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UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Korean Zombie Weigh-In Results and Breakdown
August 25, 2023
UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Korean Zombie will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2023, with a very early start time for those here in the States at 5:00 AM. The event is being held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium with 13 fights scheduled. The weigh-ins were held on Friday, August 25, 2023, with all of the fighters making weight! Here are some notes we took during the event that could play a part in your UFC betting on Saturday.
Max Holloway (146) vs. Chan Sung Jung (146)
In the main event, Max Holloway is -700. Both fighters weighed in at the same and again, I just don't play guys at -700. I think Max wins, no doubt, but ain't worth -700.
Anthony Smith (205.5) vs. Ryan Spann (205)
The rematch is set for tomorrow between Smith and Spann. In the first match, Smith choked out Spann in the first round. In that fight, Smith was the -165 favorite. He won that fight easily and now, comes in as a +125 dog? The reason, he has lost back-to-back fights since his fight with Spann. Spann on the other side, has gone 2-1 since their last fight. Before we give out play, let me say that I read several places the past two days that Anthony Smith is old and on the downside of his career and that very well may be true but he is only 3 years older than Spann. Don't be swayed by that age factor. Give us the dog here to win again over Spann.
Official Play: Anthony Smith +125 for 1 Unit
Alex Caceres (145.5) vs. Giga Chikadze (146)
There was a definite difference in the looks between Giga and Alex. Alex was his happy go luck self while Giga looked like he hates the world! Giga looked sort of tired and moved slow. Something to definitely pay attention to.
Fernie Garcia (135.5) vs. Rinya Nakamura (135)
Two guys nearly identical in every aspect of size, but the big difference here is Nakamura traveled a few hours, Fernie a few thousand miles! Hope Fernie can handle a lot of early pressure because we think he will see a lot of it. That said, at -900, Rinya isn't worth my money! Hard pass for us!
Erin Blanchfield (125.5) vs. Taila Santos (124.5)
This one is one of the best fights on the card and one that we are most looking forward to. Blanchfield came in 1-pound heavier but both are nearly the same in every other category. Blanchfield is the -153 favorite here with Santos returning +133. For now, we don't have a play but lean to the dog.
Parker Porter (256) vs. Junior Tafa (255)
If you are looking for muscular physiques, this is definitely NOT the fight for you. Porter is short, stocky, and flabby and Tafa has a dad-bod. This fight just doesn't interest us at all. They've both gone up in weight by a few pounds from their last fight and that normally is not a good sign. Fade this fight!
Lukasz Brzeski (243) vs. Waldo Cortes-Acosta (264)
Very interesting fight here in the heavyweight division. Cortes-Acosta has a 21-pound weight advantage. On paper, they are both listed at 6'04 and both have a reach of 78 inches. That said, at the weigh-ins Brzeski looked like he was at a minimum 3-4 inches taller? It was that obvious. We are avoiding this fight but there may be some value on Brzeski if this line, of +185 continues to rise.
Garrett Armfield (135) vs. Toshiomi Kazama (135.5)
Both guys will be looking for their first win in the UFC. Armfield is moving from 145 to 135, and looked pretty good at the scales. Kazama refused to shake hands with Armfield and then in the stairdown, he sort of gave him a slight head-butt. This should be a very good fight. If Armfield retains his power from the 145 division, he should be able to finish Kazama. Armfield is sitting at -150 right now at the time of this publication however if this comes down to -120 to -135, this will be a 1 unit play..... but not at this number.
Chidi Njokuani (185.5) vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk (186)
Chidi has a 6 inch reach advantage and a 3 inch height advantage here. They basically weighed in at the same, with Olesiejczuk coming in a half-pound heavier. The odds here at basically a coin toss but that round total play here is looking mighty sweet. The line is set at -245 for the fight to end prior to the 2.5 round mark. Not really a fan of the -245 but we do think this fight ends in a finish, most likely a knockout for one of these guys. Let's hold off here and look for a prop play on Saturday morning.
Rolando Bedoya (170.5) vs. Song Kenan (170)
Something we immediately noticed here is Rolando Bedoya did not look like himself at the weigh-ins. When we watched tape on Bedoya, he looked cut and muscular but at the weigh-ins, he looked soft and flabby. Not sure if that is because he didn't train hard enough for this fight or what, but there was definitely a noticeable difference. He will be facing Kenan Song, who is coming in off a 3
rd KO at the hands of probably the best prospect in the welterweight division, Ian Machado Garry (13-0). Bedoya is -345 and folks, we just don't see it. Song Kenan is +284 at BetOnline and we will take a shot here on him.
Official Play: Song Kenan +284 for 1 Unit
Billy Goff 8-2 (170) vs. Yusaku Kinoshita 6-2 (170.5)
A few things to point out here... first, Kinoshita had a height advantage that looked much more than the 2 inches that are listed by heights. Additionally, Kinoshita looked really good at the weigh-ins. He looked happy, excited and really looked fresh. He will be facing Billy Goff, who is making his UFC debut, and flying around the world to face Yusaku in the southeast! Kinoshita is just -137 here at BetOnline. Might be something to keep our eyes on.
JJ Aldrich 11-6 (126) vs. Liang Na 19-6 (126)
Both fighters came in at the same weight of 126. Liang is 0-2 in the UFC and in both fights, she looked like a fish out of water. She gassed drastically in her fight with Ariane Carnelossi and was submitted quick by Silvana Gomez Juarez. She is now facing a striker in JJ Aldrich and with a loss here, she could be given her pink slip.
Seungwoo Choi 10-6 (146) vs. Jarno Errens 13-4-1 (145)
Both fighters have about the same experience here with Choi being 10-6 and Errens being 13-4-1. One thing we picked up on here is the fact that Choi looked very much tired. Not sure if the weight cut played a part in why he looked tired or if it is just his calm demeanor, but there was definitely a look of tiredness from Choi. There may be some value here on Errens, who is sitting at +130 currently over the hometown product in Choi.
Written By: Christopher Dykes
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