Lightweights - Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tony Ferguson
Opening odds at BookMaker: Dos Anjos -140, Ferguson +120. Over/Under o2.5-160
Odds Update: Dos Anjos -160, Ferguson +130. Over/Under: u3.5+115
Former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (25-8, 5 KOs, 8 SUBs) will meet surging contender Tony Ferguson ( at UFC Fight Night 98 on November 5, 2016 at the Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico. The card will be televised on UFC Fight Pass.
The last time the UFC had an event in Mexico City, the story of the card wasn’t the bouts - it was the elevation. Situated over 7300 feet above sea level, the high altitude caused many fighters to gas early, leading to grueling encounters throughout the night. In some matchups, it played out to dramatic effect. In others, it just looked sloppy.
Then champion Cain Velasquez - renowned for his endless cardio - gassed early and lost his heavyweight championship as a result. We’ll see if the fighters are better prepared this time. Let’s take a look at the other intriguing storylines this card has to offer.
There’s just no way that the UFC can justifiably deny Tony Ferguson a title shot if he beats Rafael dos Anjos. Even in the ultra competitive lightweight division, “El Cucuy” has reeled off eight straight wins, and has taken some fine fighters to school in the process. His wild, creative style is ridiculously entertaining to watch, and he isn’t afraid to go shot-for-shot with anyone.
Dos Anjos is coming off one of the best lightweight runs in recent memory. Although he lost his belt to Eddie Alvarez in his last outing, the Brazilian utilized a punishing brand of Muay Thai to rack up a five-fight winning streak that included demolitions of fighters like Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, Nate Diaz and Benson Henderson.
Although he publicly campaigned for an immediate rematch against Alvarez, Dos Anjos was sent back in line. However, if he can convincingly beat the division’s hottest fighter, he could find himself right back in another championship bout.
Make no mistake, this is one of the most intriguing matchups remaining in 2016. Ferguson is the type of fighter who will try anything inside the cage, from spinning elbows to somersault kicks. Dos Anjos is a textbook Muay Thai stylist who is an accomplished BJJ black belt. And they’re both aggressive as hell.
In terms of potential violence, it just doesn’t get much better than Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Tony Ferguson. As the main event of this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 98 in Mexico City, the pivotal lightweight clash pits a powerful Muay Thai ace against a highly unpredictable kickboxer. If you’re looking to turn a casual MMA fan into a hardcore one, plant them in front of the TV when these two square off. Continue...
Women’s strawweights - Alexa Grasso vs. Heather Clark
Current odds: Grasso -400, Clark +315.
Odds Update: Grasso -468, Clark +371.
23-year old Alexa Grasso is unbeaten in eight pro fights, four of which came by first-round knockout. A 115-pound woman who can knock out girls cold? You bet I’m gonna be watching. The UFC women’s strawweight division is quickly becoming one of the most exciting weight classes in the promotion, with stars like Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Claudia Gadelha, Rose Namajunas and Paige VanZant leading the way.
Grasso’s first test will come against Heather Jo Clark, a middling fighter that’s little more than a gatekeeper. But therein lies the danger: Grasso comes in with a ton of hype, and anything less than a dominant performance will disappoint.
Lightweights - Rashid Magomedov vs. Beneil Dariush
Current odds: Magomendov -187, Dariush +160.
Odds Update: Magomendov -140, Dariush +120.
Two criminally underrated prospects will look to climb the lightweight ladder in a battle between the Dariush and Magomedov, whose respective records are 13-2 and 19-1. In Magomedov’s case, the Dagestani native hasn’t lost since 2010 and is currently riding a 12-fight winning streak that includes four inside the octagon.
As for Dariush, he’s racked up a 7-2 octagon record that includes impressive wins over notable fighters like Jim Miller and Michael Johnson. He’s a tough out for anyone in the division, and has been flying under the radar as a high-risk, low reward fighter for years.
Lightweights- Diego Sanchez vs. Marcin Held
Current odds: Held -210, Sanchez +175.
UFC Fight Night 98: Diego Sanchez vs. Marcin Held Prediction
Marcin Held is favored to defeat Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 98 in Mexico City on Saturday. Held is 4-1 in his last five fights with the only loss coming to Will Brooks while Sanchez has dropped three of his last five fights, with his most recent loss coming to Joe Lauzon. This bout is one of six on the main card at UFC Fight Night 98 that is headlined by the fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Tony Ferguson. Let’s look at the fight between Sanchez and Held and UFC picks. Continue...
Featherweights - Eric Perez vs. Felipe Arantes
Current odds: Perez -185, Arantes +158