Best bets for UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan

    Reed Kuhn is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and strategy and analytics consultant. He is the author of “Fightnomics: The Hidden Numbers and Science in Mixed Martial Arts,” the first book to quantify drivers and performance metrics in combat sports.

July was all about Fight Island, but in August the UFC is back on home turf in Las Vegas. And that means five straight weeks of action at the UFC Apex, which features a smaller Octagon.

Saturday’s Fight Night card appears relatively deep despite losing its originally planned main event — Holly Holm vs. Irene Aldana. Instead, top-10 middleweights Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan will close the show, while women’s flyweight contenders Joanne Calderwood and Jennifer Maia will fight in the co-main event. Indeed, Saturday’s card has undergone the typical last-minute pandemic reworks. But we’re still left with plenty of matchups to consider.

Prelims begin at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+, and the main card starts at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.

Middleweight main event: No. 9 Edmen Shahbazyan (-325) vs. No. 8 Derek Brunson (+265)

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