The new Bantamweight generation meets the old guard this Saturday (July 24, 2021) when top-ranked contender, Cory Sandhagen (No. 2), squares off against returning former champion, T.J. Dillashaw, in the classic stomping grounds of UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also at 135 pounds, rising contender Aspen Ladd ends a lengthy layoff against The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winner Macy Chiasson and Kyler “Matrix” Phillips looks to keep his win streak alive against lethal Brazilian puncher Raulian Paiva.
UFC Vegas 32 figures to be a pretty darn violent evening, so let’s get some money involved and see what happens ...
What Went Wrong at UFC Vegas 31?
Aside from Miles Johns’ fight collapsing just hours from showtime (details here), everything else went off without a hitch. Admittedly, Rodrigo Nascimento gave us a scare, but we came out on top.
UFC Vegas 32 Odds For The Undercard:
Brendan Allen (-115) vs. Punahele Soriano (-105)
Ian Heinisch (-150) vs. Nassourdine Imavov (+130)
Adrian Yanez (-220) vs. Randy Costa (+180)
Julio Arce (-190) vs. Andre Ewell (+165)
Hannah Goldy (-120) vs. Diana Belbita (EVEN)
Sijara Eubanks (-310) vs. Elise Reed (+255)
Thoughts: Yeah, I can work with this. Punahele Soriano and Adrian Yanez are the undercard picks of choice this week.
I’ll be the first to acknowledge that Soriano’s still pretty untested; Oskar Piechota and Dusko Todorovic are talented, sure, but they’re considerably less than the sum of their parts. Allen is more proven, a better offensive striker, and a superior offensive wrestler than either of them. Critically, however, he’s also easy to hit, and Soriano’s left hand is more than sufficient to shut the lights out.
In short, put a bit on the Hawaiian, who I see scoring an early finish.
Randy Costa is going to get the firefight he wants from Yanez, but it’s not going to go his way. Yanez has a concrete slab for a chin, dynamite in his hands, and far sharper boxing than the brawl-happy Costa. While “The Zohan” could very well just spark him out of nowhere, Yanez has too much going his way for me to ignore.
A bit on Julio Arce might work out, too. Andre Ewell has not panned out the way I hoped he would, and while Arce’s layoff worries me a bit, his kickboxing and wrestling skills look sufficient to exploit the flaws that “Mr. Highlight” has yet to correct.
UFC Vegas 32 Odds For The Main Card:
Cory Sandhagen (-190 ) vs. T.J. Dillashaw (+165)
Aspen Ladd (-175) vs. Macy Chiasson (+155)
Kyler Phillips (-265) vs. Raulian Paiva (+225)
Darrick Minner (-155) vs. Darren Elkins (+135)
Miranda Maverick (-130) vs. Maycee Barber (+130)
Jordan Williams (-165) vs. Mickey Gall (+145)
Thoughts: I really like the looks of Miranda Maverick and Jordan Williams, and there could be some value in Aspen Ladd as well.
It’s worth remembering that Maycee Barber is still just 23 years old and lost to a highly skilled fighter in Alexa Grasso last time out. At the same time, Maverick just seems all wrong for her. “The Future’s” success largely revolves around her takedowns, which Maverick’s wrestling pedigree remove from the equation, and the latter’s no slouch on the feet, either.
Jordan Williams has everything he needs to beat Mickey Gall to a pulp: solid wrestling, big power, an indestructible chin and a quality gas tank. So long as he manages the cut to 170 pounds alright, which shouldn’t be a huge issue considering how undersized he was at Middleweight, I see him running over Gall the way Mike Perry and others did before.
As far as Ladd, I’m just not hugely impressed with Chiasson’s development. Though Chiasson is gigantic for the weight, her issues with takedown defense and her still-developing striking seem to play right into Ladd’s hands. I definitely expect Ladd to out-work her, so be sure you’re in position to profit.
UFC Vegas 32 Best Bets:
- Parlay — Punahele Soriano and Julio Arce: Bet $100 to make $198
- Parlay — Adrian Yanez and Aspen Ladd: Bet $120 to make $154.80
- ParlayMiranda Maverick and Jordan Williams: Bet $100 to make $184
All signs point to UFC Vegas 32 producing some wild outcomes, so be sure you don’t miss ‘em. See you Saturday, Maniacs.
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