UFC 250 Nunes vs Spencer Fight Pass Prelims Odds Preview and Predictions
From the Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, UFC 250 early Fight Pass prelims offer an opportunity for mainstays Jussier Formiga and Evan Dunham to remain relevant. Overall, three noteworthy scraps round out the weekend warmup.
Evan Dunham (+190) vs. Herbert Burns (-230)
A hyped star among his 2008 octagon debut, 38-year-old Evan Dunham never fulfilled those early visions. However, after 21 UFC appearances, including seven earned post-fight bonuses, the Oregon native has made his imprint upon the MMA world.
Returning from an almost two year retirement, Dunham seeks Indian summer prosperity beginning with a win over Herbert Burns.
Burns has won four straight, including two high-level finishes under Zuffa lights. Behind seasoned BJJ attacks the ultimate fighting newcomer gained his first TKO recently by hitting a pinpoint knee strike vs. Nate Landwehr.
In and out of competition, Saturday Dunham (18-8-1) will decide if a 22nd UFC ring walk will be enough to cap his legacy.
Meanwhile, at 33, Burns (10-2) aims for another win while grabbing at bigger paydays.
Burns is too much in every area at this point for Dunham. Tyron Woodley showed last weekend how ring rust translates against hungry and active competition. Expect the Brazilian to maul light-fisted Dunham with pressure which will ultimately end in stoppage victory for the lengthier BJJ ace.
Sporting a 3.5 inch reach edge and two inch leg length advantage, blitzing kicks will set up Burns' eighth pro submission.
Herbert Burns by submission
Alonzo Menifield (-222) vs. Devin Clark (+180)
Next, undefeated light heavyweight prospect Alonzo Menifield (9-0) chases another finish to keep all ten of his paid opponents from lasting three rounds. Flashing heavy hands, and a rock solid frame, the Muay Thai practitioner has reeled four opening round stoppages, including two vs. UFC undercard talent.
Halted in all four of his professional losses, octagon vet Devin Clark represents Menifield's toughest matchup. A definite step-up challenger for the fast rising banger, Clark offers decent grappling while his nine-fight octagon experience will either legitimize or expose Menifield.
Side with Menifield to pass his first real test by halting his latest obstacle. Once the 31-year-old Clark takes a few hard overhands, his chin won't withstand the different power from rising Menifield.
This fight shouldn't last more than two frames.
Again, it seems Clark is tailor-made for Menifield's unforgiving power as matchmakers envision larger things from their latest big hitter.
Mennifield wins by TKO
(4) Jussier Formiga (+115) vs. (9)Alex Perez (-135)
Jussier Formiga (23-7)
Having lost two straight opposite 125 lb. elite Joseph Benavidez and Brandon Moreno, Formiga takes a small competition reduction Saturday. After occupying the flyweight division upper rung since its 2011 octagon inception, at 35 aging Formiga appears past prime.
With 15 UFC starts, at 8-7 in that time, the Brazlilian submission maven leans against the proverbial wall on Fight Pass early prelim action.
Alex Perez (23-5)
At 28, well-rounded Alex Perez feels his time is now. Standing 10-1 since 2016, the Team Oyama affiliate has defeated six UFC hopefuls and veterans while only losing vs. Flyweight institution Joseph Benavidez. With four TKOs and seven taps to his credit, expect Perez to ascend the 125 lb. rankings Saturday.
The younger Perez, in a young man's sport, will outshine Formiga while landing leather throughout and winning enough grappling exchanges to outpoint the fading contender.
Perez's youth is definitely the key advantage in Saturday's clash between rated fighters. Also, the Californian realizes downing a tested name will move him one notch closer toward the recently vacated division gold.
Alex Perez wins by decision.
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