UFC Vegas 7: Matchup By Matchup

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#5 Pedro Munhoz vs Frankie Edgar

Pedro Munhoz is a certified killer at 135 lbs. and Frankie’s introduction to bantamweight will not be an easy one. However, one thing that’s crazy to think about is that Frankie may finally be fighting in the right weight class for his size. He was tiny for a lightweight (where he became champion), he was small for featherweight, and his frame fits right in at bantamweight. 

The under with Pedro getting the nod is where I’m leaning. Pedro’s cardio is a variable due to him having previously been diagnosed with the coronavirus. As a whole, we still just do not know enough from a clinical standpoint about the long term effects of the virus and how different individual case to case situations may be.

Frankie is an all-time great and is certainly on the short list of guys who are universally loved in the MMA community. It pains me to pick against him, but that’s how the game goes. 

Ovince Saint Preux vs Alonzo Menifeld

First things first, Menifield can end the night with one punch. However, if he has not put the roadwork in since his last fight, he’s only got a couple of strong minutes in there before his muscled up physique fatigues. 

OSP is flat out tough. He’s also got an experience advantage when it comes to dealing with big bodies who hit hard — just look at his resume. The former University of Tennessee football player is built for this. 

OSP is the underdog. Disrespectful. Hammer that line. 

Marcin Prachnio vs Mike Rodriguez

Raise of hands, how many people saw a feature fight between two guys with losing records in the UFC coming? I’ll wait. 

Poland’s Prachnio hasn’t seen the octagon in nearly two years and was finished in his last two fights against Sam Alvey and Magomed Ankalaev. Tough opponents for sure, which was taken into consideration by the oddsmakers, but is it enough to take action for the comeback? 

Rodriguez has a 1-2-1 record in the UFC, and was last finished in his last fight at the end of 2019.

Simply because Rodriguez has been busier than the guy, I’ll take the money line here.

Mariya Agapova vs Shana Dobson

This is one of the most lopsided lines since the Amanda Nunes vs Felicia Spencer fights. The good news is, Agapova is not the sure thing that Nunes is, so there’s a chance that a couple bucks on Dobson can have a high return. Dobson is gritty and tough. The bad news is, unless you’re throwing down some heavy cash on Agapova’s money line, you’re not making much.

However, this is my lock of the night. Even at an incremental rate, money on the Kazakhstani native is a pretty safe return. I’m sold on Agapova as a high-level prospect who is working her way to title contender status after just one fight in the UFC. 

Danny Rodriguez vs Dwight Grant

This one is tough to call off top, considering that neither man is fighting who they were scheduled to fight two days ago. 

I see this going one of two ways. It’s either going to be a war on the feet between these two tough, rising prospects fighting out of California, or it’s going to be taken to the ground by the 10th Planet BJJ wizard Rodriguez. 

Grant has cleaner pure boxing, but Rodriguez will mix it up all over. I like Rodriguez here.

Prelims

  • Lemos vs Mizuki
    • Lemos
  • Hubbard vs Solecki 
    • Hubbard
  • Villanueva vs Wright
    • Villanueva
  • Minus vs Semelsberger
    • Semelsberger
  • Valiev vs Jones
    • Valiev

-Jordan Kurtz is a founding member of Comments From The Peanut Gallery and The MMA Plug and can be followed on Instagram at @CommentsFromThePeanutGallery and @TheMMAPlug303

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