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The MMA Vivisection - UFC Orlando: Thompson vs. Holland picks, odds, & analysis

Zane Simon & Connor Ruebusch are back to break down this week’s UFC event in Orlando, FL. With picks and odds for every fight on the card. From Stephen Thompson vs. Kevin Holland in the main event down to Yazmin Jauregui vs. Istela Nunes in the opening prelims.

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It’s a top quality UFC Fight Night card this week, as the promotion heads down to Orlando, FL in what feels like a rare jaunt away from the Apex facility for a non-PPV event. In the headliner slot, Stephen Thompson takes on Kevin Holland, with a bout between former champ Rafael dos Anjos & Bryan Barberena in the co-main. Throw some Tai Tuivasa HW action in there and a middleweight bout between Jack Hermansson & Roman Dolidze, and it should provide a solid night fun fights.

For fans interested in more details on the surprisingly deep undercard, check out the Prelims Vivi below.

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

ESPN MAIN CARD | 10pm/7pm ET&PT
Stephen Thompson vs. Kevin Holland — At 4:30, Odds 19:36, Picks, Zane: Holland, Connor: Thompson
Bryan Barberena vs. Rafael dos Anjos — At 19:50, Odds 31:32, Picks, Both: dos Anjos
Matheus Nicolau vs. Matt SchnellAt 32:03, Odds 40:54, Picks, Both: Nicolau
Tai Tuivasa vs. Sergei PavlovichAt 43:37, Odds 54:21, Picks, Both: Tuivasa
Jack Hermansson vs. Roman Dolidze — At 55:01, Odds 1:06:13, Picks, Both: Hermansson
Eryk Anders vs. Kyle DaukausAt 1:07:28, Odds 1:13:30, Picks, Both: Anders

ESPN PRELIMS | 7pm/4pm ET&PT
Niko Price vs. Philip Rowe — At 3:07, Odds 12:32, Picks, Both: Price
Angela Hill vs. Emily DucoteAt 14:07, Odds 26:03, Picks, Both: Ducote
Clay Guida vs. Scott HoltzmanAt 26:42, Odds 33:33, Picks, Both: Holtzman
Michael Johnson vs. Marc DiakieseAt 33:50, Odds 42:47, Picks, Both: Diakiese
Darren Elkins vs. Jonathan Pearce — At 43:52, Odds 49:35, Picks, Both: Pearce
Tracy Cortez vs. Amanda RibasAt 49:49, Odds 1:03:45, Picks, Zane: Cortez, Connor: Ribas
Natan Levy vs. Genaro ValdezAt 1:04:00, Odds 1:11:45, Picks, Zane: Levy, Connor: Valdez
Marcelo Rojo vs. Francis MarshallAt 1:12:13, Odds 1:21:37, Picks, Both: Marshall
Yazmin Jauregui vs. Istela NunesAt 1:21:55, Odds 1:28:31, Picks, Both: Juaregui

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 65: ‘Nzechukwu vs. Cutelaba’: Zane picked 6/11 and Connor was in the lead for a change, he picked 7/11.
  • Overall from UFC Fight Island 1 in 2020, through UFC Vegas 65, this year: Zane is now at 776/1205 for 64.40% and Connor is now at 731/1205 for 60.64%
  • So far, in 2022: Zane is at 306/468 for 65.39% and Connor is at 289/468 for 60.67%
  • 2021: Zane went 305/493 for 62% and Connor went 285/493 for 57.81%
  • July-Dec 2020: Zane went 164/244 for 67% and Connor went 157/244 for 64%
  • Reference: Vivi Picks Stats_12.01.22.pdf

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WELTERWEIGHT SHOWDOWN - Stephen Thompson vs. Kevin Holland — DEC 3: Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Florida at the Amway Center in Orlando, on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, with an exciting, much-anticipated 170lb Welterweightweight tilt between Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson (16-6) and Kevin ‘Trailblazer’ Holland (23-8).

In UFC Orlando’s co-main event, hard-hitting Lightweights go to war when Rafael ‘RDA’ dos Anjos squares off with the ‘African Savage’, Bryan Barberena.

Plus — we will be treated to a Flyweight scrap between Matheus Nicolau and Matt ‘Danger’ Schnell, as well as a top contenders Heavyweight brawl, pitting Tai ‘Bam Bam’ Tuivasa against Sergei Pavlovich. The main card doesn’t stop there, don’t miss two Middleweight bouts — we will see Eryk Anders take on Kyle Daukaus and Derek Brunson vs. Jack ‘The Joker’ Hermansson, as all the above are on the main card of this UFC Fight Night Event! Tune-in for a stacked 15-bout event...

Don’t miss a single second of face-punching action!