Blaydes Rolls, Vera Crushes, JJ Is Live, And Formiga Should Be The Favorite At UFC Nashville

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 1:55 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2019 1:55 PM UTC

A underrated betting card holds surprising value. UFC Nashville has some overpriced favorites leading to VERY live underdogs.

Curtis Blaydes vs Justin Willis

Marlon Vera vs Frankie Saenz

Free UFC Pick: Blaydes + Vera

Best Line Offered: Bookmaker +122

Curtis Blaydes is perfect in his UFC career if not for 2 losses to the same man. The only human to defeat Blaydes in combat is the future heavyweight GOAT Francis Ngannou. The rematch between Blaydes and Ngannou served to be a bounce back for Ngannou however Blaydes was not out cold like most men are after taking shots from Francis. In fact it looked as though he was still well aware of his circumstances and attempting to fight back and recover. I am not saying it was an early stoppage, we have seen what happens when Francis is allowed to continue pounding on somebody but Blaydes chin is prove simply by staying standing and he has been a wrecking ball against any other fighter than Francis. His price at -283 is justified.

Marlon Vera is in his prime while Frankie Saenz is getting ever closer to 40 which seems to be the magic number for even the best fighters in UFC history to lost their battle with Father Time. Saenz has been relatively unimpressive in his last 5 dropping 3 in a row before rebounding in a split decision win over UFC newcomer Merab Dvalishvili and then defeating Enrique Briones who is currently on a 4 fight losing streak. The UFC appears to be trying to use Saenz as a stepping stone for other fighters to get on track or get started and he has foiled them so far. Vera is rolling winning his last two fights inside the distance and I think he likely finishes Saenz.

JJ Aldrich vs Maycee Barber

Free UFC Pick: JJ Aldrich

Best Line Offered: Pinnacle +195

JJ Aldrich has been constantly underrated in her MMA career. She is 7-2 and has the task of 6-0 Maycee Barber in front of her. Maycee is young and explosive with solid power for a woman her size. She is just 20 years old and ever evolving in her young MMA career, but she impressively dispatched Hannah Cifers in her first UFC fight. Cifers it is worth noting was a late replacement in that fight. JJ has been working with Raquel Pennington which is excellent news for this fight as Raquel knows her way around the wrestling game in MMA. JJ is a solid striker who knows how to control distance and I think she will use some veteran savvy to fluster and frustrate the young Barber.

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Solid work this am with @JJAldrich1 🥊👊🏼 #teamrocky #teamaldrich #ufc #wmma

— Raquel Pennington (@RockyPMMA) February 27, 2019

Jussier Da Silva vs Deiveson Figueiredo

Free UFC Pick: Jussier Da Silva

Best Line Offered: Pinnacle +135

Jussier “Formiga” Da Silva is being underrated in this fight against Deiveson Figueiredo due to Deiveson’s impressive 13-0 record. Formiga however has only lost twice in his last 6 dating back to 2015. The two losses were to current champion Henry Cejudo and Ray Borg who was top 5 in the division. Nobody in this game stays perfect and I think Formiga is being overlooked because Deiveson has been flashy out the gate. I think we roll the dice here on Formiga and lean on his top tier experience for him to pull out a win against a hot young prospect.

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