UFC ON FOX 28 PREDICTIONS 2/24: Grocke’s updated odds and predictions for every fight


The UFC makes a stop at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida for UFC on FOX 28 on Saturday night. The main event takes place in the featherweight division where Josh Emmett takes on Jeremy Stephens in what should be an exciting bout.

After winning his first eleven professional fights, Josh Emmett finally suffered his first loss at UFC 210 dropping a split decision to Desmond Green. He has since bounced back by winning his previous two. His most recent victory came at UFC on FOX 26 where he finished Ricardo Lamas via TKO in the first round. Fighting out of Team Alpha Male, the thirty-two year old has four wins by KO/TKO, two via submission and seven decision wins.

Longtime UFC veteran, Jeremy Stephens enters Saturday night’s contest a winner of his previous two bouts. First, he took a unanimous decision over Gilbert Melendez at UFC 215 and most recently Stephens finished Doo Ho Choi by TKO at UFC Fight Night 124. The thirty-one year old makes the walk for the forty-first time on Saturday night. Twenty of Stephens’ twenty-seven pro wins have come via stoppage.

The co-main event takes place in the women’s strawweight division where Jessica Andrade will look to continue the momentum she gained after beating Claudia Gadleha in a one-sided affair at UFC Fight Night 117.  She takes on Tecia Torres who is looking to win her fourth fight in a row. Torres most recent win was against Michelle Waterson at UFC 218. The winner of this fight should be in line for a title shot against either Rosa Namajunas or Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

The four-fight main card also includes a light heavyweight bout between Ovince Saint Preux and Ilir Latifi and Mike Perry vs. Max Griffin in a battle of welterweights.

The early prelims will air on Fight Pass starting at 3:15 PM CT, with FOX taking over at 5 PM CT for the prelims. Keep it on FOX for the main card starting at 7 PM CT.

Here are the current odds and my predictions for each fight.

Note: The predictions in this column do not necessarily mean that I will be betting them. I have changed my mind in the past and gone the other way after conducting more research. For all of my official bets follow me on Twitter @FightChampBlog. You can also find all of my official MMA bets at betmmatips.com. For more information on my MMA bets go to thefightingchampion.com.


Main Card

Josh Emmett (13-1) vs. Jeremy Stephens (26-14) – Featherweight 145 lbs.

Current Odds: Stephens -165; Emmett +135

Pick: Stephens by Decision


Jessica Andrade (17-6) vs. Tecia Torres (10-1) – Strawweight 115 lbs.

Current Odds: Andrade -300, Torres +240

Pick: Andrade by Decision


Ovince Saint Preux (22-10) vs. Ilir Latifi (14-5, 1 NC) – Light Heavyweight 205 lbs.

Current Odds: Saint Preux -130; Latifi ev.

Pick: Saint Preux by KO/TKO


Mike Perry (11-2) vs. Max Griffin (13-4) – Welterweight 170 lbs.

Current Odds: Perry -355; Griffin +275

Pick: Perry by KO/TKO


Renan Barao (36-5, 1 NC) vs. Brian Kelleher (18-8) – Bantamweight 135 lbs.

Current Odds: Barao -155; Kelleher +125

Pick: Kelleher by Decision


Sara McMann (11-4) vs. Marion Reneau (8-3-1) – Bantamweight 135 lbs.

Current Odds: McMann -230; Reneau +180

Pick: McMann by Decision


Maryna Moroz (8-2) vs. Angela Hill (7-4) – Strawweight 115 lbs.

Current Odds: Hill -160; Moroz +130

Pick: Moroz by Decision


Ben Saunders (21-8-2) vs. Alan Jouban (15-6) – Welterweight 170 lbs.

Current Odds: Jouban -260; Saunders +210

Pick: Jouban by KO/TKO

Early Prelims

Sam Alvey (31-10, 1 NC) vs. Marcin Prachnio (13-2) – Light Heavyweight 205 lbs.

Current Odds: Prachnio -255; Alvey +205

Pick: Prachnio by Decision


Rani Yahya (24-9, 1 NC) vs. Russell Doane (15-7) – Bantamweight 135 lbs.

Current Odds: Yahya -250; Doane +200

Pick: Yahya by KO/TKO


Eric Shelton (11-4) vs. Alex Perez (19-4) – Flyweight 125 lbs.

Current Odds: Perez -155; Shelton +125

Pick: Shelton by Decision


Albert Morales (7-3-1) vs. Manny Bermudez (10-0) – Bantamweight 135 lbs.

Current Odds: Bermudez -155; Morales +145

Pick: Bermudez by Submission


Enjoy the fights!


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