Last Updated on February 1, 2024 12:37 pm by Erwin Noguera
After an exciting numbered event that saw a title change its holder, it’s time for the UFC Fight Night to make a trip back to Las Vegas and right into the Apex, as we get ready to watch an exciting clash between middleweight talents once Roman Dolidze and Nassourdine Imanov face on the Octagon this Saturday Night.
The main event for this card pits two exciting and talented fighters who are going up against each other, to see who will be the one to push forth and possibly achieve title contention soon, as the newly crowned king awaits a challenger.
On the Co-main event, we get a Lightweight fight and possible banger between Renato Moicano and Drew Dober, who will be bringing it into the octagon to give us one more entertaining contest in the career of two veterans.
Besides two exciting fights to top off the card, we got a ton of international talents filling fights on both the main card and the prelims, which should be able to rack up the hype as we get to the main fights.
You can check all the UFC/MMA bets, the analysis of each fighter, and the final bet you can make in these fights.
UFC Fight Night: Dolidze vs. Imavov Fight Card Odds and Picks – Info
Saturday, February 3rd, at 4:00 pm ET
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UFC Fight Night: Roman Dolidze vs. Nassourdine Imavov
Why Bet on Roman Dolidze?
Roman Dolidze is coming off a competitive defeat against Marvin Vettori with many thinking he should have won the decision but it wasn’t as close on a rewatch. Vettori outstruck him 106-71 at a far higher accuracy (48% to 36%) and Dolidze did nothing to defend leg kicks while plodding forward and throwing telegraphed overhand shots.
While he landed some impactful shots in the first round against his rival, he wilted in the final two rounds, and that could prove problematic again if he doesn’t finish Imavov early.
Why Bet on Nassourdine Imavov?
Imavov’s last fight was ruled a no contest after an accidental clash of heads against Chris Curtis but he was destroying Curtis until that moment. Before that, he lost a decision to former champ Sean Strickland. It was a clear loss for Imavov but was still a competitive fight and it’s impressive that he took the fifth round against a cardio machine like Strickland.
Roman Dolidze vs. Nassourdine Imavov Final Betting Analysis:
Imavov is the better athlete and has a more well-rounded game. However, “The Caucasian” has a toughness and grit that can become a key factor at the higher levels of the sport.
The odds for this bout are close and it will likely be highly competitive on fight night. It could go either way but our UFC predictions see the younger Imavov seeking out a very close unanimous decision win.
UFC Fight Night: Renato Moicano vs. Drew Dober
Why Bet on Renato Moicano?
Renato Moicano started his martial arts journey as a grappler. He got himself a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Alex Leleco. Apart from BJJ, he also earned a black belt in Muay Thai.
Fast-forward to 2017, and he’s decided to become a part of the American Top Team, where he’s been training alongside such elite fighters as Jorge Masvidal, Bo Nickal, Dustin Poirier, and others. The result is that he’s become a well-rounded fighter with fantastic stamina.
Still, Moicano’s No. 1 strongest weapon remains grappling. He’s incredible on the floor, the evidence being that 10 of his 17 wins happened by submission.
Why Bet on Drew Dober?
Drew Dober, even though he’s a fantastic striker, may not be superior to his current opponent in this respect. Dober lands 4.58 significant strikes a minute, while Moicano’s number is 4.75.
Admittedly, Dober’s kicks and punches are more powerful, the proof being that he’s got 14 wins by KO/TKO in his portfolio. Some of those happened against some really tough guys like Bobby Green, Rafael Alves, and Terrance McKinney.
Renato Moicano vs. Drew Dober Final Betting Analysis:
The American is a serious power puncher at lightweight and the Brazilian needs to be very careful and not overestimate his chin’s ability to take damage. However, Moicano does have the ability to take things to the mat if it gets too hot on the feet.
This fight will boil down to whether Dober can avoid a ground battle and keep things standing to unleash his heavy hands. Look for Moicano to have some moments early and probably land a takedown, but his opponent will survive those advances and eventually land a big blow that sets up a huge win on Saturday night.
UFC Fight Night: Randy Brown vs. Muslim Salikhov
Why Bet on Randy Brown?
Brown has been on the roster since 2016, but it’s only recently that “Rude Boy” has hit his stride. Winner of five of his last six, Brown combines a sharp jab with a great pace and quality distance management.
Why Bet on Muslim Salikhov?
Salikhov is “The King Of Kung Fu” for a reason. Best known for his spinning techniques, Salikhov is a slick striker with good power in his hands.
Randy Brown vs. Muslim Salikhov Final Betting Analysis:
Both men like to strike from a distance, and on paper, Salikhov is probably a bit sharper and more effective at their shared preferred range. That said, all of those factors tend to line up in favor of Brown. He’s younger, significantly longer, and tends to work at a much higher pace — that’s a lot for Salikhov to overcome.
In addition, if someone’s going to mix it up and wrestle, Brown is probably the guy. Unless Salikhov really hurts him early or gets the stoppage outright, Brown is likely to stay ahead on the scorecards for most of the 15 minutes.
UFC Fight Night: Viviane Araujo vs. Natália Silva
Why Bet on Viviane Araujo?
Araujo is a veteran of her division and has faced off with several future or former title challengers. She’s never quite managed to achieve those heights herself, largely because the top-ranked members of her division tend to out-work her down the stretch. Still, she’s a quality athlete with dangerous kickboxing and strong takedowns.
Why Bet on Natália Silva?
Silva is one of the few bright lights at 125 pounds. Indeed, a 26-year-old finisher with well-rounded skills like hers it’s almost unheard of. She seems primed to be a top contender — if not champion — for years to come, though there is still some roughness around the edges to be smoothed away.
Viviane Araujo vs. Natália Silva Final Betting Analysis:
This feels like something of a mirror match-up. Both women rely heavily on their quickness and power to cover ground suddenly and land heavy shots. They’ll wrestle occasionally — admittedly, Araujo a bit more than Silva — but their overall success is based on athleticism.
We think the younger woman gets it done. Silva can keep the fight standing, and she should hold up better as the fight wears on. It’ll be close, but a few big connections late in the fight sway the judges.
UFC Fight Night: Aliaskhab Khizriev vs. Makhmud Muradov
Why Bet on Aliaskhab Khizriev?
Undefeated Dagestani talents tend to be pretty good on the whole, but it’s still a little early to tell with “The Black Wolf.” He’s aggressive on the feet, but his kickboxing is largely a means to an end in setting up his takedowns. Once on top, he tends to be active, and he’s stopped nine opponents.
Why Bet on Makhmud Muradov?
Muradov is more of a striker. “The Money Team” representative can wrestle well enough, but he’s mostly a composed and powerful boxer, having won 17 of his fights via knockout.
Aliaskhab Khizriev vs. Makhmud Muradov Final Betting Analysis:
Ultimately, it’s hard to overlook Muradov’s loss to Gerald Meerschaert. It’s not that Muradov coughed up a couple of takedowns in the concerning defeat, but more the fact that Meerschaert was able to bully him with pressure and eventually break him down. Against a relentless wrestler with power in his hands, that sounds like a problem.
UFC Fight Night: Gilbert Urbina vs. Charles Radtke
Why Bet on Gilbert Urbina?
Urbina has some talent. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran has fought a lot of tough opposition for a man with fewer than 10 professional fights. He’s also a rather massive Welterweight — 6’3” with a 75-inch reach — who can push the pace offensively.
Why Bet on Charles Radtke?
The most memorable part of Radtke’s UFC debut was the slurs in his post-fight speech. The 33-year-old isn’t likely going to rise to be a contender anytime soon, but he’s well-rounded and tough enough to pick up some wins inside the Octagon.
Gilbert Urbina vs. Charles Radtke Final Betting Analysis:
This feels like a showcase match-up. Urbina just picked apart and battered a similar grinder in Cosce, showing off that punishing style of long-man takedown defense paired with clinch and distance offense. Most likely, Radtke ends up stranded on the feet after an early takedown or two, and he’s too hittable to survive there for long.
UFC Fight Night: Molly McCann vs. Diana Belbiţă
Why Bet on Molly McCann?
Molly McCann (13-6) worked her way into Flyweight contention with three straight wins, including back-to-back spinning elbow knockouts of Luana Carolina and Hannah Goldy. The run wasn’t to last, as she’s since suffered back-to-back submission defeats at the hands of Erin Blanchfield and Julija Stoliarenko.
Why Bet on Diana Belbiţă?
After a lengthy run on the European circuit, “Warrior Princess” punched her UFC ticket with a four-fight win streak of her own. She currently sits at 2-4 in the Octagon, most recently dropping a competitive decision to Karolina Kowalkiewicz in Oct. 2023. She’s knocked out six pro foes and submitted four others.
Molly McCann vs. Diana Belbiţă Final Betting Analysis:
We forgot that Belbiţă faced McCann in the former’s Octagon debut back in 2019. Though both women have noticeably improved since then, we see this following the same script: Belbiţă using her size and power to edge out the striking, only to be let down by her porous takedown defense.
Though McCann’s grappling remains a step below genuine elites like Taila Santos and the aforementioned Blanchfield, it’s good enough to carry her past overly one-dimensional strikers even as the smaller woman. It’s how she beat Belbiţă, Priscila Cachoeira, Ariane Lipski, and Ji Yeon Kim. And it’s how she’ll beat this rival again. Indeed, she punctuates a firefight with regular takedowns to snap her losing streak.
UFC Fight Night: Charles Johnson vs. Azat Maksum
Why Bet on Charles Johnson?
Charles Johnson (13-6) — a former Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) champion — bounced back from an unsuccessful UFC debut by beating Zhalgas Zhumagulov and Jimmy Flick. Three straight defeats followed, the most recent of which saw him drop a decision to Rafael Estevam in Nov. 2023.
He steps in for the injured Nate Maness on one month’s notice.
Why Bet on Azat Maksum?
Azat Maksum (17-0) capped off his tour of Europe by choking out undefeated Fabricio Nunes in Jan. 2023. His efforts set up an Octagon debut against Tyson Nam in July 2023, whom Maksum narrowly overpowered to claim a split-decision victory.
His 11 professional finishes include six by submission.
Charles Johnson vs. Azat Maksum Final Betting Analysis:
Johnson cannot deal with chain wrestling. Even if he’s adept at avoiding damage and getting back to his feet, he just doesn’t know how to disengage.
Maksum showed against Nam that he wouldn’t be deterred by his initial shot failing. And if he’s similarly persistent here, there’s no reason to think Johnson will be any more successful than he was against other determined wrestlers like Cody Durden and the aforementioned Estevam.
It also doesn’t help that Johnson takes a minimum of five minutes to warm up. Maksum effectively has one free round in the bank already and is more than good enough to win the second. And a strong third round from Johnson won’t be enough to save him from another trio of 29-28s.
UFC Fight Night: Themba Gorimbo vs. Pete Rodriguez
Why Bet on Themba Gorimbo?
Former EFC champion, Themba Gorimbo (11-4), rode a 4-1 run into his Octagon debut against A.J. Fletcher, who caught “The Answer” in a guillotine choke early in the second. He returned to action three months later against Takashi Sato, dominating on the feet and mat to sweep “Ten” on the scorecards.
He’s submitted six professional foes and knocked out one other.
Why Bet on Pete Rodriguez?
After cutting his teeth in iKon Fighting Federation, Pete Rodriguez (5-1) stepped up on short notice to battle Jack Della Maddalena, who put him down with punches midway through the first.
Though he rebounded with a 93-second knockout of Mike Jackson, a massive weight miss scrapped a bout with Natan Levy and left him on the sidelines for all of 2023.
He replaces Kiefer Crosbie on less than one month’s notice.
Themba Gorimbo vs. Pete Rodriguez Final Betting Analysis:
We’ve said before that Gorimbo’s ceiling isn’t high, but it’s hard to picture him losing this one. “Dead Game’s” only win of note came over Jackson, who’s saved from the ignominy of being UFC’s all-time worst Welterweight by the existence of C.M. Punk. He’s not so superior on the feet that Gorimbo’s in danger of a one-punch finish and is by all accounts no match for “The Answer’s” ground game.
Strong wrestlers are Gorimbo’s Kryptonite — he can handle himself fine against undersized, unprofessional brawlers. In other words, he’ll take down Rodriguez down and choke him out without issue.
UFC Fight Night: Blake Bilder vs. Jeong Yeong Lee
Why Bet on Blake Bilder?
Blake Bilder (8-1-1) went from CFFC champ to UFC competitor thanks to a first-round finish of Alex Morgan on Contender Series. He started strong with a decision over Shane Young, only to fall short against Kyle Nelson four months later.
Why Bet on Jeong Yeong Lee?
Jeong Yeong Lee (10-1) needed a combined 1:18 to dispatch Bin Xie and Kai Lu in the “Road to UFC” tournament. The early finish wasn’t there against Yizha in his UFC debut, but “The Korean Tiger” nonetheless emerged victorious via split decision.
Four of his seven professional finishes have come in less than one minute.
Blake Bilder vs. Jeong Yeong Lee Final Betting Analysis:
The math here seems pretty simple: ferocious puncher + fragile underachiever = crime scene. There’s more to it than that, but the logic holds. Bilder’s chin can’t match up to his grit, his wrestling is insufficient to neutralize Lee’s striking offense, and he doesn’t hit hard enough to punish Lee’s iffy striking defense.
Lee admittedly struggled with Yizha’s grinding attack to the point where he hesitated to throw power shots, but underwhelming against Yizha seems a lesser sin than underwhelming against Shane Young. Unless Lee comes out gun-shy or Bilder massively levels up his takedowns, Lee smokes him in the opening minutes.
UFC Fight Night: Julija Stoliarenko vs. Luana Carolina
Why Bet on Julija Stoliarenko?
Stoliarenko went one-and-done in UFC following her The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 28 run, but soon rattled off a five-fight win streak and claimed Invicta gold. She currently sits at 2-4 in his second run, though she’s won two of her last three.
All 10 of her submission wins have come via first-round armbar.
Why Bet on Luana Carolina?
Luana Carolina (9-4) saw a two-fight win streak give way to two straight losses against Molly McCann and Joanne Wood. She entered her subsequent clash with Ivana Petrovic as a decent-sized underdog but managed to flip the script and score her third Octagon upset.
Julija Stoliarenko vs. Luana Carolina Final Betting Analysis:
Carolina’s mission here is to stay out of the clinch. Stoliarenko isn’t lost on the feet, but Carolina’s reach and volume give her the edge there. It’s a different story if Stoliarenko can consistently get inside because Carolina’s takedown defense is decidedly mixed. And even if she lands on top like she did against Petrovic, Julija is dangerous enough off of her back to finish her from there.
Unfortunately for Carolina, she’s not particularly difficult to tie up. Stoliarenko will have plenty of opportunities to at least force a scramble, and for all her faults, she’s not someone Luana can shut down or outmaneuver on the mat. In the end, Julija bullies her rival to the fence and grapples her way to another quick armbar.
UFC Fight Night: Marquel Mederos vs. Landon Quiñones
Why Bet on Marquel Mederos?
Despite already scoring three victories in 2023 alone, Marquel Mederos (8-1) entered his Contender Series clash with Issa Isakov as the underdog. The odds proved incorrect, as he befuddled Isakov with strikes before flattening him with a vicious knee.
All six of his professional wins have come via knockout.
Why Bet on Landon Quiñones?
Landon Quinones (7-2-1) entered TUF 31 as the Titan FC champion, only to make an unceremonious exit when Jason Knight took him out with a 55-second triangle.
He then stepped up on short notice to battle Nasrat Haqparast in the Octagon, coming up short in a slugfest that saw them land a combined 319 significant strikes.
Marquel Mederos vs. Landon Quiñones Final Betting Analysis:
This one boils down to who can seize the initiative. Both are absolute monsters when given room to operate — Quinones’ inhuman volume can break a man’s will with incredible speed, while Mederos’ versatility and misdirection can outright hypnotize opponents.
Going by their recent efforts, Quinones looks the likelier of the two to get in gear. Mederos looked quite mortal against the straightforward pressure of Michael Murphy last April, while Quinones went toe-to-toe with a nasty puncher in Haqparast without losing his will.
Again, Mederos wins if he can consistently get Quinones to back up. The more respect he gets, the likelier he is to settle into a flow and muzzle Quinones’ offense via induced indecision. We just don’t see him doing so against someone this aggressive and, well, ballsy.
Quinones builds steam through a nip-and-tuck first round before turning up the volume, shrugging off Mederos’ reactive level changes, and burying him in output for a late stoppage.
UFC Fight Night: Thomas Petersen vs. Jamal Pogues
Why Bet on Thomas Petersen?
Thomas Petersen (8-1) lost his unbeaten record and Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) title when Waldo Cortes-Acosta knocked him out in 2022. “The Train” rehabbed with two more wins in the promotion, then dominated Chandler Cole to graduate from the Contender Series.
Seven of his eight finishes have come in the first round.
Why Bet on Jamal Pogues?
Jamal Pogues (10-4) won his second Contender Series bout and claimed a UFC contract by boxing his way past Paulo Renato Jr. in 2022. “Stormtrooper” then got on the scoreboard with a unanimous decision over Josh Parisian, but came up short against fellow Contender Series graduate, Mick Parkin, five months later.
Thomas Petersen vs. Jamal Pogues Final Betting Analysis:
Solid takedown defense and straight punches are the secret ingredients for beating Petersen. “The Train” may be a tank engine, but his tendency to square up and trade heat doesn’t always work out for him. Pogues has those tools in his arsenal, making the upset a real possibility.
But we just can’t get over the way he gave up against Parkin. He threw less than 60 total strikes in the last two rounds while landing barely a quarter of them. The heart just isn’t there — even if he can neutralize Petersen early, it’s hard to see him keeping his foot on the gas after a few minutes of grinding, especially since he’s a bloated Light Heavyweight fighting a genuine Heavyweight. In short, Petersen walks through a barrage of jabs to wear down Pogues against the fence, drag him to the mat, and pound him into submission.
Dolidze vs. Imavov Betting Pick: Nassourdine Imavov
Moicano vs. Dober Betting Pick: Drew Dober
Brown vs. Salikhov Betting Pick: Randy Brown
Araujo vs. Silva Betting Pick: Natália Silva
Khizriev vs. Muradov Betting Pick: Aliaskhab Khizriev
Urbina vs. Radtke Betting Pick: Gilbert Urbina
McCann vs. Belbiţă Betting Pick: Molly McCann
Johnson vs. Maksum Betting Pick: Azat Maksum
Gorimbo vs. Rodriguez Betting Pick: Themba Gorimbo
Bilder vs. Lee Betting Pick: Jeong Yeong Lee
Stoliarenko vs. Carolina Betting Pick: Julija Stoliarenko
Mederos vs. Quiñones Betting Pick: Landon Quiñones
Petersen vs. Pogues Betting Pick: Thomas Petersen