Holly Holm continues her quest to regain the UFC women’s bantamweight title when she faces Ketlen Vieira on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira. Current No. 2 contender, Holm won the championship in November 2015 with a stunning knockout victory over Ronda Rousey, but her reign was short-lived as she submitted to Miesha Tate in her first defense less than four months. later. The 40-year-old will make her first Octagon appearance since October 2020, when she won a unanimous decision over Irene Aldana. Vieira, who is ranked fifth in the division, picked up a similar win over Tate in her last bout last November. The UFC’s main fight card is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET from the Apex facility in Las Vegas (see tickets on StubHub).
Holm is a -260 favorite (risk $260 to win $100), while Vieira is a +210 underdog in Caesars Sportsbook’s latest Holm vs. Vieira odds. The co-main event is a welterweight bout between 14th ranked contender Santiago Ponzinibbio (+115) and Michel Pereira (-135). Before you lock in any UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira pick, be sure to check out MMA predictions and betting tips from SportsLine expert Andrew Gombas.
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In January, Gombas kicked off the 2022 UFC season in memorable fashion by advising SportsLine members to support Calvin Kattar (+200) against Giga Chikadze (-240) in a battle of ranked featherweight contenders in the main event. Kattar dominated to win a unanimous decision and give his supporters an easy winner. Everyone who has followed Gombas has already seen massive returns.
Now, with UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira in sight, Gombas has studied the UFC card from every angle and released his top MMA picks. His UFC expert picks are only available on SportsLine.
UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira preview
Holm (14-5) enjoyed success in the boxing ring before entering the Octagon, going 33-2-3 and winning championships in three different weight classes while beating legendary opponents such as Christy Martin and Mia St. John. The move to mixed martial arts went smoothly for her as she won her first 10 fights, including the November 2015 stunning upset that ended the invincible’s three-year reign of the UFC bantamweight title. Ronda Rousey.
The star quickly faded for Holm as she lost to Miesha Tate in her first championship defense. She then dropped decisions against current UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko, Germaine de Randamie and Cris Cyborg – the latter two in featherweight title matches – before being knocked out by Amanda Nunes in July 2019 in his quest to regain the bantamweight crown.
Holm regrouped winning unanimous decisions over Raquel Pennington and Irene Aldana. But that latest win came just two weeks before her 40th birthday in October 2020 and she hasn’t fought since as illness and a knee injury forced her to pull out of two scheduled fights last year.
A native of New Mexico, Holm should have his hands full with Vieira (12-2), who beat Tate by unanimous decision in his last fight last November. The 30-year-old Brazilian had dropped two of her previous three fights, including a knockout loss to Aldana in December 2019. Vieira, who is a strong grappler, was a bantamweight champion in two lesser promotions, holding the title of Mr Cage and Big Way before joining the UFC in October 2016. You can only see who to support at UFC Fight Night here.
UFC Fight Night Predictions
We’ll reveal one of Gombas’ UFC Fight Night selections here: he’s backing Jun Yong Park (-210) to be victorious over Eryk Anders (+175) in their middleweight bout on the main card.
Park (13-5) won seven straight fights before losing by submission to Anthony Hernandez in his UFC debut in August 2019. The 31-year-old South Korean, who is a former Yawara FC middleweight champion , won his next three matches but was eliminated by Gregory Rodrigues in his final Octagon appearance last October.
Anders (14-6) has won just one of his last four fights and had his last fight in December, when he submitted to an armbar against Andre Muniz. The 35-year-old, who was a linebacker on the BCS national championship team Alabama in 2009, held the middleweight title in the Legacy Fighting Alliance before joining the UFC in July 2017.
“Anders is solid everywhere, but not amazing anywhere,” Gombas told SportsLine. “Park is a good boxer and will probably have an edge on volume. He also throws some nice low kicks on the feet. … I expect it to be a close fight, but I prefer Park in the end. “
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Gombas also has strong picks for Holm vs. Vieira and other bouts on the UFC Fight Night card. He backs a fighter who “does a great job of drawing opponents into their game.” These expert UFC picks and predictions are only available on SportsLine.
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UFC Fight Night odds, fight card, betting lines
Holly Holm (-260) against Ketlen Vieira (+210)
Santiago Ponzinibbio (+115) against Michel Pereira (-135)
Chidi Njokuani (-230) against Dusko Todorovic (+190)
Eryk Anders (+180) vs Jun Yong Park (-220)
Polyana Viana (+100) against Tabatha Ricci (-120)
Jailton Almeida (-625) vs Parker Porter (+450)
Joseph Holmes (-195) against Alen Amedovski (+165)
Omar Morales (-155) vs. Uros Medic (+130)
Jonathan Martinez (-220) vs. Vince Morales (+180)
Chase Hooper (+155) vs. Felipe Colares (-180)
Elise Reed (-170) vs. Sam Hughes (+145)