The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale is live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday night. The main event features Justin Gaethje making his UFC debut against longtime UFC veteran Michael Johnson. The co-main event features the two finalists from the 25th season of the Ultimate Fighter as Jesse Taylor takes on Dhiego Lima.
The six-fight main card also includes Marc Diakiese taking on UFC newcomer Drakkar Klose in the lightweight division, in the light heavyweight division Jared Cannonier welcomes Nick Roehrick to the UFC, in the middleweight division Elias Theodorou takes on Brad Tavares and finally Marcel Fortuna goes up against undefeated Jordan Johnson in a battle of light heavyweights.
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.
Note: The predictions in this column do not necessarily mean that I will 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.
Justin Gaethje (17-0) vs. Michael Johnson (18-11) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Johnson -170; Gaethje +140
Pick: Gaethje by TKO
Dhiego Lima (14-5) vs. Jesse Taylor (32-15) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Taylor -170; Lima +140
Pick: Taylor by submission
Marc Diakiese (12-0) vs. Drakkar Klose (6-0-1) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Diakiese -270; Klose +215
Pick: Diakiese by TKO
Nick Roehrick (7-0) vs. Jared Cannonier (9-2) – Light Heavyweight 205 lbs.
Current Odds: Cannonier -260; Roehrick +210
Pick: Cannonier by TKO
Elias Theodorou (14-1) vs. Brad Tavares (14-4) – Middleweight 185 lbs.
Current Odds: Theodorou -120; Tavares -110
Pick: Theodorou by decision
Marcel Fortuna (9-1) vs. Jordan Johnson (7-0) – Light Heavyweight 205 lbs.
Current Odds: Johnson -230; Fortuna +180
Pick: Johnson by decision
Prelims Quick Look
Hill -360 over Yoder +280
Krause -385; over Gallicchio +295
Dollaway -180 over Herman +150
Eye ev. over Ladd -130
Early Prelims Quick Look
Ishihara -340 over Maynard +270
#6 Torres -450 over Lima +340
Enjoy the fights!
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