The UFC returns after a week away and they’re bringing another unspectacular Fight Night with them. While the co-main event between Dan Ige and Movsar Evloev should thrill, there’s every chance that Alexander Volkov vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik ends up as a bit of a grind. Outside of those two bouts there are some clear opportunities for violence up and down the card, but relevance is low.
For fans looking to dive deeper into the undercard, check out the Prelims Vivi below.
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Here’s a look at the UFC Vegas 56 fight card as it stood at the time of recording:
ESPN+ MAIN CARD | 4pm/1pm ET&PT
Alexander Volkov vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik — At 5:53, Odds 23:38, Picks, Both: Rozenstruik
Dan Ige vs. Movsar Evloev — At 25:43, Odds 39:52, Picks, Zane: Evloev, Dan: Ige
Michael Trizano vs. Lucas Almeida — At 40:45, Odds 45:55, Picks, Both: Trizano
Poliana Botelho vs. Karine Silva — At 46:26, Odds 51:01, Picks, Both: Botelho
Zarrukh Adashev vs. Ode Osbourne — At 51:27, Odds 56:46, Picks, Both: Osbourne
Alonzo Menifield vs. Askar Mozharov — At 57:10, Odds 1:00:41, Picks, Both: Menifield
ESPN+ PRELIMS | 1pm/10am ET&PT
Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz — At 3:32, Odds 14:48, Picks, Both: Kowalkiewicz
Alex da Silva vs. Joe Solecki — At 15:13, Odds 24:40, Picks, Both: Solecki
Damon Jackson vs. Daniel Argueta — At 26:26, Odds 37:59, Picks, Both: Jackson
Benoit Saint-Denis vs. Niklas Stolze — At 39:36, Odds 52:59, Picks, Zane: Saint-Denis, Dan: Stolze
Tony Gravely vs. Johnny Munoz — At 53:34, Odds 1:03:50, Picks, Both: Gravely
Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Jeff Molina — At 1:04:09, Odds 1:12:52, Picks, Both: Molina
Andreas Michailidis vs. Rinat Fakhretdinov — At 1:13:23, Odds 1:20:36, Picks, Both: Fakhretdinov
Erin Blanchfield vs. JJ Aldrich — At 1:21:17, Odds 1:26:38, Picks, Both: Blanchfield
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 55: Holm vs. Vieira — Zane went 6/11, while Connor went 5/11. So far, here are the overall standings: Zane is now 605/942 and Connor is now 573/942. Per Zane, Dan’s picks are to stand in for Connor’s, therefore we went back to the UFC Vegas 41 episode where Dan stood in for Zane and put his picks into the stats for that event as well; previously, we did not tally any stats for that event. Reference: Vivi Picks Stats.pdf
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