UFC 290 – Rapid-fire picks and daring predictions

UFC 290 looks to be a highly action-packed event featuring many exciting matchups. In the main event we will have a championship match between two top-ranked athletes. Both fighters have impressive records, and they have demonstrated exceptional skills in octagon. The fight is going to be close, but I believe the champion will win by unanimous decision. In the co-main, two talented contenders will be vying for title shots. Both fighters are known for their aggressive fighting styles, so this fight could be one of the fights of the night. It will be a battle of wills, but I think one fighter will win with a TKO in the third.

There are some interesting matchups in the undercard that could steal show. Pay attention to a fight between two rising stars from the division. Both fighters have shown their abilities and are improving with every fight. I can’t predict the result of this fight but believe that the younger fighter is going to show off his skills and earn a hard fought decision win. A bantamweight fight between two veteran fighters is another match to watch. These fighters’ styles are well-matched, so we can expect a technical and exciting battle. I believe that the well-rounded athlete will win with a victory by submission in the second round. UFC 290 is set to be a night of exciting fights with unpredictable results.

Dan Tom, MMA Junkie analyst, analyzes the top UFC bouts. Today we take a look at the main UFC 290 card.

UFC 290 This event takes place on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena. The main event will air on pay per view after the prelims are broadcast on ABC/ESPN, and the early prelims will be shown on ESPN+.

Last event’s results : 1-3-1

Picks for UFC Main Cards in 2023: 57-49-4

Welcome to MMAJunkie’s Quick Picks and Prognostications. I’ll give brief, fight day breakdowns of UFC main card cards.

In order to achieve this, I have tried to keep these articles short and concise. My goal is for them not be perceived as dismissive or curt. All odds are provided by FanDuel.

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So, without further ado…

Bo Nickal vs. Val Woodburn

The first match of the evening is an unplanned middleweight bout between Bo Nickal You can also find out more about the following: Val Woodburn.

Woodburn, an undefeated regional fighter who has a good chance of success in UFC, will be filling in for Tresean on less than a week’s notice. It’s difficult to imagine Woodburn having any chance of success against a three-time NCAA champ on short notice.

Nickal is the pick to quickly change levels and finish the fight on the ground in the first round.

Jailin (-290), Dan Hooker (+235), vs. Dan Hooker

While I am excited about this fight between Dan Hooker and myself[/auotag] You can also find out more about the following: [autotag]Jailin, this is also the hardest fight for me to choose on this main card.

Despite not disagreeing with who is favored, I believe that Hooker could be a live dog in this spot – especially since Turner missed weight.

Hooker is not only a bodyworker, but also has some offensive wrestling that’s underrated and fights with a high pace.

It’s difficult to ignore that Hooker’s appearance has changed since his five-round battle with Dustin Poirier. “The Hangman” Turner’s bodywork is consistent, but Turner’s own vulnerability to it has been shown in the past.

I’ll bet on Turner to score the club-n-sub for round two.

Robert Whittaker (+300) vs. Dricus du Plessis (-400).

Filling out your main card is important for middleweight meetings between Robert Whittaker You can also find out more about the following: Dricus Du Plessis.

Du Plessis, despite having a style that doesn’t seem to work on paper to win, has found ways to do so on the biggest stages. This deserves recognition.

Nevertheless, it is difficult for me to see him beating Whittaker. Whittaker has been putting the college costs of his children’s education through the roof by eliminating all contenders weighing 185 lbs.

Du Plessis’ style of kicks and counters is very inviting, even if he does not appear to be someone that you would like to regularly pick on.

Du Plessis’ aggression is likely to bring out the in “The Reaper,” Whittaker is my pick to win the second round by knockout via his trademark left hook.

Brandon Moreno (-190) vs. Alexandre Pantoja (+160)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 07: (L-R) Opponents Brandon Moreno of Mexico and Alexandre Pantoja of Brazil face off during the UFC 290 ceremonial weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena on July 07, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC, via Getty Images

The co-main fight in Las Vegas will feature a thrilling flyweight title bout between Brandon Moreno Alexandrea Panoja.

I have stated that my in-depth breakdownThis is a very competitive battle to call.

Moreno is the older man, and the current champion. But that doesn’t mean that Pantoja has a 2-0 series lead (if you include their fight in season 24 of “The Ultimate Fighter”).

Moreover, Pantoja is an insanely skilled and dangerous fighter who traditionally hasn’t gotten the love he deserves – so I’d be careful about writing him off here.

Pantoja, who is older, will be fresher than Moreno, when you take into account the crazy schedule he has kept since 2020.

Pantoja’s ability to inflict enough damage on Moreno during the first half of the match to get a decision against him is not popular.

Alexander Volkanovski (-360) vs. Yair Rodriguez (+290)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 07: (L-R) Opponents Alexander Volkanovski of Australia and Yair Rodriguez of Mexico face off during the UFC 290 ceremonial weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena on July 07, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC, via Getty Images

The main UFC 290 event features a great featherweight title match between Alexander Volkanovski You can also find out more about the following: Yair Rodriguez.

I have stated that my in-depth breakdownThis fight is much trickier than the odds indicate.

Although I have been praising Volkanovski for some time as the pound-for -pound king, it’s not a secret that southpaw crosses and kicks bothered him in his final fight against Islam Makhavhev.

Rodriguez may not be an avid southpaw but he can throw some wicked kicks with his new stance. He also has some powerful crosses. It is hard to ignore Rodriguez’s tendency to work from the back and throw himself into a poor position.

Volkanovski will be my pick to recreate Frankie Edgar’s UFC 211 win by returning to his old ground-slamming methods and forcing a stoppage at the referee’s end of the 4th round.

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