The UFC puts on its second of four straight events on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, and featherweight contenders top the card.
UFC on ESPN 13 takes place Wednesday at Flash Forum in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The card airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+.
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In the main event, Calvin Kattar (21-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) takes on Dan Ige (14-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) in a featherweight bout. Kattar is more than a 3-1 favorite, and he’s got a big 11-3 lead in the picks from our 14 editors, writers, videographers and radio hosts.
In the co-main event, Ryan Benoit (10-6 MMA, 3-4 UFC) meets former flyweight title challenger Tim Elliott (15-11-1 MMA, 4-9 UFC). Elliott is just a slight favorite, but he’s got a big 10-4 picks advantage.
Also on the main card, Jimmie Rivera (22-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) fights Cody Stamann (19-2-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) in a bantamweight bout. Although it’s Rivera with a slight edge at the sportsbooks, it’s Stamann with a 10-4 rout in our picks.
Molly McCann (10-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) takes on Taila Santos (15-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a women’s flyweight fight that is a virtual pick’em from the oddsmakers. But despite that, McCann is our closest thing to a unanimous pick with a 13-1 lead from our staff members.
And to open the main card, Abdul Razak Alhassan (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is the biggest favorite on the main card, and he’s got a big 12-2 picks lead over promotional newcomer Mounir Lazzez (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who is fighting what amounts to a home bout.
In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Kattar (75 percent), Elliott (59 percent), Stamann (59 percent), McCann (67 percent) and Alhassan (87 percent) are the choices.
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Original article: https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/07/ufc-on-espn-13-predictions-picks-calvin-kattar-vs-dan-ige-abu-dhabi-fight-island/