Ranked light heavyweight contenders will top the bill on Saturday at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Walker as former title-challenger Thiago Santos faces Johnny Walker in the main event. The main UFC fight card from the Apex facility in Las Vegas is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Santos is a -185 favorite (risk $185 to win $100), while Walker is a +165 underdog (risk $100 to win $165) in the latest UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Walker odds at Caesars Sportsbook.
Before making any picks of your own for Santos vs. Walker and the rest of the UFC Fight Night card, make sure you check out the MMA predictions from SportsLine MMA expert Andrew Gombas.
Gombas is a former NCAA wrestler who taps into his experience on the mat to help understand and dissect the X's and O's of MMA matchups in a manner that sets him apart from other MMA analysts. He started the MMA handicapping service MMA Knockout Bets in 2018 and has shown a profit every year since.
With more than 1,200 selections tracked by the third-party monitoring service Bet MMA, he has shown a 10 percent return on investment for his followers. In 2020, $100 bettors who tailed his picks were up $9,200.
Last week at UFC 266, Gombas went 11-1 to give $100 bettors a profit of nearly $1,000 in one night! Moreover, he hit his top four best bets, including calling a victory Alexander Volkanovski (-175) against Brian Ortega in the wild featherweight main event. A parlay of those selections paid 9-1! Anyone who has followed him is WAY UP!
Now, he has locked in on UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Walker from every angle and released his top selections. A successful parlay of these picks would result in a payout of 10-1!
Gombas knows the 38-year-old Santos (21-9) is an eight-year UFC veteran who has been near the top of the rankings most of his career and has been involved in some of the light heavyweight division's most memorable fights. In July 2019, he pushed former champion Jon Jones for five rounds and became the first opponent to win a scorecard from Jones while dropping a split decision.
Walker (18-5) saw what appeared to be an imminent rise toward a title shot derailed by a pair of losses, but the fellow Brazilian believes he has made enough improvements to join the division's elite and will look for his signature win on Saturday.
For UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Walker, we can tell you Gombas is backing Misha Cirkunov (+145) to pull the upset of Krzysztof Jotko (-165) in a showdown of middleweight prospects.
Gombas has locked in strong picks for Santos vs. Walker and several other bouts on the UFC Fight Night card. He's also backing another fighter to pull a massive upset! You ABSOLUTELY need to see his picks before locking in any UFC Fight Night bets of your own.
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