The UFC is back at the Apex Center in Las Vegas for a Fight Night card that will be headlined by Islam Makhachev vs. Thiago Moises. This fight card also features a co-main event that will see the return of former UFC bantamweight champ Meisha Tate who will take on veteran Marion Reneau in what is to be her final retirement fight.
Our MMA experts break down these two fights with a lightweight banger that sees Jeremy Stephens face Mateusz Gamot. If you are interested in betting on this UFC fight card, then register an account at any of the sportsbooks listed below and start betting right away.
Makhachev vs. Moises
If you are a hardcore UFC fan you know that Islam Makhachev is the cousin of former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The two were trained together from small by Khabib’s father and are as close as brothers. When Khabib retired, he said in no unclear terms that Islam would soon become the UFC lightweight champion.
Makhachev has struggled in the past to get a top 10 opponent to fight. This is the first time in the UFC that he has been given the opportunity to be the Main Event. He will take on a dangerous Brazilian fighter in Thiago Moises who last fought in Feb 2021 and beat Alexander Hernandez by decision.
Makhachev does not believe that Moises is a big threat going into this fight and the bookmakers agree with him. Bet365 has Makhachev as a huge betting favorite with odds of 1.14 while Moises is the underdog with odds of 6.0.
Moises has a 15-4 record and has 4 submission wins under his belt. However, this is going to be the biggest test of his career and his ground game will be put to the test. There is no secret at to what Makhachev plans to do during this fight. He will look to take Moises to the ground and either win by submission or ground and pound.
Khabib showed the massive difference between his ground game and the rest of the division and Makhachev is not too far behind in terms of his ground game. We are going to back the bookmakers and bet on Makhachev to win.
Tate vs. Reneau
The MMA community is keen to see the return of the former UFC bantamweight champ Meisha ‘Cupcake’ Tate. She last fought in 2016 before retiring from the sport and starting a family. Tate decided to return to the Octagon after having two kids and has worked really hard to get into shape and show the MMA community that she is serious on going after the title again.
Standing in her way is the 44 year old Marion Reneau who has confirmed that she will retire after this fight. Reneau is the underdog for this fight with odds of 2.10 while Tate is the favorite with odds of 1.72.
Meisha Tate is known as a grappler and does have a good ground game. However we will have to wait and see if all that time away from the Octagon has impacted her. If Reneau is going to win, her best chance is to keep the fight on the feet and stop the takedowns. We are going to back Tate to win this one.
Stephens vs. Gamrot
Jeremy Stephens last fight was cancelled after he pushed his opponent during the weigh-ins and he suffered an injury. Stephens says he is a lot calmer going into this fight in the lightweight division. He is the betting underdog with odds of 2.70 while Gamrot who has an 18-1 record is the favorite with odds of 1.50. We are going to back Gamrot to win this one.
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