In the main event, featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski (22-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) takes on challenger Brian Ortega (15-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC). Volkanovski is a -190 favorite at Tipico. And only one of our 13 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers is picking the +145 underdog Ortega to pull the upset.
In the co-feature, women’s flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko (21-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) is a massive -1800 favorite against challenger Lauren Murphy (15-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC). Not surprisingly, Shevchenko is one of two unanimous picks on our main card.
Also on the main card, Nick Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) returns for the first time in nearly seven years to take on former welterweight champ Robbie Lawler (28-15 MMA, 13-9 UFC) in a rematch at middleweight. Lawler is a -155 favorite, but he’s only got a 7-6 lead in the picks.
Our other unanimous pick is at heavyweight. Curtis Blaydes (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) is a -340 favorite against Jairzinho Rozenstruik (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), and he pitched a 13-0 shutout in the picks.
And to open the main card, former women’s strawweight champ Jessica Andrade (21-9 MMA, 12-7 UFC) is a -270 favorite at flyweight against Cynthia Calvillo (9-2-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC). Andrade has a big 10-3 lead in the picks.
In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Volkanovski (58 percent), Shevchenko (95 percent), Diaz (61 percent), Blaydes (71 percent) and Andrade (80 percent) are the choices.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden hosted budget talks Sunday with two pivotal senators in hopes of resolving lingering disputes over Democrats' long-stalled effort to craft an expansive social and environment measure. The White House said the session with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was held at the president's home in Delaware, where he was spending the weekend. Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., two of their party's most moderate membe
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<strong>Manchester United 0-5 Liverpool: </strong>Most extraordinary was that the historic result could have been so much worse as the visitors took their foot off the accelerator and coasted to victory
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Pakistan recorded an historic ten-wicket victory over arch-rivals India to get their T20 World Cup campaign off to a dream start. The win was Pakistan’s first ever over India at a World Cup in either format as opening pair Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan chased down a target of 152 runs with 13 balls to spare. India have had a stranglehold over their neighbours in World Cup matches, prevailing in each of the dozen previous occasions they had met - seven at 50-over level and five in T20s - but that was broken in jaw-dropping fashion.
OTTAWA — The majority of Canadian residents who received the federal Canada Recovery Benefit were continuous or repeat recipients of the now-ended aid program, An internal government analysis reveals. The assessment from Employment and Social Development Canada found that by early June, 1.5 million, or about 75 per cent of the 1.8 million unique recipients of the benefit, were continuous or repeat beneficiaries. Among them were some 627,000 recipients who applied and received the benefit for mon
Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick as Manchester United were ripped apart by relentless rivals Liverpool to leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under the most intense scrutiny of his near three years in charge. The 202nd meeting of two of English football’s biggest rivals will live long in the memory after Jurgen Klopp’s men ran amok and recorded the club’s biggest win at Old Trafford. Liverpool were as impressive as United were poor, with scintillating Salah’s treble complementing early goals from Naby Keita and Diogo Jota in a 5-0 rout in which substitute Paul Pogba was sent off.