co-main event, middleweight prospects square off as Caio Borralho (-200) takes on Armen Petrosyan (+175). Before locking in any picks of your own for UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Fiziev, make sure you check out the MMA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine expert Andrew Gombas.
Gombas is a former NCAA wrestler who taps into his experience on the mat to help understand and dissect the X’s and O’s of MMA matchups in a manner that sets him apart from other MMA analysts. He started the MMA handicapping service MMA Knockout Bets in 2018 and has shown a profit every year since.
With more than 1,400 selections tracked by the third-party monitoring service Bet MMA, he has shown a 6 percent return on investment for his followers. Over the past two years, his followers have netted a profit of more than $10,000.
Just last month at UFC 275, Gombas swept the board with his main-card picks, and the five-fight sweep included advising SportsLine members to back Jake Matthews (+125) against Andre Fialho (-145) in a matchup of welterweight prospects. Matthews dominated from the outset and scored a second-round stoppage to provide Gombas’ backers with another easy winner. Anyone who has followed Gombas already has seen massive returns.
Now, with UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Fiziev looming, Gombas has studied the card from every angle and released his top MMA picks. Those picks are only available at SportsLine.
UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Fiziev preview
The main event Saturday should provide some clarity, at least for the two combatants, in a division that is rich with decorated veterans but also chock full of talented prospects who are determined to show that they belong at the top.
With a victory, Dos Anjos (31-13), 37, could prove that he still belongs in the crowded mix for title consideration. However, a loss might push him to the role of top-10 gatekeeper for prospects such as Fiziev (11-1), who is taking a major step forward in competition by facing the former champion.
Dos Anjos won the lightweight title with a decision over Anthony Pettis in March 2015 and defended it once by beating Donald Cerrone before relinquishing the crown to Eddie Alvarez. His resume also includes wins over Nate Diaz and former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.
The Brazilian moved to welterweight five years ago, but found it difficult to compete with the division’s elite while posting a 4-4 record. He came up short against the likes of current champion Kamaru Usman and top-ranked contender Colby Covington. But he has won two straight since returning to lightweight and is coming off a win against veteran Renato Moicano in March.
Fiziev has shown a lethal blend of mastery in numerous disciplines including Muay Thai, combat sambo, boxing and wrestling. The 29-year-old Kyrgyzstani dropped his UFC debut by first-round stoppage to Magomed Mustafaev in April 2019 but has since reeled off five straight victories.
Fiziev has earned performance bonuses in each of his past four fights and showed all his tools in an explosive knockout of fellow prospect Brad Riddell in December. You can only see who to back at UFC Fight Night here.
Top UFC Fight Night picks
We’ll share one of Gombas’ UFC Fight Night selections here: He is siding with Jared Vanderaa (-180) to get his hand raised against Chase Sherman (+160) in a battle of heavyweights.
Vanderaa (12-8) is an alum of “Dana White’s Contender Series” who has gone 2-4 in the UFC while facing mostly a gauntlet of dangerous veterans. His last appearance resulted in a loss to submission specialist Aleksei Oleinik in April.
Sherman (15-10) is a six-year UFC veteran who once had a four-fight winning streak that was offset by what is now a four-fight skid. He fell to undefeated prospect Alexander Romanov in April.
“Vanderaa is big, even by heavyweight standards, and I think he is the better striker. I also think he has a better gas tank than Sherman,” Gombas told SportsLine. See who else to pick here.
How to make UFC Fight Night picks
Gombas also has strong picks for Dos Anjos vs. Fiziev and other fights on the UFC Fight Night card. He’s also backing a fighter who will “get his grappling going” and emerge with a dominant victory. Those UFC Fight Night picks are only available at SportsLine.
Who wins Dos Anjos vs. Fiziev? And what other picks do you need to make? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed top picks for UFC Fight Night, all from the insider who’s up more than $10,000 on MMA picks the past two years, and find out.
UFC Fight Night odds, fight card
Rafael Fiziev (-210) vs. Rafael Dos Anjos (+185)
Caio Borralho (-200) vs. Armen Petrosyan (+175)
Said Nurmagomedov (-265) vs. Douglas Silva (+225)
Jared Vanderaa (-180) vs. Chase Sherman (+160)
Jamie Mullarkey (-240) vs. Michael Johnson (+200)
Cynthia Calvillo (-145) vs. Nina Nunes (+125)
Ricky Turcios (-190) vs. Aiemann Zahabi (+170)
Antonina Shevchenko (-170) vs. Cortney Casey (+150)
Tresean Gore (-135) vs. Cody Brundage (+115)
Kennedy Nzechukwu (-135) vs. Karl Roberson (+115)
Ronnie Lawrence (-135) vs. Saidyokub Kakhramono (+115)
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