UFC Vegas 71 Main Card Predictions

The UFC returns to the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend for a twelve-bout fight card.

The main event features top-ranked Heavyweight Curtis Blaydes taking on rising knockout artist Sergei Pavlovich. In the middleweight co-main, Brad Tavares and Bruno “Blindado” Silva in a clash sure to produce fireworks. Veterans Bobby Green and Jared Gordon are also set to lock horns in the Lightweight featured bout, while Jeremiah Wells in back in action opposite Matthew Semelsberger.

Check here for the prelims predictions!

Sergei Pavlovich (17-1) vs. Curtis Blaydes (17-3) (HW)

We have one hell of a stylistic matchup in our main event. Curtis Blaydes has been on a tear since his KO loss to Derrick Lewis, picking up three straight victories, his most impressive being a knockout of Chris Daukaus. Pavlovich has been on a vicious streak through the Heavyweight division, securing five consecutive first-round knockouts en route to the Heavyweight top five. I expect this bout will largely come down to how well Pavlovich can handle the constant takedown attempts of Blaydes, as well as if Blaydes can weather the early storm that Pavlovich brings. Pavlovich struggled on the mat in his UFC debut and has not had to deal with any aggressive grapplers, so he will need to display improvements in his wrestling defense. I expect Pavlovich to open up with an early storm and get the knockout, taking advantage of Blaydes’ low guard and durability concerns.

My Pick: Sergey Pavlovich by Knockout

Brad Tavares (19-7) vs. Bruno Silva (22-8) (MW)

My Pick: Brad Tavares via Decision

Bobby Green (29-14-1) vs. Jared Gordon (19-6) (LW)

My Pick: Jared Gordon via Decision

Iasmin Lucindo (13-5) vs. Brogan Walker (7-3) (FLW)

My Pick: Iasmin Lucindo via Decision

Jeremiah Wells (11-2) vs. Matthew Semelsberger (11-4) (WW)

My Pick: Jeremiah Wells via Decision

Tune in to our home page tomorrow for the card results, updated live!

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