UFC 272 is a weird card. All on its own, in a vacuum, it’s definitely not bad. Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal is exactly the kind of high-level grudge match that combat sports should feature. Rafael dos Anjos vs. Renato Moicano is a serviceably fine considering the circumstances. And Barboza vs. Mitchell & Holland vs. Oliveira should be fascinating style clashes with a solid potential for violence. But, in the new, increased-price PPV era it doesn’t quite have the big-event shine that many fans are going to demand.
Anyway, for fans interested in diving deeper into the really very solid undercard, check out the Prelims Vivi below.
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Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal — At 5:38, Odds 26:08, Picks, Both: Covington
Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Renato Moicano — At 26:24, Odds 36:27, Picks, Both: RDA
Edson Barboza vs. Bryce Mitchell — At 40:18, Odds 54:58, Picks, Both: Mitchell
Kevin Holland vs. Alex Oliveira — At 55:32, Odds 1:04:52, Picks, Both: Holland
Sergey Spivak vs. Greg Hardy — At 1:05:01, Odds 1:07:30, Picks, Zane: Hardy, Connor: Spivak
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Jalin Turner vs. Jamie Mullarkey — At 4:46, Odds 14:30, Picks, Zane: Turner, Connor: Mullarkey
Marina Rodriguez vs. Yan Xiaonan — At 14:44, Odds 20:36, Picks, Both: Rodriguez
Nicolae Negumereanu vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu — At 20:49, Odds 30:20, Picks, Both: Negumereanu
Maryna Moroz vs. Mariya Agapova — At 31:02, Odds 42:34, Picks, Both?: Moroz
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Brian Kelleher vs. Umar Nurmagomedov — At 43:41, Odds 48:48, Picks, Both: Nurmagomedov
Tim Elliott vs. Tagir Ulanbekov — At 50:33, Odds 58:26, Picks, Both: Ulanbekov
Devonte Smith vs. L’udovit Klein — At 59:33, Odds 1:06:32, Picks, Zane: Klein, Connor: Smith
Michal Oleksiejczuk vs. Dustin Jacoby — At 1:06:49, Odds 1:16:46, Picks, Both: Jacoby
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 49: Makhachev vs Green — Zane went 7/11, Connor also went 7/11. So far, here are the overall standings: Zane is now 497/782 and Connor is now 486/782.
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