This weekend’s UFC Vegas 66 card will be the final event of the year for the promotion and the matchmakers have put together a pretty solid lineup to cap things off for the year with a bang.
Sean Strickland vs Jared Cannonier will be headlining the event in a matchup that could determine who gets a future shot at new UFC Middleweight champion Alex Pereira if former champion Israel Adesanya chooses not to have a rematch immediately.
Even if the Adesanya and Pereira rematch is the route the promotion goes next, the winner of Strickland and Cannonier will certainly put themselves into a solid position to likely receive a future shot, with Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa also being in the picture.
There are currently 14 fights scheduled for Saturday barring any last-minute cancellations or issues, which we have unfortunately already seen plenty of times so far this year and in recent months.
Personally, I’m looking forward to watching the co-main event of this card which will feature Armen Tsarukyan vs Damir Ismagulov.
Despite coming into this fight after a close loss to Mateusz Gamrot earlier this year, Tsarukyan is one of the most dangerous and well-rounded fighters in the lightweight division.
However, he will certainly have his hands full against Ismagulov, who enters on a 19-fight winning streak, and one another fighter with a potentially bright future in the division.
That fight definitely has a solid chance to end up receiving a Fight of the Night bonus when all of the dust settles on Saturday night.
Some other fights that should be highly entertaining and could also see some bonuses at the end of the night: Drew Dober taking on Bobby Green, Said Nurmagomedov against Saidyokub Kakhramonov, and Bryan Battle stepping in on short notice to face Rinat Fakhretdinov.
Amiz Albazi is currently the biggest betting favorite on the card with a moneyline ranging from -435 to -500 depending on which sportsbook you are using.
No other fighter that is favored has a moneyline above -300 as of now, and almost two thirds of them are currently at -200 or below, so there should be a lot of fairly close fights on this card.
This will be the final event for the promotion until January 14, 2023, when UFC Vegas 67 is currently scheduled to take place to kick things off for the new year.
Which fights are you looking forward to the most on this card? Which fighters do you think will walk away with some bonus money for the holidays? Let us know in the comments section!
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