Undefeated prospect Edmen Shahbazyan seems to be to proceed his climb up the middleweight rankings when he takes on seasoned veteran Derek Brunson in the principle occasion of UFC Combat Night time: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan on Saturday. Their conflict tops the UFC Combat Night time card on the Apex facility in Las Vegas following the promotion’s two-week, four-card stint at Combat Island in Abu Dhabi. The principle UFC card is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. Each fighters will enter the Octagon for the primary time in 2020.

The No. 9-ranked Shahbazyan gained all three of his UFC bouts in 2019, whereas the No. 8-ranked Brunson is in search of his third consecutive victory. Shahbazyan is a -320 favourite (danger $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 girls’s flyweights. Earlier than making any UFC Combat Night time: 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 gained the first-ever “ToutMaster” UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and seems recurrently on a number of MMA betting and every day Fantasy exhibits. 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 practically $20,000. The completed MMA analyst has been on hearth, as he has linked on 15 of his final 16 fundamental occasion picks, a stretch that features a streak of 5 straight underdogs. At UFC Combat Night time final Saturday at Combat Island, Marley precisely predicted a call victory for top-ranked middleweight Robert Whittaker (-135) in opposition to fifth-ranked Darren Until (+115). He additionally nailed his number of Mauricio Rua (-200) in opposition to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (+175) within the co-main occasion. Anybody who has persistently adopted Marley is approach up.

Now, with UFC Combat Night time: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan quick approaching, Marley has fastidiously studied each matchup on the cardboard, recognized one of the best worth within the UFC odds and launched his MMA picks for each combat. These picks are solely out there at SportsLine.

Brunson vs. Shahbazyan preview

Shahbazyan (11-0) is thought to be 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 with out a hitch, notching victories on “Dana White’s Contender Sequence” and “The Final Fighter” to earn a roster spot. He made his debut final 12 months and racked up three victories, the newest 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 quick 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 Might of final 12 months earlier than doing the identical in an upset over rising contender Ian Heinisch in August. You’ll be able to solely see Marley’s coveted Brunson vs. Shahbazyan picks right here.

High UFC Combat Night time: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan predictions

We’ll share one among Marley’s UFC Combat Night time predictions right here: He’s backing Vicente Luque (-180) to get a submission win in opposition to Randy Brown (+160) in a matchup of welterweight contenders.

This bout has the potential to be an action-packed brawl since each fighters are identified for partaking in wars with their opponents. 

The No. 12-ranked Luque (18-7-1) has change into a fan favourite largely due to his penchant for bloody battles within the Octagon. His brutal split-decision win over Mike Perry final 12 months was given Combat of the 12 months contemplating from a number of MMA media retailers. The 28-year-old earned a stoppage victory over Niko Value in Might. 

Brown (12-3) is understood for his heavy arms and stable grappling expertise. The 30-year-old has gained three of his previous 4 bouts, together with a dominant efficiency in opposition to prospect Mickey Gall. His solely loss in that span got here to Value, a typical opponent he shares with Luque.

Methods to make UFC Combat Night time: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan picks

Marley additionally has sturdy picks for Brunson vs. Shahbazyan and each different bout on the UFC Combat Night time card. He is additionally backing one fighter who “is healthier in every single place.” You’ll be able to see these UFC Combat Night time: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan picks solely at SportsLine.

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

UFC Combat Night time: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan odds (by way of 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)