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UFC 258 Prelim Card
Gillian Robertson and Miranda Maverick open up the card with women’s flyweight action. Despite just one UFC fight under her belt, Maverick is the slight favorite over the more experienced Robertson.
Gabe Green battles Philip Rowe in a welterweight clash. It’s a close matchup but oddsmakers are giving the slight edge to Green despite losing to Daniel Rodriguez in his UFC debut.
Ricky Simon meets Brian Kelleher in an intriguing bantamweight contest. Simon has bounced back after back-to-back losses and is now a two-fight winning streak. With his overall experience and level of opponents sees him being a comfortable favorite over Kelleher.
There is also women's strawweight action as Polyana Viana takes on Mallory Martin. Martin is coming off a submission win over Hannah Cifers and should make it two wins in a row against the Brazilian.
Belal Muhammad returns to action as he takes on Dhiego Lima. Muhammad is on a three-fight winning streak with his most recent outing being a unanimous decision win over Lyman Good. While Lima is also on a three-fight winning streak, expect Muhammad to come out on top.
Middleweights collide as the undefeated Rodolfo Vieira clashes with Anthony Hernandez. Vieira is 2-0 in the UFC and is a heavy favorite to make it 3-0 against Hernandez who last lost to Kevin Holland in May.
Oh, what a treat for old UFC fans as Jim Miller and Bobby Green face off in a lightweight bout that could have happened seven years ago if not for injury for the latter. Both fighters are coming off losses, however, Green should pick up the win, having most recently been on a three-fight winning streak last year. This is likely one of the last times we will Miller in the Octagon
UFC 259 Main Card
Maki Pitolo (13-7) vs. Julian Marquez (7-2)
Middleweights in Maki Pitolo and Julian Marquez open up the UFC 258 main card. Pitolo will be looking to return to the win column after losing two in a row. He suffered a submission defeat to Darren Stewart in August last year before getting outpointed by Impa Kasanganay later that month.
Marquez, meanwhile, hasn't competed since July 2018 when he was outpointed by Alessio Di Chirico which ended a five-fight winning streak for him. Despite the inactivity, he is favored to inflict a third loss on Pitolo.
Andre Ewell (17-6) vs. Chris Gutierrez (15-3-2)
Andre Ewell and Chris Gutierrez will look to maximize their opportunity as their catchweight bout has been promoted to the main card following the removal of the Jimmie Rivera vs. Pedro Munhoz fight. Ewell is on a two-fight winning streak following split decision wins over Jonathan Martinez and Irwin Rivera.
Gutierrez, on the other hand, is unbeaten in four though his latest outing was a unanimous decision draw against Cody Durden in August. Regardless, he is expected to come out on top against Ewell and make five it unbeaten.
Kelvin Gastelum (16-6, 1NC) vs. Ian Heinisch (14-3)
Kelvin Gastelum takes on Ian Heinisch in a middleweight encounter which could be a potential barnburner. Gastelum -- a former title challenger -- is on a three-fight losing streak following setbacks against Israel Adesanya, Darren Till and most recently a stunning submission to Jack Hermansson. He will be desperate to return to the win column as well as title contention with a statement victory.
Heinisch recently snapped a losing streak of his own after a TKO win over Gerald Meerschaert in June. He was previously outpointed by Derek Brunson and Omari Akhmedov. However, oddsmakers are siding with Gastelum to get the win as he is a comfortable favorite over Heinisch and should emerge victorious.
Maycee Barber (8-1) vs. Alexa Grasso (12-3)
The co-main event features the return of Maycee Barber as she faces Alexa Grasso in women’s flyweight action. Barber’s hopes of becoming the youngest UFC champion ever took a slight blow following a unanimous decision defeat to Roxanne Modafferi in a contest that saw her tear her ACL early on.
After undergoing surgery and being on the sidelines for over a year, “The Future” will finally return this weekend as she will look to bounce back from her first professional defeat.
She won’t face an easy task in Grasso, however, who is coming off a unanimous decision win over Ji Yeon Kim. The Mexican is known for her excellent boxing and will undoubtedly be the toughest opponent of Barber’s professional career. Unfortunately for Barber, oddsmakers see her losing a second fight in a row with Grasso being a slight favorite over the 22-year-old.
Kamaru Usman (17-1) vs. Gilbert Burns (19-3)
The main event sees an intriguing welterweight title clash take place between current champion Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns. The matchup was initially expected to take place in July but Burns was forced to pull out following a positive COVID-19 test.
It was then expected to take place at UFC 256 in December only for Usman to require more time before he could compete. Luckily, the third time is seemingly the charm as there’s only a few days to go for them to finally collide.
Burns is on a hot streak since moving up to welterweight. He has won four in a row since making the move up while he has also won his last six overall. His most recent outing saw him completely dominate former welterweight champion Tyron Woodey in May. Before that, he TKO'd Demian Maia and outpointed Gunnar Nelson on his way to the top of the ranks.
As for Usman, he would go on to face Jorge Masvidal on short notice at UFC 251 following the removal of Burns. However, it was not an impressive showing that resulted in a unanimous decision win for the champion. However, it did made it 12 straight wins for “The Nigerian Nightmare” since debuting in the UFC in 2015.
Usman’s fight with Burns promises to be an entertaining on, especially with the latter’s prowess on the ground in addition to the fact that they were former teammates who have sparred with each other a countless number of times and know each other’s tricks.
But despite the jiu-jitsu threat from Burns, Usman will likely look to push the action and take the fight to the ground when the opportunity presents itself to dominate the Brazilian there. Oddsmakers are picking the champ as a comfortable favorite to retain his title, and no reason to bet against that.