Ultimate Fight Night – Holm vs Shevchenko – Preview


July 23, 2016 at United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA

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As seems to be increasingly the case, this UFN is not filled with exciting bets. I’m sure the fight card will be entertaining, but in terms of where to put my money, it’s not thrilling me. So, I’m going to have an interest bet on the main card only.

Holly Holm vs Valentina Shevchenko

I won’t pretend to have picked Holly Holm to beat Ronda Rousey back in November, but sooner or later the long-time champ was going to get caught by a striker. Before that, if we’re honest, Holm wasn’t always especially convincing. Shevchenko is coming of a loss to the new champ, Amanda Nunes, although she did take her the distance. I’m picking Shevchenko to get the upset here in a striking war against Holm.

Edson Barboza vs Gilbert Melendez

Barboza is a straight up killer and win or lose, you know what to expect from him. The UFC continues to line up fighters that will go to war with him and Gilbert Melendez is no exception. Although Gil’s 1-3 since joining the UFC, he’s going to stand in front of Barboza and throw down. I agree with the bookies that Barboza is a solid favourite and that’s where my money is going.

Francis Ngannou vs Bojan Mihajlovic

Ngannou was impressive when he fought on the Fight Night card in Croatia in April and was part of a winning bet for me. He’s a massive favourite to beat debutant Mihajlovic, and although the odds are terrible, I have to include it in the bet.

Felice Herrig vs Kallin Curran

This is the toughest pick of all four main card fights and the bookies have them even too. On the basis that Herrig has more experience against higher level opposition, I’m giving her the nod, but it’s a close one.

So in terms of the bet, nothing fancy, just a four fight accumulator

£10 returning £86.25

Shevchenko to beat Holm

Barboza to beat Melendez

Ngannou to beat Mihajlovic

Herrig to beat Curran

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