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The MMA Vivisection - UFC Vegas 67: Strickland vs. Imavov 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 fight on the card. From Sean Strickland vs. Nassourdine Imavov in the main event down to Priscila Cachoeira vs. Sijara Eubanks in the opening prelim.

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I’m not necessarily sure that the main event of UFC Vegas 67 got better with Sean Strickland’s late entry into the headlining bout against Nassourdine Imavov, but it certainly creates more questions about just what kind of fight fans are going to see. With the fight up at 205, will Strickland be fit for 5 rounds? Will Imavov be helped by not having to cut? Can Strickland still make this a pace fight? The rest of the card is fine, if not terribly notable—although Raoni Barcelos vs. Umar Nurmagomedov should be a thriller.

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

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Here’s a look at the UFC Vegas 67 fight card as it stood at the time of recording:

ESPN+ MAIN CARD | 7pm & 4pm ET/PT
Sean Strickland vs. Nassourdine Imavov – At 5:29, Odds 23:07, Picks, Both: Strickland
Dan Ige vs. Damon JacksonAt 24:55, Odds 38:58, Picks, Both: Ige
Punahele Soriano vs. Roman KopylovAt 40:37, Odds 49:59, Picks, Both: Soriano
Ketlen Vieira vs. Raquel PenningtonAt 51:18, Odds 1:02:16, Picks, Zane: Vieira, Connor: Pennington
Umar Nurmagomedov vs. Raoni BarcelosAt 1:04:00, Odds 1:18:39, Picks, Zane: Nurmagomedov, Connor: Barcelos

ESPN+ PRELIMS | 4pm & 1pm ET/PT
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Claudio RibeiroAt 5:57, Odds skipped?, Picks, Both: Alhassan
Mateusz Rębecki vs. Nick FioreAt 16:18, Odds 24:21, Picks, Both: Rebecki
Javid Basharat vs. Mateus MendonçaAt 24:56, Odds 35:13, Picks, Both: Basharat
Allan Nascimento vs. Carlos HernandezAt 36:29, Odds 41:56, Picks, Both: Nascimento
Daniel Argueta vs. Nick AguirreAt 42:11, Odds 50:12, Picks, Both: Argueta
Jimmy Flick vs. Charles JohnsonAt 50:29, Odds 1:00:28, Picks, Both: Johnson
Priscila Cachoeira vs. Sijara EubanksAt 1:03:10, Odds 1:09:06, Picks, Both: Eubanks


For those of you following the picks made on the show, we started tracking them with the July 13th, 2020 Vivisection shows for UFC Fight Island 1: ‘Kattar vs. Ige’. So far, here are the overall standings:

  • For our last event, UFC Vegas 66 ‘Cannonier vs. Strickland’:
    Zane picked 8/13 for 62% and Connor picked 7/13 for 54%.
    (The Marquez vs Winn bout they picked for was cancelled when Winn withdrew.)
  • Overall stats from UFC Fight Island 1 in July, 2020, through UFC Vegas 66 in Dec, 2022:
    Zane went 800/1242 for 64% and Connor went 754/1242 for 61%
  • 2022 Stats:
    Zane went 330/505 for 65% and Connor went 312/505 for 62%
  • 2021 Stats:
    Zane went 305/493 for 65% and Connor went 285/493 for 59%
  • July-Dec 2020 Stats:
    Zane went 164/244 for 67% and Connor went 157/244 for 64%

Stats Reference Spreadsheet: Vivi Picks Stats_1.11.23.pdf

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