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The UFC is back in its “Sin City” home base with a slightly delayed women’s strawweight bout at the top of the card.
UFC Fight Night 224 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card streams on ESPN+.
In the main event, Mackenzie Dern (12-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) takes on Angela Hill (15-12 MMA, 10-12 UFC) in a women’s 115-pound matchup that was supposed to take place this past week at UFC on ABC 4 until it was pulled to headline this card. Jiu-jitsu ace Dern nearly is a 2-1 favorite at most sportsbooks, and she’s got a big lead in the picks from our 11 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers, who have it as a blowout for her at 10-1.
In the co-feature, Anthony Hernandez (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) meets Edmen Shahbazyan (12-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in a middleweight matchup. Hernandez is a big favorite at nearly 3-1, but only three of our staff members are picking him and have Shahbazyan in an upset at 8-3.
Also on the main card, Emily Ducote (12-7 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Loopy Godinez (9-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) fight at a 120-pound contract weight, granted due to the short notice for Godinez, who stepped in for Polyana Viana. Godinez is a mild favorite, and she’s got a 7-4 lead in the picks.
And to open the main card at lightweight, Michael Johnson (21-18 MMA, 13-14 UFC) will try to get back to .500 in the UFC when he takes on Diego Ferreira (17-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC). Ferreira is a -150 favorite and has a big 8-3 lead from our pickers.
In the MMA Junkie consensus picks, Dern (79 percent), Hernandez (54 percent), Godinez (74 percent), Buckley (69 percent) and Johnson (52 percent) are the choices.
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