The last PPV of 2021 is happening Saturday night from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Headlining the card is a matchup for the UFC Lightweight title. Champion Charles “Do Bronx” Oliviera takes on former interim champion Dustin Poirier. In addition, the women’s bantamweight title is also on the line as Amanda Nunes takes on Julianna Peña. This card is loaded, to say the least; let’s look at some fighters to target.
There are a lot of decent options above 9k. Nunes is a no-brainer, and I think she’ll be massively owned, so if you want to be different and save a little cash, I think Randy Costa is a solid option at 9k. Costa is a serious striker that is a proven finisher. He’s 2-2 in the UFC, with all of his wins coming from 1st round stoppage. Costa even had a lot of success against Adrian Yanez early on, tagging Yanez repeatedly in the 1st round. I don’t think Tony Kelley has anything to offer here, and I see this staying on the feet and Costa getting another 1st round finish.
Others to consider: Bruno Silva
Ryan Hall $8900 – Hall is the better overall fighter here. He’s actually the better striker, and he’ll use his length to pick Minner apart until they engage in the clinch and it goes to the ground. Hall’s jiu-jitsu is levels above Minner’s, and Minner’s cardio will be a huge factor in Hall getting a submission win. This will be a fun fight, but Hall will eventually see Hall getting a submission in the later stages of round 1 or round 2 via heel hook.
Cody Garbrandt $8700 – I don’t think Cody will be highly owned, and this is a big step down for him. Cody’s hands and boxing were some of that fastest at 135…he’s going to be scary at flyweight if that chin holds up.
Others to consider: Andre Muniz
Raulian Paiva is a live dog, in my opinion, and he’ll be in some lineups. My favorite dog on the slate, without question the slate is Charles Oliveira ($7600). In my opinion, he’s favored in this matchup because he’s beat McGregor twice and has a win over Justin Gaethje. In my opinion, Olivieira should be a slight favorite. He’s the better wrestler, better grappler, and the longer fighter will keep it competitive on the feet. I honestly don’t see this being close as Do Bronx has multiple paths here. I believe that Oliveira will get the body lock and get this to the mat and eventually find a finish. I have no idea how he’s the underdog here, but he’ll be the one with his hand raised in the end when it’s all said and done.
Best of luck with your lineups, and enjoy the fights!!!