Amanda Nunes will defend her UFC featherweight title against Felicia Spencer in the main event of UFC 250 on Saturday, the main event among 12 fights set to take place at UFC Apex.
Cody Garbrandt will also return after more than 14 months on the sidelines and is hoping to end a three-loss skid against Raphael Assuncao, in a rut of his own following back-to-back defeats.
Aljamain Sterling’s clash against Cory Sandhagen promises to entertain, while “Sugar” Sean O’Malley hopes to extend his unbeaten 11-0 record as major favorite against Eddie Wineland.
The early preliminary card also features a catchweight clash between Evan Dunham and Herbert Burns, the younger brother of UFC welterweight championship contender Gilbert.
UFC 250 Info
- Date: Saturday, June 6
- Venue: UFC Apex (Las Vegas, Nevada)
- Free Bets & Betting Odds for NJ: bet365
- Early Prelims: 6:15 p.m. ET (11:15 p.m. BST)
- Prelims: 8 p.m. ET (1 a.m. BST)
- Main Card: 10 p.m. ET (3 a.m. BST)
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Prelims UFC 250 Odds & Predictions:
- Chase Hooper (-155) vs. Alex Caceres (+130)
- Ian Heinisch (-135) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (+115)
- Cody Stamann (-260) vs. Brian Kelleher (+210)
- Charles Byrd (-170) vs. Maki Pitolo (+145)
Chase Hooper vs. Alex Caceres Predictions
Odds: Chase Hooper (-155) vs. Alex Caceres (+130). Betting Prediction: Hooper via submission
It will take a sterling effort from UFC journeyman Alex Caceres to stop the surge of featherweight prospect Chase Hooper, who boasts an unbeaten 9-0-1 record and won in his UFC debut in December.
There couldn’t be much more of a gulf in experience between the 20-year-old and Caceres (15-12), a former contender on The Ultimate Fighter who earned his promotion debut back in March 2011.
“Bruce Leeroy” won his last fight against Steven Peterson but hasn’t booked back-to-back victories since 2016, and a two-inch advantage in height and reach should put Hooper in good stead for the win.
Ian Heinisch vs. Gerald Meerschaert Predictions
Odds: Ian Heinisch (-135) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (+115). Prediction: Meerschaert via split decision
One fight not to be overlooked on the preliminary card sees Ian Heinisch chase a bounce-back victory against Gerald Meerschaert after losing each of his previous two fights via unanimous decision.
The all-American encounter has Meerschaert enter as a +115 (2.15) dark horse, which could be the value pick on paper considering each of his last two losses—each via split decision—were debatable results.
Meerschaert (30-12) has more than twice as many professional fights as Heinisch (13-3) despite being only one year older than his foe, and “The Machine” could hand his striker opponent a third straight loss.
Cody Stamann vs. Brian Kelleher Predictions
Odds: Cody Stamann (-260) vs. Brian Kelleher (+210). Prediction: Stamann via unanimous decision
The first of four bantamweight duels on the UFC 250 card brings Cody Stamann (18-2-1) into close contact with Brian “Boom” Kelleher, who’s hunting three successive wins for the first time in his UFC career.
Kelleher, 33, responded well after losing back-to-back fights in 2018, submitting Ode Osbourne in January before knocking out Hunter Azure only three months ago on May 13.
The quick turnaround could work in his favor entering a third matchup in 2020, but Stamann—whose four UFC wins have all come via decision—should be too classy for Kelleher.
Charles Byrd vs. Maki Pitolo Predictions
Odds: Charles Byrd (-170) vs. Maki Pitolo (+145). Prediction: Byrd via TKO
Two of the best nicknames in MMA will collide when Maki “Coconut Bombz” Pitolo attempts to make a successful jump up to middleweight against Charles “Kid Dynamite” Byrd.
It’s a tricky result to pick considering both fighters—each of whom have graduated from Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series—pack knockout power, but Byrd looks the more rounded asset on paper.
Kid Dynamite (10-6) won on his UFC debut in March 2018 but has lost two on the bounce since then, while Pitolo is still seeking his first win in the promotion after losing his debut to Callan Potter this past October.
Early Prelims Odds & Predictions for UFC 250
- Alex Perez (-150) vs. Jussier Formiga (+125)
- Alonzo Menifield (-240) vs. Devin Clark (+200)
- Herbert Burns (-240) vs. Evan Dunham (+200)
Alex Perez vs. Jussier Formiga Predictions
Alex Perez (-150) vs. Jussier Formiga (+125). Prediction: Formiga via split decision
Jussier Formiga (23-7) comes off second-best with the bookmakers ahead of his meeting with Alex Perez, but his +125 (2.25) price only tells part of the story.
Three of Perez’s five career losses have come via submission against higher-level grapplers, and the Californian has in the past had struggles getting down to the flyweight limit of 125lbs.
Formiga is out of form after losing to Joseph Benavidez (via TKO) and Brandon Moreno (unanimous decision) in his last two fights—though both those opponents are currently in the top three of the flyweight rankings.
Alonzo Menifield vs. Devin Clark Predictions
UFC 250 Odds: Alonzo Menifield (-240) vs. Devin Clark (+200). Prediction: Menifield via KO
Light heavyweight Alonzo Menifield (9-0) has garnered a lot of attention since he knocked out Dashawn Boatwright inside eight seconds on the Tuesday Night Contender Series to earn his UFC contract. He’s fought twice for the promotion since then but is still yet to venture outside the first round, and Devin Clark looks vulnerable considering each of his four career losses have been stopped early.
Menifield, 32, is set to return to the octagon after almost a year’s absence having seen two bouts cancelled in the past seven months. Clark got the decision win over Dequan Townsend last time out in February, though his advantage in fight freshness may not be enough to stop Menifield, who leads as the -240 (1.42) favorite.
Herbert Burns vs. Evan Dunham Predictions
Odds: Herbert Burns (-240) vs. Evan Dunham (+200). Prediction: Burns via submission
Dunham and Burns were the last additions to the UFC 250 card at a catchweight of 150lbs, with the latter looking to follow sibling Gilbert to victory after he beat Tyron Woodley less than one week ago.
Burns (10-2) already has a win in 2020—when he knocked Nate Landwehr out with a flying knee in his official UFC debut—whereas Dunham only recently returned from a retirement that lasted a little more than 18 months.
The only submission loss of Dunham’s career came against UFC star Donald Cerrone back in 2013, but he could add to that tally considering seven of Burns’ nine total wins have come via that method.
Table of Contents
- Chase Hooper vs. Alex Caceres Predictions
- Ian Heinisch vs. Gerald Meerschaert Predictions
- Cody Stamann vs. Brian Kelleher Predictions
- Charles Byrd vs. Maki Pitolo Predictions
- Alex Perez vs. Jussier Formiga Predictions
- Alonzo Menifield vs. Devin Clark Predictions
- Herbert Burns vs. Evan Dunham Predictions
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