Derek Brunson has by no means fought for a UFC title, however he has shared the Octagon with the present middleweight champion. He believes his embellished monitor document is proof that he nonetheless belongs among the many sport’s elite, and he will get an opportunity to show it on Saturday towards rising contender Edmen Shahbazyan in the principle occasion of UFC Combat Evening: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan. The battle of top-10 contenders attracts the curtain on the UFC Combat Evening card from the Apex facility in Las Vegas, with the principle card slated for 9 p.m. ET.

The No. 8-rated Brunson has gained two straight and hopes his expertise and resilience will finally garner a coveted title shot. However the No. 9-ranked Shahbazyan is undefeated and decided to remain on his personal quick monitor to compete for the belt. Shahbazyan is a -330 favourite (danger $330 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 (-155) takes on Jennifer Maia (+130) in a conflict of ranked ladies’s flyweights. Earlier than making any UFC Combat Evening: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan picks, be sure to 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 commonly on a number of MMA betting and each day Fantasy reveals. He watches each single struggle 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 important occasion picks, a stretch that features a streak of 5 straight underdogs. At UFC Combat Evening final Saturday at Combat Island, Marley precisely predicted a choice victory for top-ranked middleweight Robert Whittaker (-135) towards fifth-ranked Darren Until (+115). He additionally nailed his collection of Mauricio Rua (-200) towards Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (+175) within the co-main occasion. Anybody who has constantly adopted Marley is approach up.

Now, with UFC Combat Evening: 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 struggle. These picks are solely out there 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 rapidly caught the eye of MMA observers by mowing down the competitors within the California Xtreme Combating 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 checks 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 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 towards former champions Robert Whittaker and UFC icon Anderson Silva, each losses. He additionally got here up quick towards present champion Israel Adesanya in November.

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

High UFC Combat Evening: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan predictions

We’ll share one in all Marley’s UFC Combat Evening predictions right here: He’s backing Frankie Saenz (+210) to drag the upset of Jonathan Martinez (-260) in a matchup of bantamweight prospects. 

Martinez (11-3) is a 26-year-old prospect who climbed the ranks behind profitable runs in promotions just like the Xtreme Combating League and Combate Americas. The Texan has break up 4 bouts below the UFC banner and is coming off a disputed split-decision loss towards Andre Ewell in February. 

Saenz (13-6), 39, is a seven-year UFC veteran who has shared the Octagon with a number of of the division’s largest names. The Arizona native’s ledger features a victory over Merab Dvalishvili, who’s now ranked No. 15 within the division. 

“Martinez might be placed on his again and Saenz is keen to chain wrestle, so I believe there’s a clear path for him,” Marley informed SportsLine. “With Saenz being the underdog, I’ve to choose him for that cause.”

The right way to make UFC Combat Evening: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan picks

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

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

UFC Combat Evening: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan odds (by way of William Hill)

Edmen Shahbazyan (-330) vs. Derek Brunson (+260)
Joanne Calderwood (-155) vs. Jennifer Maia (+130)
Vicente Luque (-195) vs. Randy Brown (+165)
Lando Vannata (-155) vs. Bobby Inexperienced (+130)
Kevin Holland (-220) vs. Trevin Giles (+180)
Jonathan Martinez (-260) vs. Frankie Saenz (+210)
Gerald Meerschaert (-170) vs. Ed Herman (+145)
Ray Borg (-260) vs. Nathan Maness (+210)
Markus Perez (-220) vs. Eric Spicely (+180)
Timur Valiev (-180) vs. Jamall Emmers (+160)
Chris Gutierrez (-340) vs. Cody Durden (+270)