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The MMA Vivisection - UFC Vegas 55: Holm vs. Vieira picks, odds, & analysis

Zane Simon & Connor Ruebusch are back to break down this week’s UFC event at the Apex facility in Las Vegas, NV. With picks and odds for every fight on the card. From Holly Holm vs. Ketlen Vieira in the main event down to Sam Hughes vs. Elise Reed in the opening prelim.

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It’s not at all the worst card the UFC has ever put together, but UFC Vegas 55 has the feel of a card that won’t be among the promotion’s highlights for 2022. Mostly that’s down to Holly Holm’s reputation as a controlled, consistent, low damage fighter. Opponents that don’t have a clear striking advantage over her, have found her very tough to deal with. It’s on Ketlen Vieira to prove she can change the narrative. Otherwise, Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Michel Pereira should be a lot of fun, and a lot of the rest of the card is fine.

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

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Here’s a look at the UFC Vegas 55 fight card as it stood at the time of recording:

ESPN+ MAIN CARD | 7pm/4pm ET&PT
Holly Holm vs. Ketlen Vieira — At 2:26, Odds 17:45, Picks, Both: Holm
Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Michel Pereira — At 19:17, Odds 33:24, Picks, Both: Ponzinibbio
Chidi Njokuani vs. Dusko Todorovic — At 33:41, Odds 45:45, Picks, Both: Todorovic
Polyana Viana vs. Tabatha Ricci — At 47:06, Odds 50:31, Picks, Both: Ricci
Eryk Anders vs. Jun Yong Park — At 50:45, Odds 1:01:38, Picks, Both: Park

ESPN+ PRELIMS | 4pm/1pm ET&PT
Joseph Holmes vs. Alen Amadovski — At 0:59, Odds 14:18, Picks, Both: Holmes
Parker Porter vs. Jailton Almeida — At 16:30, Odds 27:33, Picks, Both: Almeida
Omar Morales vs. Uros Medic — At 27:49, Odds 34:20, Picks, Both: Morales
Jonathan Martinez vs. Vince Morales — At 34:33, Odds 42:56, Picks, Zane: Martinez, Connor: Morales
Chase Hooper vs. Felipe Colares — At 43:59, Odds 46:50, Picks, Both: Colares
Elise Reed vs. Sam Hughes — At 49:13, Odds 58:13, Picks, Both: Hughes

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 54: Blachowicz vs. Rakic — Zane went 6/11, while Connor went 5/11. So far, here are the overall standings: Zane is now 590/918 and Connor is now 561/918. Reference: Vivi Picks Stats.pdf

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