UFC on ESPN 13 – Kattar vs. Ige best bets + main card breakdown

First bout on the main card: Abdul Razak vs. Mounir Lazzez at welterweight. Razak has been around in the UFC for a few years and he has finished (100%) of his fights by KO/TKO. Lazzez is as tough as they come but he has not faced an opponent the level of Razak. Lazzez and Razak are both fancy on the feet. I picture this fight finishing on the feet. Rolling with Abdul Razak to win inside the distance (-220)! If you are playing it safe then Razak ML (-340) makes sense. If you are feeling confident then No (Fight Does Not Complete 1 Full Round) (+100).

Second bout on the main card: Taila Santos vs. Molly McCann at flyweight. McCann has been on the right side of the judges scorecards for the last 3 fights. Santos is a well-rounded striker and looks to finish her opponents. Santos is coming off a split-decision loss to Mara Romero Borella but prior to that she was on a 15 fight win streak. I like Taila Santos (-110) ML.

Third bout on the main card: Cody Stamann vs. Jimmie Rivera at bantamweight. This one is going to be a prodigious show no matter how you slice it! Stamann likes to keep pressure on his opponents; finishing competitors by KO/TKO at an (32%) rate over 22 pro fights. Compared to Rivera’s KO/TKO rate at (18%) over 26 pro fights. Stamann will have a height advantage at 3″ and size advantage. A lot of intensity behind this match up. Rivera’s last loss came against new and current Bantamweight Champion Peter Yan, then top contender at bantamweight Aljamin Sterling. Stamann was submitted by Sterling 2 years ago. The bump up in competition has adversely affected Rivera. Stamann has improved winning 2 out of his last three and one ended in a draw. This is a different Stamann from 2018; he is game for a big performance. Feeling comfortable with Cody Stamann (+110) ML here.

Co-main event: Tim Elliott vs Ryan Benoit at flyweight. Tim Elliott has had a fun but choppy career and now fighting the more youthful and muay thai background striker in Ryan Benoit. I see fireworks happening in this one. This will be Elliot’s 3rd fight this year after losing the last two. The fresher Benoit will settle in and use his technique to finish this fight somewhere in the second round. Benoit has finished his opponents by KO/TKO (80%) of the time over the course of 16 pro fights. Compared to Tim Elliott who has finished opponents by KO/TKO (20%) of the time over the course of 27 pro fights. I don’t foresee Elliott’s wrestling being much of a factor. Benoit should be able to win on points or finish Elliott. Rolling with Ryan Benoit (-105) ML here.

Main event: Calvin Kattar vs. Dan Ige at featherweight. This has fight of the night potential! Kattar will have a 4″ height advantage and size advantage. Ige makes up for that with his ability to get inside his past opponents range to land devastating power punches. Ige has a serious ‘punchers chance’ and will give Kattar a run for his money. Kattar has had time to prepare for Ige’s aggressive strategy. I predict Kattar will stick to his game plan and stop Ige from winning by out scoring him. Taking Calvin Kattar (+230) to win by 5 round decision.

*Odds courtesy of Bovada.lv and are subject to change anytime.*

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