After placing on 4 playing cards at Battle Island in Abu Dhabi, the Final Preventing Championship returns to the Apex Facility in Las Vegas on Saturday for UFC Battle Evening: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan. The power was constructed to suit the corporate’s COVID-19 wants and hosted 5 main occasions in Could and June, together with UFC 250. Now, two middleweights seeking to shoot up the rankings will take heart stage as No. eight Derek Brunson goes head-to-head with No. 9 Edmen Shahbazyan in the principle occasion on the UFC Battle Evening card.

Brunson enters on a two-fight profitable streak, however Shahbazyan is an ideal 11-0, and his final three fights have all ended within the first spherical. The principle UFC combat card begins at 9 p.m. ET. Shahbazyan is a -320 favourite (threat $320 to win $100), whereas Brunson is a +260 underdog within the newest Brunson vs. Shahbazyan odds from William Hill. Within the co-main occasion, Joanne Calderwood (-180) takes on Jennifer Maia (+160) in a conflict of ranked ladies’s flyweights. Earlier than making any UFC Battle Evening: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan picks, be sure you see what SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley has to say, given the epic run he is on. 

Marley received the first-ever “ToutMaster” UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and seems often on a number of MMA betting and each day Fantasy reveals. He watches each single combat for each single UFC card and does intensive analysis earlier than every occasion. 

Over the previous 17 months, $100 bettors who’ve adopted Marley’s picks are up almost $20,000. The achieved MMA analyst has been on fireplace, as he has linked on 15 of his final 16 most important occasion picks, a stretch that features a streak of 5 straight underdogs. At UFC Battle Evening final Saturday at Battle Island, Marley precisely predicted a choice victory for top-ranked middleweight Robert Whittaker (-135) in opposition to fifth-ranked Darren Until (+115). He additionally nailed his choice of Mauricio Rua (-200) in opposition to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (+175) within the co-main occasion. Anybody who has constantly adopted Marley is manner up.

Now, with UFC Battle Evening: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan quick approaching, Marley has rigorously studied each matchup on the cardboard, recognized the very best worth within the UFC odds and launched his MMA picks for each combat. These picks are solely accessible at SportsLine.

Brunson vs. Shahbazyan preview

Shahbazyan (11-0) is considered one of many promotion’s most intriguing younger prospects. The 22-year-old Californian shortly caught the eye of MMA observers by mowing down the competitors within the California Xtreme Preventing promotion, the place he posted a 5-Zero mark, with all wins by stoppage. He has 9 stoppages amongst his 11 victories.

Shahbazyan handed the UFC vetting exams and not using a hitch, notching victories on “Dana White’s Contender Collection” and “The Final Fighter” to earn a roster spot. He made his debut final yr and racked up three victories, the latest a stoppage of veteran Brad Tavares.

He now steps up in competitors to face one other skilled UFC opponent in Brunson, who made his UFC debut in December 2012 with a win over stalwart Chris Leben. His tenure with the promotion contains back-to-back bouts in opposition to former champions Robert Whittaker and UFC icon Anderson Silva, each losses. He additionally got here up brief in opposition to present champion Israel Adesanya in November.

However the resilient 36-year-old returned to the rankings on the power of two spectacular victories. He defeated Elias Theodorou by choice in Could of final yr earlier than doing the identical in an upset over rising contender Ian Heinisch in August. You possibly can solely see Marley’s coveted Brunson vs. Shahbazyan picks right here.

Prime UFC Battle Evening: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan predictions

We’ll share considered one of Marley’s UFC Battle Evening predictions right here: He’s backing Vicente Luque (-180) to get a submission win in opposition to Randy Brown (+160) in a battle of welterweights.

The 28-year-old Brazilian began off his profession at 7-5-1 after shedding to Michael Graves within the Final Fighter Finale in July 2015, however he is gone 11-2 within the UFC since and run his file as much as 18-7-1. 

Luque is coming off a third-round TKO of Niko Value and has earned knockouts in 5 of his final seven fights. His punching energy and common edge as a striker ought to repay in opposition to Brown (12-3). Luque has landed 5.18 vital strikes per minute throughout his UFC profession, whereas Brown has posted simply 3.41.

“Brown goes to have measurement and attain benefits on his toes,” Marley informed SportsLine. “Luque is the higher and extra harmful striker and has an enormous edge on the bottom if he seems to get it there.”

How you can make UFC Battle Evening: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan picks

Marley additionally has robust picks for Brunson vs. Shahbazyan and each different bout on the UFC Battle Evening card. He is additionally backing one fighter who “is healthier all over the place.” You possibly can see these UFC Battle Evening: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan picks solely at SportsLine.

Who wins Brunson vs. Shahbazyan at UFC Battle Evening? And the way precisely does every combat finish? Go to SportsLine now to get detailed picks on each combat on Saturday’s UFC Battle Evening: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan card, all from the achieved knowledgeable who’s up virtually $20,000 and has nailed 15 of the final 16 most important occasions, and discover out.

UFC Battle Evening: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan odds (through William Hill)

Edmen Shahbazyan (-320) vs. Derek Brunson (+260)
Joanne Calderwood (-180) vs. Jennifer Maia (+160)
Vicente Luque (-180) vs. Randy Brown (+160)
Lando Vannata (-145) vs. Bobby Inexperienced (+125)
Kevin Holland (-200) vs. Trevin Giles (+175)
Jonathan Martinez (-200) vs. Frankie Saenz (+175)
Gerald Meerschaert (-180) vs. Ed Herman (+160)
Ray Borg (-215) vs. Nathan Maness (+185)
Markus Perez (-190) vs. Eric Spicely (+170)
Timur Valiev (-180) vs. Jamall Emmers (+160)
Chris Gutierrez (-320) vs. Cody Durden (+260)