The UFC makes its first appearance ever in the state of Idaho, with a set of fights at CenturyLink Arena for UFC Fight Night 133 on FS1. The main event features former UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos against former WSOF champ Blagoy Ivanov. The co-main event pits welterweight Sage Northcutt against Zak Ottow. Take a look at the fight card below as well as a MMA betting preview of the main event as well as some insights into some of the other bouts.
UFC Fight Night 133 Dos Santos vs Ivanov Betting Preview
HWs look to earn their way to the top.
— UFC (@ufc) July 9, 2018
Main Card (10pm ET, FS1)
- Junior dos Santos (-185) vs Blagoy Ivanov (+150)
- Sage Northcutt (-125) vs Zak Ottow (+110)
- Dennis Bermudez (-250) vs Rick Glenn (+195)
- Randy Brown vs Niko Price
- Myles Jury vs Chad Mendes
- Marion Reneau vs Cat Zingano
Preliminary Card (8pm ET, FS1)
- Alejandro Perez vs Eddie Wineland
- Darren Elkins vs Alex Volkanovski
- Said Nurmagomedov vs Justin Scoggins
- Kurt Holobaugh vs Raoni Barcelos
Preliminary Card (6:30pm ET, Fight Pass)
- Liz Carmouche vs Jennifer Maia
- Mark De La Rosa vs Elias Garcia
- Jessica Aguilar vs Jodie Esquibel
Junior dos Santos vs Blagoy Ivanov features an immense chance for Ivanov (16-1, 1 NC) to show what he can do in his UFC debut, as he faces the former champ in dos Santos (18-5). Ivanov has a chance to extend his winning streak in bouts to six in a row, coming in as the former champion of the Professional Fighters League. He defended his belt against Caio Alencar on November 2 after picking up four wins as the WSOF champion. During this streak, three of the wins have come via finish, with one submission and a pair of knockouts, and he has picked up six wins of each time out of 16 overall. His only loss has come against Alexander Volkov, who has six straight wins of his own in the UFC, aiming for a shot at the belt.
Dos Santos has not fought since getting knocked out in the first round by Stipe Miocic over a year ago at UFC 211. He has a 4-4 record in his last eight bouts, dating all the way back to his first belt defense at UFC 146 in 2012. The striking power that Ivanov brings will test dos Santos, as will the fact that dos Santos has been out of the ring for so long. That rust could catch up with him given the hunger that Ivanov has.
Prediction: Ivanov wins via decision
Sage Northcutt vs Zak Ottow features a fighter who has moved back and forth through weight classes in Northcutt (10-2) and has finally committed to the welterweight division at the age of 22. Northcutt brings explosive striking power along with the sort of athleticism that makes him hard to wear out in terms of cardio. He has the advantage of landing accuracy (51% versus 40% for Ottow), and he lands 3.66 significant strikes per minute, as opposed to just 3.42 for Ottow. He has the advantage of averaging three times as many takedowns as Ottow as well. Ottow (16-5) is nine years older and has the advantage of having stuck with the same classification. Ten of his 16 wins have come via submission, and while he does not take down as many times as Northcutt, his accuracy is slightly better (33% to 32%) and his defense (67% to 35%) is significant. However, I’m not sure he can keep up with the flurry of blows coming his way.
Prediction: Northcutt wins via knockout
Dennis Bermudez vs Rick Glenn gives us a favorite in Bermudez (16-8) who has not won a fight since he took down Rony Jason in 2016 at UFC Fight Night 92, prevailing in a unanimous decision. He has lost each of his last two bouts via split decision against Darren Elkins and Andre Fili. Glenn (20-5-1) has a 4-2 record since he left the WSOF, where he held the featherweight belt, winning his classification in 2014 but then splitting the next two bouts, and then bouncing around a couple of different promotions before joining the UFC in 2016. Since then, he has gone 2-2, with each going to decision. I think that Bermudez is due and will take care of Glenn.
Prediction: Bermudez wins via decision