Recent UFC Fight Night events may have found themselves a little lacking in star power or notoriety, but this weekend’s UFC 274 PPV card is an excellent example of the kind of quality the promotion can still put together. Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje is a fantastic lightweight title fight main event, chased by the long awaited rematch between Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza. Throw Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson in there, and Donald Cerrone vs. Joe Lauzon and it should make for a violent card.
For fans looking to dive deeper into a very solid undercard, check out the Prelims Vivi below.
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Here’s a look at the UFC 274 fight card, as it stood at the time of recording:
ESPN+ PPV CARD | 10pm/7pm ET&PT
Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje — At 6:29, Odds 33:18, Picks, Zane: Gaethje, Connor: Oliveira
Rose Namajunas vs. Carla Esparza — At 33:57, Odds 46:28, Picks, Zane: Namajunas, Connor: Esparza
Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson — At 48:36, Odds 56:04, Picks, Both: Chandler
Ovince St. Preux vs. Mauricio Rua — At 56:27, Odds 1:01:21, Picks, Both: OSP
Donald Cerrone vs. Joe Lauzon — At 1:01:34, Odds 1:09:39, Picks, Both: Zane: Lauzon, Connor: Cerrone
ESPN PRELIMS | 8pm/5pm ET&PT
Randy Brown vs. Khaos Williams — At 9:45, Odds 18:11, Picks, Both: Brown
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Danny Roberts — At 19:54, Odds 28:11, Picks, Both: Trinaldo
Macy Chiasson vs. Norma Dumont — At 28:31, Odds 33:34, Picks, Both: Dumont
Brandon Royval vs. Matt Schnell — At 34:00, Odds 46:26, Picks, Zane: Royval, Connor: Schnell
ESPN+ PRELIMS | 5:30pm/2:30pm ET&PT
Blagoy Ivanov vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima — At 46:40, Odds 49:29, Picks, Both: Ivanov
Andre Fialho vs. Cameron VanCamp — At 0:48, Odds 9:26, Picks, Both: Fialho (We actually talked about this fight first due to the wiki page being wrong)
Tracy Cortez vs. Melissa Gatto — At 50:31, Odds 1:02:18, Picks, Both: Cortez
Kleydson Rodrigues vs. CJ Vergara — At 1:02:35, Odds 1:09:21, Picks, Both: Rodrigues
Lupita Godinez vs. Ariane Carnelossi — At 1:10:00, Odds 1:16:05, Picks, Both: Godinez
Journey Newson vs. Fernie Garcia — At 1:16:26, Odds 1:24:03, Picks, Zane: Newson, Connor: Garcia
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 53: Font vs. Aldo — Zane went 8/11, while Connor went 7/11. So far, here are the overall standings: Zane is now 574/893 and Connor is now 545/893. Reference: Vivi Picks Stats - Sheet1.pdf
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