The UFC makes a stop at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas for UFC Fight Night 126. The main event takes place in the welterweight division where Donald Cerrone takes on Yancy Medeiros in what should be an exciting bout.
After winning four straight, Cerrone limps into this fight the loser of his last three fights. While his decision loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC 214 was a close, competitive fight, the losses to Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal were one sided affairs. Yancy Medeiros on the other hand enters the fight riding a three-fight winning streak. All three wins were finishes. His most recent fight was a third round TKO of Alez Oliveira at UFC 218.
The co-main event features a battle of heavyweights when Derrick Lewis goes up against Marcin Tybura. Lewis suffered a TKO loss at the hands Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 110 his last time in the cage. It was a surprising outcome considering Lewis came into the fight riding a six-fight win streak. Poland’s own Marcin Tybura also dropped his last contest, losing to Fabricio Werdum by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 121.
The six-fight main card also includes fast rising James Vick against Francisco Trinaldo, Thiago Alves vs. Curtis Millender, Brandon Davis takes on Steven Peterson and Sage Northcutt goes up against Thibault Gouti.
The early prelims will air on Fight Pass starting at 5 PM CT, with Fox Sports 1 taking over at 6 PM CT for the prelims. Keep it on FS1 for the main card starting at 8 PM CT.
Here are the current odds and my predictions for each fight.
Note: The predictions in this column do not necessarily mean that I will be betting them. I have changed my mind in the past and gone the other way after conducting more research. For all of my official bets follow me on Twitter @FightChampBlog. You can also find all of my official MMA bets at betmmatips.com.
Donald Cerrone (32-10, 1 NC) vs. Yancy Medeiros (15-4, 1 NC) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Cerrone -115; Medeiros -115
Pick: Cerrone by Submission
Derrick Lewis (18-5, 1 NC) vs. Marcin Tybura (16-3) – Heavyweight 265 lbs.
Current Odds: Tybura -120; Lewis -110
Pick: Lewis by KO/TKO
James Vick (12-1) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (22-5) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Vick -230; Trinaldo +180
Pick: Vick by Decision, but Trinaldo is a live dog and I wouldn’t be surprised to see an upset here.
Thiago Alves (27-11) vs. Curtis Millender (14-3) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Alves -170; Millender +140
Pick: Alves by Decision
Steven Peterson (15-6) vs. Brandon Davis (8-3) – Featherweight 145 lbs.
Current Odds: Davis -210; Peterson +165
Pick: Davis by Decision
Sage Northcutt (9-2) vs. Thibault Gouti (11-3) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Northcutt -330; Gouti +260
Pick: Northcutt by Submission
Jared Gordon (14-1) vs. Diego Ferreira (12-2) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Gordaon -210; Ferreira +165
Pick: Gordon by Decision
Geoff Neal (8-2) vs. Brian Camozzi (7-4) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Neal -210; Camozzi +165
Pick: Neal by KO/TKO
Roberto Sanchez (7-1) vs. Joby Sanchez (11-2) – Flyweight 125 lbs.
Current Odds: J. Sanchez -145; R Sanchez +115
Pick: J. Sanchez by Decision
Sarah Moras (5-3) vs. Lucie Pudilova (7-2) – Bantamweight 135 lbs.
Current Odds: Pudilova -140; Moras +110
Pick: Pudilova by Decision
Joshua Burkman (29-16, 1 NC) vs. Alex Morono (13-4, 1 NC) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Morono -335, Burkman +265
Pick: Morono by KO/TKO
Oskar Piechota (10-0-1) vs. Tim Williams (15-3) – Middleweight 185 lbs.
Current Odds: Piechota -320; Williams +250
Pick: Piechota by Submission
Enjoy the fights!
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