UFC on Fox 28 happens this weekend in Orlando, where a total of 13 fights are scheduled, including these four fights in the main card. Read on for a preview of these main card bouts below and remember to register for odds updates.
Betting Preview for UFC on Fox 28 – Headlined by Josh Emmet vs Jeremy Stephens
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
When: Saturday, February 24, 8:00PM EST
Line: Emmet (+130) vs Stephens (-160) –view all UFC on FOX lines
TV Broadcast: Fox
Josh Emmett (+130) vs. Jeremy Stephens (-160)
Just a little over two months removed from knocking out Ricardo Lamas in the first round of a match during UFC on Fox 26, Josh Emmett is set to get back into the octagon, this time he is looking to exchange devastating blows with Jeremy Stephens. Owner of a 13-1-0 record, Emmett is looking to win his third win in a row, and possibly a title fight. Prior to sending Lamas to sleep, Emmett earned a three-round unanimous decision over Felipe Arantes back in October of last year. Stephens, on the other hand, is a heavy-handed due that is always on the hunt for a knockout. In fact, 17 of his wins in his 26-14-0 record ended in knockouts, including two via submission. Like Emmett, Stephens is on a two-fight unbeaten streak. He knocked out Doohoo Choi in the second round of a headline bout in UFC Fight Night 124 last January and scored a unanimous decision win over Gilbert Melendez in September.
WRITER’S PREDICTION: Stephens flattens Emmett in the second round.
Tecia Torres (+240) vs Jessica Andrade (-320)
Ranked second in the women’s strawweight division, Jessica Andrade (17-6-0) is looking to destroy her second straight opponent this Saturday. Andrade is the heavy favorite to win against Tecia Torres, who will be facing someone who fought in a title bout no too long ago. Andrade, 26, took then champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk to the hill in an undercard bout last May, losing via a five-round unanimous decision. Andrade bounced back by reeling in a unanimous decision win of her own against Claudia Gadelha in September. Torres is fifth in the division’s rankings, but she does not have any shortage of confidence. She is on a three-fight win streak, all of which had gone the distance. Torres is used to fighting until the final bell, as she has nine wins by decision, meaning her cardio is not going to be problem. She’s up against a more experienced fighter so patience and her endurance will be big factors this Saturday against Andrade, who likes to take the fight to the mat. Torres (10-0-1) only has one loss so far in his pro career.
WRITER’S PREDICTION: Torres scores an upset with a split decision win over Andrade.
Ilir Latifi (-105) vs Ovince Saint Preux (-125)
This fight was supposed to happen during UFC on Fox 27, but got deferred to UFC on Fox 28 because of an injury to Ilir Latifi two weeks prior to their original fight date. Nevertheless, the match will push through this Saturday in Ovince Saint Preux’s native state. (Saint Preux is from Immokalee, Florida). Saint Preux is an exciting fighter who has won Performer of the Night honors in both of his last two fights; he devastated Corey Anderson last November on his way to a third-round TKO win and forced Yushin Okami into submission in the first round of their fight in September. Saint Preux owns a 22-10-0 record, and has 11 wins by knockout and six by submission. Latifi, on the other hand, is 14-5-0 with one no-contest fight. He has won four of his last five fights, but he has fought just once last year, which was a three-round unanimous decision win over Tyson Pedro in UFC 215. That lack of activity and a recent injury are significant reasons to doubt Latifi in his meeting with Saint Preux, but the latter can’t be too confident, as the 34-year-old Swedish Latifi has eight first-round finishes.
WRITER’S PREDICTION: Saint Preux makes his home state proud with a knockout win.
Max Griffin (+270) vs. Mike Perry (-350)
Max Griffin (11-2-0) is looking to pick up the pieces after a bitter unanimous loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio in December. Before that, Griffin had back-to-back knockout wins over Alex Reyes and Jake Ellenberger. Griffin has landed 44 percent of his strikes in the octagon with 76 percent of this shots coming when he was on his feet. Mike Perry is a big underdog against Griffin, mainly because he is just 1-2 in the UFC. That said, the 32-year-old Griffin is 13-4 overall in his pro career, and has five wins in less than a minute. He also has seven victories by way of submission.
WRITER’S PREDICTION: Mike Griffin takes home a win via a knockout.
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