The UFC is back in Las Vegas this weekend as EdmenShahbazyan takes on Derek Brunson in a key middleweight contest. There are quite a few interesting matchups on the card, let’s take a look at the salaries.
Edmen Shahbazyan $9100 – Since Shahbazyan has entered the UFC he is a guy that I think has improved with each fight. He’s a very technical striker that makes good decisions and is also very patient. His ground game is somewhat unproven even though he had a submission win against Jack Marshman and he did have eight takedowns in his debut against Darren Stewart. Shahbazyan is a well-rounded guy, but this is no question his toughest test to date. Derek Brunson is known for leaving his chin on a silver platter, but he’s also known for his wrestling and his power. Brunson has put together two consecutive wins, and if he can stick to his wrestling game he can make it interesting. I’ll have quite a bit of Shahbazyan lineups, but I will also have Brunson in a few. Keep in mind while this is the main event it is only a 3-round fight due to the original main event being postponed.
Ray Borg $9000 – Borg is at a size disadvantage in this one, but I really like the striking I’ve seen from Borg in his past two fights. I like him to get back on track here and I think he can get it done on the feet and possibly get a finish. Even though Borg has lost two in a row, I have seen some bright spots in his game to where I think he could put on a really good performance. If he doesn’t make weight, he might be better off in this spot.
Kevin Holland $8900 – Here we go again, taking the guy that has the potential to be a very special fighter but also can make some really questionable decisions. Let’s just say if Holland was above 9k I would probably just stay away, but he should seriously be able to accumulate a decent amount of points against Trevin Giles.
Timur Valiev $8400 – Valiev opened close to around -200 and has been bet down to -160 or so. I don’t know why because I don’t think Jamal Emmers poses any sort of threat to Valiev. Valiev is a seasoned mixed martial artist with a well-rounded game. He probably should have been signed with the UFC a while ago, but he’s finally here and what you will see is the many paths to victory. His grappling and striking are very solid, and he could very well get either a submission or knockout win here.
Randy Brown $7400 – I think Randy Brown has really improved and added a lot to his game over the past year or two, and I think he matches up well with Vicente Luque. He’ll have a significant reach advantage, and if he fights a smart fight like his victory over Brian Barbarena he can get the job done. It’s a tall task as Luque is both a threat on the feet and on the ground, but he’s also extremely hittable and has taken a ton of damage. In Luque’s last 5 fights (since February of 2019) he has taken a considerable amount of strikes, 529 total to be exact. The win over Derrick Krantz he absorbed just 6, so just think about the other 4. Not only is it a lot of damage but they are all within a year and a half. I like Brown to pull off the upset win here either decision or stoppage.
Good luck and enjoy the fights!!!