I kept things simple last Saturday and I ended up going 3-1 (+2 units). Whittaker, Rua and Oliveira all won straight-up on the moneyline, although the fights were closer than I expected.
Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan Picks
Fight Odds: Shahbazyan (-310) vs. Brunson (+250)
Shahbazyan (11-0) is 4-0 in the UFC and ten of his fights have ended by stoppage (9 TKO/KO wins).
The 22-year-old is fighting 36-year-old Brunson (20-7). After being knocked out twice in 2018 (Souza and Adesanya), Brunson changed his fighting style and has reeled off two decision wins.
He has defeated Theodorou and Heinisch, but now he’s in trouble. Shahbazyan is an MMA prodigy and while this is his biggest test, it’s a good match-up for him on paper.
Brunson has been knocked out five times in his career and four of those were in the first round.
He has struggled his entire career against top middleweights. Shahbazyan still has a lot to prove, but he has incredible power, great wrestling (6.77 takedowns per 15 minutes) and he only needs to land one shot to end this fight. It just might take a round or two to land that big shot.
Brunson has been a lot more cautious in the cage in his last two fights and it has worked. While a lot of people are predicting a first round TKO/KO, I predict it’ll take until the second round.
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