Hello fight fans, we’re back with an amazing night of fights this weekend at the UFC Apex. It is going to be a tough act to follow last week’s epic PPV but trust us when we say this, we believe this card is a sleeper.
This fight card has some incredible matchups which cannot be missed by our true fight fans.
A quick recap of last week’s event, we had some amazing fights and some great bets cash in. The City Kickboxing stalwarts in Dan Hooker and champion Alexander Volkanovski came through last week for us. We hope for some cracking fights this week, and we’ve got some great picks for you guys again, so as always, let’s dive right in!
Thiago Santos vs Johnny Walker
Let’s get straight into the main event, this fight is so amazing, and we cannot emphasize it enough.
There is an explosion surrounding this fight all around and this is set to be one of the best bangers of the year.
Former Title challenger Thiago “Maretta” Santos has had a few setbacks lately but his comeback pathway will see him facing the explosive don’t blink phenom, Johnny Walker.
Thiago Santos is one of the pound-for-pound hardest punchers in the UFC and he has proven his knockout power against the best on the UFC roster time and again.
Originally starting as a Welterweight, Thiago moved his way up to now in the Light Heavyweight division and has managed to retain his power through his rise.
Thiago has knocked out some beasts through his journey in current champion Jan Blachowicz, Anthony Smith, and Jimi Manuwa. Thiago has had some losses recently, but his 15 career knockouts prove that he can switch your lights out in seconds.
Thiago’s counterpart this week is the crazy knockout artist Johnny Walker. Coming off an impressive win against Ryan Spann, Walker has proven that he can come out on top in a firefight.
Walker has impressed fight fans with freakish flying knee and spinning backfist knockouts of tough contenders in Justin Ledet and Misha Cirkunov.
He is a fighter who makes things happen and some of his losses do not do justice to his talent.
Walker has also had 15 career knockouts and has an incredibly impressive finish rate of 94% which will be tested by Maretta this weekend.
This fight is not tough to imagine, someone is getting knocked out for sure. Both these fighters are very explosive in their approach and rely on their knockout power to get the job done.
Both of them being involved in many wars over their career, we do not think they will be able to take each other’s punches till the later rounds.
Santos will take a boxing approach to this fight as he is coming off knee surgery, and he will look to land bombs early.
Contrarily, Johnny Walker will look to make something happen, he can compromise the movement of Santos with leg kicks and land something explosive as he might have the speed advantage here.
As always, our first pick comes on the prelims in an exciting lightweight bout between Jamie Mullarkey and Devonte Smith.
This is a good fight between two great upcoming strikers, and we like Jamie Mullarkey as an underdog here.
He is a good striker, has knockout power, and has gained experience in his losses to superior opponents in Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski and rank 12 lightweight Brad Riddell.
We were impressed with Jamie’s last fight where he got a knockout win in under 1 minute against a tough Khama Worthy. Ultimately at 2.30, we are backing the Aussie contender to get the job done.
Our next pick comes in the co-main event fight between Kevin Holland and Kyle Daukaus.
Kevin Holland set the record for most wins in a year when he won five straight in 2020 and was predicted to go on a title eliminator run.
Holland lost to Derek Brunson & Marvin Vettori, which in hindsight are not bad losses at all.
After beating Holland, Derek Brunson beat Darren Till and is set up for a title eliminator against Jared Cannonier, and Marvin Vettori fought for the world title.
Kevin Holland has a step down in competition this weekend and we think he is still a great striker. We pick Kevin Holland to get the win this weekend.
Our final pick comes in the main event, which is set to be an incredible fight. We are not sure of who wins this fight, but we are certain that this one is ending soon.
15 out of 17 of Walker’s finishes have come in the first round which shows that Walker believes in ending the night early.
Walker has also been dropped multiple times in his short career and Thiago Santos is the strongest puncher he will face in his career who also has 8 first-round career finishes.
All the stats lean towards an early finish and we like the under 1.5 rounds in this one. So don’t blink, enjoy the fights and bet smart fight fans.