The UFC will host yet another fight card at the UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The next card is on March 13 and will feature a Main Event between Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad. There are a number of exciting fights on this card and if you would like to bet on these fights, you can do so at any of the following betting sites listed below as they all cover the UFC.
Our MMA experts made three predictions based on UFC259 which took place on March 6 and we got 2 out of our 3 predictions correct. The one we got wrong was a title fight between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling.
Technically speaking, we got this prediction right as the Petr Yan was winning the fight on the judges scorecard before an illegal knee resulted in disqualification and Sterling winning the championship by DQ – a first in UFC History. That’s something even our experts could not predict!
We now move on to Edwards vs. Muhammad and we look at three fights on this card and share our predictions. Please use our predictions only as a guideline as you need to also use your instinct and make your own decisions before you place your bets on sportsbooks like Betway and 22Bet.
Main Event: Edwards vs. Muhammad
Leon Edwards is probably just one win away from being in a position to challenge UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman for a title shot. Edwards has been sidelined for over a year as COVID-19 has stopped him from fighting as much as he would have liked. The lack of action has not been good for Edwards as there is not enough hype surrounding him and that could hurt his chances of a title fight.
However, an impressive win over Belal Muhammad could put him in the spotlight and boost his chances for a championship fight. Edwards wasn’t scheduled to fight Muhammad as his opponent was the young and impressive Khamzat Chimaev. The fight fell through on two occasions as Chimaev contracted COVID-19 and is yet to fully recover.
Bookmakers have Edwards as the favorite with odds of 1.40 while Muhammad is the underdog with odds of 3.00. While Edwards last fight was back in July 2019 when he defeated Rafael Dos Anjos, Muhammad’s last fight was in Feb 2021 when he defeated Dhiego Lima.
Before you place your bet on this one, there are a couple of factors to consider. Will ring rust play a factor in Edwards’s performance this weekend? Will the short turnaround between fights for Muhammad work to his advantage or disadvantage? We are going to back Edwards to win this fight as we feel that while Muhammad is a good fighter, the step up in competition might be a little too steep for him.
Misha Cirkunov vs. Ryann Spann
This is the co-main event and the bookmakers have Cirkunov as the favorite with odds of 1.72 while Spann is at 2.10. Cirkunov’s last fight was back in Sep 2019 when he submitted Jimmy Crute while Spann’s last fight was a loss to Johnny Walker. We believe if Cirkunov can take Spann to the ground, he should be able to win the fight. We would put our money on Cirkunov.
Dan Ige vs. Gavin Tucker
This is an exciting featherweight fight on the Main Card featuring Dan Ige who has a 14-3 record against Gavin Tucker who has a 13-1 record. The bookmakers have Ige as a slight favorite at 1.72 and Tucker at 2.10. Dan Ige was scheduled to fight Ryan Hall on March 13 but Hall pulled out and Tucker decided to step up.
Dan Ige put up a great fight in his last performance against Calvin Kattar in July 2020 and lost by decision. Ige will be looking to bounce back with an impressive win over Tucker who won his last fight against Billy Quarantillo in December 2020. We are going to back Ige to win this one as the short notice fight might hurt Tucker.