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The MMA Vivisection - UFC Vegas 50: Santos vs. Ankalaev picks, odds, & analysis

Zane Simon & Connor Ruebusch are back to break down this week’s UFC event in Las Vegas, NV. With picks and odds for every fight on the card. From Thiago Santos vs. Magomed Ankalaev in the main event down to Tafon Nchukwi vs. Azamat Murzakanov in the opening prelim.

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This weekend’s UFC Vegas 50 fight card has the look of an absolute banger to it. Even outside the light heavyweight top-contender main event between Thiago Santos and Magomed Ankalaev, fights between Marlon Moraes & Song Yadong, Sodiq Yusuff & Alex Caceres, Khalil Rountree & Karl Roberson, and Alex Pereira & Bruno Silva all promise violence. Could be the kind of night where a whole lot of people end up waking up on the canvas.

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For fans interested in diving deeper into the rock-solid undercard, check out the Prelims Vivi below.

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Here’s a look at the UFC VEGAS 50 fight card, as it stood at the time of recording:

ESPN+ MAIN CARD | 7pm/4pm ET&PT
Thiago Santos vs. Magomed Ankalaev — At 4:53, Odds 20:01, Picks, Both: Ankalaev
Marlon Moraes vs. Song Yadong — At 20:20, Odds 32:49, Picks, Both: Yadong
Sodiq Yusuff vs. Alex Caceres — At 33:06, Odds 45:15, Picks, Both: Yusuff
Khalil Rountree vs. Karl Roberson — At 45:28, Odds 56:07, Picks, Both: Rountree
Drew Dober vs. Terrance McKinney — At 56:44, Odds 1:07:53, Picks, Both: Dober
Alex Pereira vs. Bruno Silva — At 1:08:12, Odds 1:13:29, Picks, Both: Pereira

ESPN+ PRELIMS | 4pm/1pm ET&PT
Matthew Semelsberger vs. AJ Fletcher — At 3:37, Odds 16:04, Picks, Both: Semelsberger
JJ Aldrich vs. Gillian Robertson — At 16:31, Odds 27:21, Picks, Both: Robertson
Trevin Jones vs. Javid Basharat — At 28:57, Odds 46:10, Picks, Both: Jones
Damon Jackson vs. Kamuela Kirk — At 47:45, Odds 55:59, Picks, Both: Jackson
Sabina Mazo vs. Miranda Maverick — At 57:53, Odds 1:11:28, Picks, Both: Mazo
Dalcha Lungiambula vs. Cody Brundage — At 1:12:30, Odds-skipped, Picks, Both: Lungiambula
Guido Cannetti vs. Kris Moutinho — At 1:14:36, Odds 1:16:46, Picks, Both: Moutinho
Tafon Nchukwi vs. Azamat Murzakanov — At 1:16:55, Odds 1:18:43, Picks, Both: Nchukwi

For those of you following the picks made on the show, we started tracking them with the July 13th, 2020 Vivisections for ‘Kattar vs. Ige’... Standings for our last event, UFC Vegas 272: Covington vs. Masvidal — Zane went 10/13, and Connor went 8/13. So far, here are the overall standings: Zane is now 507/795 and Connor is now 494/795.

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