UFC 279 Diaz Vs Ferguson: Prelims Odds, Predictions, Picks


UFC 279 Prelims

Hakeem Dawodu vs Julian Erosa – Featherweight Division

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“Mean” Hakeem Dawodu TALE OF THE TAPE Julian “Juicy J” Erosa 31 Age 33 5’8″ (173cm) Height 6’1″ (185cm) 72.0″ (183cm) Reach 74.5″ (189cm) Canada Nation United States Champion’s Creed Martial Arts Team Yakima MMA Unranked Rank Unranked 13-2-1 Record 27-9-0 1 Win Current Streak 2 Wins -215 BET NOW

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“Mean” Hakeem Dawodu has gone an impressive 6-2 so far in the UFC and defeated very formidable opponents along the way such as Kyle Bochniak, Julio Arce and Zubaira Tukhugov. He has suffered only two losses in his professional career, both occurring during his time with the UFC.

His debut loss to the promotion was via guillotine choke against Danny Henry. His second loss, and his most recent one, came through a unanimous decision to Movsar Eloev.

Most of Dawodu’s UFC victories have been based on judges’ decisions. There has been three split decisions, three unanimous decisions and one unanimous decision in the UFC so far.

Julian “Juicy J” Erosa head kicked his way into the UFC with a second round knockout win over Jamall Emmers on the contender series in 2018, but has since had a mixed bag of results ever since joining the promotion. Erosa began his UFC career with three losses. He lost to Grant Dawson, Devonte Smith and Julio Arce before being finally cut by UFC.

After winning the first round of a regional bout, Erosa was unable to win and lost three times. “Juicy J”, however, returned to winning ways. He defeated Sean Woodson in Round 3 and Nate Landwehr in Round 4. In his two last fights, Eros beat Charles Jourdain by D’Arce choke. Steven Peterson won via split decision.

Our Picks

Hakeem Dawodu to win by Split or Majority Decision (+700)

Jailton Almeida vs Anton Turkalj – 220 Lbs Catchweight Bout

Jailton “Malhadinho” Almeida TALE OF THE TAPE Anton “The Pleasure Man” Turkalj 31 Age 26 6’3″ (191cm) Height 6’4″ (193cm) 79.0″ (201cm) Reach 78.0″ (198cm) Brazil Nation Sweden LG System Team GBG MMA #14 Rank Unranked 16-2-0 Record 8-0-0 11 Wins Current Streak 8 Wins -560 BET NOW

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Jailton Almedia’s eleven fight winning streak seems to have no end in sight and so far during his time in the UFC he has defeated Danilo Marquez and Parker Porter both in the first round. ” Maladinho has won all of his mixed martial arts professional fights by way of finish.

Anton “The Pleasure Man” Turkalj is a very well rounded MMA fighter from Sweden with a variety of different finishes on his resume including two rear naked choke submissions, ground and pound finishes as well as a spinning backfist KO in his most recent fight at Brave CF 50. He makes his UFC debut after beating Acai dos Santos in the first episode of season one’s contender series.

Our Picks

Jailton Almeida to win by Submission in round one (+150)

Dennis Tiuliulin vs Jamie Pickett – Middleweight Division

Dennis Tiuliulin TALE OF THE TAPE Jamie “The Night Wolf” Pickett 34 Age 34 6’1″ (185cm) Height 6’2″ (188cm) 77.0″ (196cm) Reach 80.0″ (203cm) Russia Nation United States Evolve Gym Team Port City Sports Performance Unranked Rank Unranked 10-6-0 Record 13-7-0 1 Loss Current Streak 1 Loss +110 BET NOW

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Dennis Tiuliulin started off his career in his home country of Russia before making an appearance at UAE Warriors 18 where he knocked out Jucelino Ferreira in the first round. Tiuliulin signed for UFC. He faced Aliaskhab Khazir in his first fight, and lost the contest via rear naked choke.

In his first fight for the UFC, Dennis Tiuliulin will take on Jamie Pickett ,

Who is another contest series graduate who will be appearing on this card.

Pickett lost his initial two UFC bouts to Tafon Nachukwi, Jordan Wright and then he won two more fights, defeating Joseph Holmes and Laureano Sternopoli by unanimous decision. Pickett lost his first two UFC fights to Tafon Nchukwi and Jordan Wright. He was then defeated by Kyle Daukaus via D’Arce choke in round one.

Our Picks

Jamie Pickett to win via KO/TKO/DQ in round one (+550)

Jake Collier vs Chris Barnett – Heavyweight Division

Jake “The Prototype” Collier TALE OF THE TAPE Chris “BeastBoy” Barnett 33 Age 36 6’3″ (191cm) Height 5’9″ (175cm) 78.5″ (199cm) Reach 75.0″ (191cm) United States Nation Spain Pat Smith’s Pit Team XFC Unranked Rank Unranked 13-7-0 Record 22-8-0 1 Loss Current Streak 1 Loss -410 BET NOW

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Jake “The Prototype” Collier has had a mixed bag of results since joining the UFC and has followed the trend of losing one fight and winning the next one over and over since all the way back in 2014. Collier won his last fight by winning a rear naked choke over Chase Sherman. He then lost to Andre Arlovski unanimously in round two. If the winning, losing, win, and loss trend continues, Collier will be up for victory in his next fight.

Chris “BeastBoy”, Barnett, has been fighting all over the globe and is known for his entertaining highlights reels.

After a first round KO win over Ahmed Tijani Shehu at UAE Warriors 13, Barnett was finally signed to the UFC.

His debut was a disaster as he lost to Ben Rothwell by Guillotine choke during round 2.

Barnetts next fight however would absolutely skyrocket his popularity among UFC fans as he knocked out Gian Villante with a spinning heel kick in round two at UFC 268. “BeastBoys'” last UFC fight ended in disaster. Martin Buday scored a knockout on Barnett’s head. Buday was then awarded the win via technical decision.

Our Picks

Jake Collier to win by Unanimous Decision (+165)

UFC 279 Early Prelims

Norma Dumont vs Danyelle Wolf – Women’s Featherweight Division

Norma “The Immortal” Dumont TALE OF THE TAPE Danyelle Wolf 31 Age 39 5’7″ (169cm) Height 5’11” (180cm) 67.0″ (170cm) Reach 70.0″ (178cm) Brazil Nation United States Gordin Fight Team Team Alliance MMA #15 Rank Unranked 7-2-0 Record 1-0-0 1 Loss Current Streak 1 Win -390 BET NOW

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Number fifteen ranked Women’s featherweight fighter Norma “The Immortal” Dumont started off her mixed martial arts career in her home country of Brazil, winning all her regional fights at Jungle Fight, Federacao Fight, and Shooto Brazil. Dumont lost her UFC debut to Megan Anderson. However, she went on to win the next three bouts against Felicia Spencer, Ashlee Evans Smith, and Aspen Ladd unanimously.

In her latest UFC bout, Norma Dumot lost by a split decision to Macy Chiasson.

Danyelle Wolf is a pro boxer who recently made the switch to mixed martial arts when she defeated Taneisha Tennant in her first ever MMA fight on the contender series in 2020.

Wolf has a pro boxing record of 27-14-0 and has taken over a year off to continue honing her skills in MMA in preparation for this fight.

Our Picks

Norma Dumont to win by Submission in round one (+750)

Chad Anheliger vs Heili Alateng – Bantamweight Division

Chad “The Monster” Anheliger TALE OF THE TAPE “The Mongolian Murderer” Heili Alateng 35 Age 30 5’6″ (168cm) Height 5’5″ (165cm) 64.0″ (163cm) Reach 66.5″ (169cm) Canada Nation China Champion’s Creed Martial Arts Team Fight Ready MMA Unranked Rank Unranked 12-5-0 Record 15-8-2 10 Wins Current Streak 1 Win +145 BET NOW

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Chad Anheliger first started off his mixed martial arts journey with a two fight losing streak, and his other three losses also came very early in his career. HTML2_ “The Monster” is currently on a ten-fight winning streak.

In 2021, Anheliger made an appearance on the contender series and defeated Muin Gafurov via split decision.

The Canadian fighter made his UFC debut in February. He defeated Jesse Strader by ground-and-pound knockout.

Meanwhile, Heili Alateng (AKA “The Mongolian Murderer”) started his UFC career by winning two consecutive fights over Ryan Benoit and Batgerel Danaa before succumbing to Casey Kenney in a unanimous decision. Alateng lost his next fight to Gustavo Lopez. He won the fight via knockout.

Our Picks

Heili Alateng to win by Unanimous Decision (+180)

Melissa Martinez vs Elise Reed – Women’s Strawweight Division

Melissa “Super Melly” Martinez TALE OF THE TAPE Elise Reed 25 Age 29 5’2″ (157cm) Height 5’3″ (160cm) 64.0″ (163cm) Reach 63.0″ (160cm) Mexico Nation United States Bonebreakers Team Team Kickside Martial Arts Unranked Rank Unranked 7-0-0 Record 5-2-0 8 Wins Current Streak 1 Loss -180 BET NOW

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Melissa “Super Melly” Martinez enters this bout after a three year lay off due to multiple of her fights being cancelled in recent years. The young Mexican strawweight has been winning eight of her fights, which she plans to continue with nine wins against Elise Reed.

Elise Reed vacated the CFFC title to sign with UFC. However, she lost her first fight to Sijara Eubanks by ground-and-pound TKO round 1. Reed’s UFC debut ended with a split victory over Corey McKenna. San Hughes lost the third round via a TKO.

Our Picks

Melissa Martinez to win via KO/TKO/DQ in round one (+700)

Darian Weeks vs Yohan Lainesse – Welterweight Division

Darian Weeks TALE OF THE TAPE Yohan “White Lion” Lainesse 28 Age 30 5’11” (180cm) Height 6’1″ (185cm) 72.0″ (183cm) Reach 76.0″ (193cm) United States Nation Canada Hulett House MMA Team Brazilian Top Team Canada Unranked Rank Unranked 5-2-0 Record 8-1-0 2 Losses Current Streak 1 Loss -120 BET NOW

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Darian Weeks put together five wins in a row before making his UFC debut, but has since lost both of his fights in the promotion. He lost to Bryan Barberena in the UFC’s debut bout.

Yohan “White Lion” Lainesse had a winning streak of seven fights before he made an appearance on the contender series. He defeated Justin Burlinson by knockout in round one. Lainesse suffered a terrible UFC debut when he was defeated by Gabe Green.

Our Picks

Yohan Lainesse to win via KO/TKO/DQ in round one (+600)

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UFC 279 Information Event UFC 279: Diaz vs Ferguson Location T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Date / Time Saturday 9th September 2022 – 6PM ET How to watch ESPN, ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass, Pay Per View

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