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The MMA Vivisection - UFC Vegas 53: Font vs. Vera 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 bout on the card. From Rob Font vs. Marlon Vera in the main event down to Tatsuro Taira vs. Carlos Candelario in the opening prelim.

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The UFC’s 2022 schedule is in full swing right now, heading into their 4th straight event, with another three still to go before their next week off. So it’s not much of a surprise that some of these fight night cards are feeling a little thin. This week Rob Font takes on Marlon Vera in a fantastic bantamweight scrap, that more or less makes the event’s only really notable fight. Gerald Meerschaert vs. Krzysztof Jotko marks what’s otherwise probably the most relevant booking of the night.

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For fans interested in diving deeper into the somewhat lackluster undercard, check out the Prelims Vivi below.

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Here’s a look at the UFC VEGAS 53 fight card, as it stood at the time of recording:

ESPN/ESPN+ MAIN CARD | 7pm/4pm ET&PT
Rob Font vs. Marlon Vera — At 5:18, Odds 21:07, Picks, Both: Font
Andrei Arlovski vs. Jake Collier — At 21:32, Odds 27:31 Picks, Both: Arlovski
Andre Fili vs. Joanderson Brito — At 28:14, Odds 35:36, Picks, Both: Fili
Jared Gordon vs. Grant Dawson — At 36:00, Odds 44:09, Picks, Zane: Dawson, Connor: Gordon
Darren Elkins vs. Tristan Connelly — At 44:29, Odds 53:07, Picks, Both: Elkins
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Gerald Meerschaert — At 53:54, Odds 1:00:43, Picks, Zane: Jotko, Connor: Meerschaert

ESPN2/ESPN+ PRELIMS | 4:30pm/1:30pm ET&PT
Daniel da Silva vs. Francisco Figueiredo — At 1:43, Odds 9:53, Picks, Both: da Silva
Alexander Romanov vs. Chase Sherman — At 12:03, Odds 15:56, Picks, Both: Romanov
Gabriel Green vs. Yohan Lainesse — At 17:25, Odds 25:54, Picks, Both: Green
Natan Levy vs. Mike Breeden — At 26:35, Odds 32:17, Picks, Both: Levy
Gina Mazany vs. Shanna Young — At 33:37, Odds 38:16, Picks, Both: Mazany
Tatsuro Taira vs. Carlos Candelario — At 38:25, Odds 46:53, Picks, Both: Taira

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’... It has come to our attention after some careful scrutiny that errors in the stats tracking have been made along the way, this is being sorted out one event at a time. When the stats are done being audited they will be reported in each show post again. For UFC Vegas 52: Zane and Connor shared the same picks, they went 8/11. No total cumulative stats are available at this time.

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