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The MMA Vivisection - UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington PRELIMS picks, odds, & analysis

Zane Simon & Connor Ruebusch are back to breakdown the prelims portions of this week’s UFC event in Las Vegas, NV. With picks and odds for every fight on the ESPN2 & Fight Pass undercards.

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It’s no secret, UFC 245 is stacked. As 2019 comes to a close, the world’s largest MMA promotion is looking to wrap up the year with a bang—and they’ve got three title fights on the line to make sure fans get their money’s worth.

As is often the case with cards with multiple titles in play, otherwise notable main card fighters have been pushed to the prelims. The featured ESPN2 bout expects to see welterweight action stalwart Mike Perry take on fast rising Geoff Neal, with women’s bantamweight top contenders Ketlen Vieira and Irene Aldana close behind. In fact, it’s a deep enough card that top women’s flyweight contenders Jessica Eye and Viviane Araujo have been relegated all the way down to the “Early Prelims” on Fight Pass. Plenty to discuss before the main card Vivi drops tomorrow.

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Here’s a look at the UFC 245 prelims as they stand now:

Geoff Neal vs. Mike Perry - 5:15, Odds 15:53
Ketlen Vieira vs. Irene Aldana - 16:07, Odds 23:15
Ian Heinisch vs. Omari Akhmedov - 24:12, Odds 32:13
Matt Brown vs. Ben Saunders - 34:03, Odds 38:38

Chase Hooper vs. Daniel Teymur - 39:35, Odds 46:25
Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France - 47:35, Odds 56:50
Jessica Eye vs. Viviane Araujo - 58:23, Odds 1:07:26
Punahele Soriano vs. Oskar Piechota - 1:08:54, Odds 1:12:47

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