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The MMA Vivisection - UFC Vegas 62: Grasso vs. Araujo picks, odds, & analysis

Zane Simon & Connor Ruebusch are back to break down this week’s UFC event going down at the Apex facility in Las Vegas, NV. With picks and odds for every fight on the card. From Viviane Araujo vs. Alexa Grasso in the main event down to Mike Jackson vs. Pete Rodriguez in the opening prelim.

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The UFC is back with another solid, if not necessarily spectacular, Fight Night offering this week at the Apex Facility. In the main event, Alexa Grasso and Viviane Araujo look to strengthen their flyweight title hopes in what should be a scrappy 5 round battle. The co-main features the bantamweight debut of Cub Swanson. And then fans get a flyweight thriller between Brandon Royval and Askar Askarov.

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

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Here’s a look at the UFC Vegas 62 fight card as it stood at the time of recording:

ESPN+ MAIN CARD | 7pm/4pm ET&PT
Alex Grasso vs. Viviane Araujo — At 6:31, Odds 20:37, Picks, Both: Grasso
Cub Swanson vs. Jonathan MartinezAt 22:39, Odds 33:22, Picks, Zane: Martinez, Connor: Swanson
Brandon Royval vs. Askar Askarov — At 34:02, Odds 44:57, Picks, Both: Askarov
Dusko Todorovic vs. Jordan WrightAt 45:40, Odds 51:12, Picks, Zane: Todorovic, Connor: Wright
Misha Cirkunov vs. Alonzo MenifieldAt 53:10, Odds 58:30, Picks, Both: Menifield

ESPN+ PRELIMS | 4pm/1pm ET&PT
Brandon Davis vs. Mana MartinezAt 0:53, Odds 16:27, Picks, Zane: Martinez, Connor: Davis
Raphael Assuncao vs. Victor HenryAt 17:11, Odds 25:19, Picks, Both: Henry
Nick Maximov vs. Jacob MalkounAt 26:21, Odds 36:30, Picks, Zane: Maximov, Connor: Malkoun
Joanderson Brito vs. Lucas AlexanderAt 37:53, Odds 45:18, Picks, Both: Brito
Sam Hughes vs. Piera RodriguezAt 47:16, Odds 54:57, Picks, Both: Rodriguez
Tatsuro Taira vs. CJ VergaraAt 55:53, Odds 1:05:34, Picks, Both: Taira
Mike Jackson vs. Pete RodriguezAt 1:05:46, Odds 1:10:37, Picks, Both: Rodriguez

For those of you following the picks made on the show, we started tracking them with the July 13th, 2020 Vivisection shows for UFC Fight Island 1: ‘Kattar vs. Ige’. So far, here are the overall standings:

  • For our last event, UFC Vegas 61: Dern vs. Yan: Zane went 6/11 for 54.5%, while Connor tied with 6/11 for 54.5% as well
  • Overall from UFC Fight Island 1 through UFC Vegas 61: Zane is now at 734/1135 for 64.7% and Connor is now at 690/1135 for 60.8%
  • So far, in 2022: Zane is at 264/398 for 66.3% and Connor is at 248/398 for 62.3%
  • 2021: Zane went 305/493 for 62% and Connor went 285/493 for 58%
  • July-Dec 2020: Zane went 164/244 for 67% and Connor went 157/244 for 64%
    Reference: Vivi Picks Stats_10.13.22.pdf

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FLYWEIGHT SHOWDOWN — Alexa Grasso vs. Viviane Araujo - OCT 15 Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the UFC Apex Facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, October 15th, 2022, with a live audience again to see a thrilling 125lb women’s Flyweight top contenders brawl between No 5 division ranked, Alexa Grasso (14-3) who looks to stop the rise of her No. 6 division ranked foe, Viviane Araujo (11-3). In UFC Vegas 62’s co-main event, hard-hitting Bantamweights go to war when rising star Jonathan Martinez meets up with fight veteran, Cub Swanson. Plus — Askar Askarov vs Brandon Royval, Misha Cirkunov vs Alonzo Menifield, Duško Todorović vs Jordan Wright — all on this Fight Night main card! Tune-in for a stacked 12-bout event...

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