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The MMA Vivisection - UFC Vegas 9: Overeem vs. Sakai picks, odds, & analysis

Zane Simon and Connor Ruebusch are back to breakdown this week’s UFC VEGAS 9 event at the Apex facility in Las Vegas, NV. With picks and odds for every fight on the card. From Alistair Overeem vs. Augusto Sakai in the main event down to Brian Kelleher vs. Kevin Natividad in the (potentially) opening prelim.

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This weekend’s UFC VEGAS 9 event doesn’t showcase one of the UFC’s more electrifying offerings. Both the heavyweight main event, between Alistair Overeem & Augusto Sakai, and the light heavyweight co-main, between Ovince St. Preux & Alonzo Menifield, have serious potential to turn into slogs if they don’t end early. And while there are some interesting prospects up and down the rest of the card, it doesn’t feel like an event with much potential to immediately impact any one division.

For those looking to dive deeper into the undercard, check out the Prelims Vivi below.

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Here’s a look at the complete UFC Vegas 9 fight card as it stands right now:

ESPN+ MAIN CARD | 8pm/5pm ET&PT
Alistair Overeem vs. Augusto Sakai - At 5:20, Odds 16:49, Picks - Both: Sakai
Ovince St. Preux vs. Alonzo Menifield - At 17:07, Odds 22:47, Picks - Both: OSP
Sijara Eubanks vs. Karol Rosa - At 23:05, Odds 29:30, Picks - Both: Rosa
Michel Pereira vs. Zelim Imadaev - At 31:19, Odds 43:00, Picks - Both: Pereira
Thiago Moises vs. Jalin Turner - At 43:58, Odds 53:42, Picks - Both: Turner

ESPN+ PRELIMS | 6pm/3pm ET&PT
Bartosz Fabinski vs. Andre Muniz - At 3:00, Odds 9:40, Picks - Zane: Muniz, Connor: Fabinski
Montana De La Rosa vs. Viviane Araujo - At 11:35, Odds 20:33, Picks - Both: Araujo
Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Alexander Romanov - At 21:45, Odds 30:26, Picks - Both: Romanov
Cole Smith vs. Hunter Azure - At 33:48, Odds 44:00, Picks - Both: Azure
Brian Kelleher vs. Kevin Natividad - At 44:18, Picks - Both: Kelleher

For those of you following the picks made on the show, we started tracking them with the July 13th, 2020 Vivi for ‘Kattar vs. Ige’. So far the standings are: Zane is now 53/84 & Connor is now 57/84 - last week both Zane & Connor went 7/9, unfortunately we had two bouts they made picks for that did not count when the card was finalized.

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