UFC 274 takes place on Saturday, May 7. The Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona will host the PPV. The main event of the evening will feature Charles Oliveira taking on Justin Gaethje in a somewhat lighthearted title fight. The prelims will be on ESPN and ESPN+ at 8:00 p.m. ET. The second fight on the preliminary card will be a heavyweight match between No. 15 Blagoy Ivanov and Marcos Rogerio de Lima.
Ivanov will fight in his first match since May 2020. Hopefully the time off has allowed him to recharge to come off a two-fight losing streak. Most recently, Ivanov lost via split decision to Augusto Sakai. Lima has won two fights in a row. He got the first-round knockout against Ben Rothwell in November 2021. This will be the first time these two veteran fighters will face each other.
How to watch Blagoy Ivanov vs Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Date: Saturday May 7
Battle time: Preliminary card starts at 8:00 p.m. ET
Direct: ESPN and ESPN+ via WatchESPN or the ESPN app
from Lima: +130
Splits: 74% innings, 71% bets on Ivanov
Ivanov’s time away from the octagon is not deterring bettors. Lima is coming off a first-round knockout in November 2021. He is the underdog in this fight, but bettors assume Ivanov won’t have any rust to shake. Lima has momentum and is fresher than Ivanov so I would go with him in this one.
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