The UFC begins their international tour with a stop at the O2 Arena in London, England for UFC Fight Night 127. The main event takes place in the heavyweight division where Fabricio Werdum takes on Alexander Volkov.
Werdum enters the fight riding a two-fight winning streak. He took out Walt Harris with an armbar at UFC 216 and most recently he decisioned Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night 121. In his twenty-three pro victories, the forty year old Brazilian boasts eleven by submission to go along with six via (T)KO. A win here most likely gets Werdum back in the title mix.
Alexander Volkov enters Saturday night’s bout riding a ton of momentum. The twenty-nine year old Russian has won his previous five fights. His most win came at UFC Fight Night 115 where crumbled Stefan Struve in the third round.
The co-main event features a battle of light heavyweights when Jimi Manuwa goes up against Jan Blachowicz. Manuwa suffered a stunning knockout loss at the hands of Volkan Oezdemir forty-two seconds into his UFC 214 fight. Blachowicz enters the fight the winner of last two fights. His most recent win came at UFC on FOX 26 where he took a unanimous decision over Jared Cannonier.
The four-fight main card also includes Tom Duquesnoy against Terrion Ware and Leon Edwards vs. Peter Sobotta.
The entire card can be seen exclusively on Fight Pass. The early prelims start at 12:45PM CST with the main card beginning at 4PM CST.
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.
Fabricio Werdum (23-7-1) vs. Alexander Volkov (29-6) – Heavyweight 265 lbs.
Current Odds: Werdum -200; Volkov +160
Pick: Werdum by Submission
Jimi Manuwa (17-3) vs. Jan Blachowicz (21-7) – Light Heavyweight 205 lbs.
Current Odds: Manuwa -220; Blachowicz +170
Pick: Blachowicz by Decision
Tom Duquesnoy (15-2, 1 NC) vs. Terrion Ware (17-6) – Bantamweight 135 lbs.
Current Odds: Duquesnoy -350; Ware +270
Pick: Duquesnoy by Decision
Leon Edwards (14-3) vs. Peter Sobotta (17-5-1) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Edwards -220; Sobotta +170
Pick: Edwards by Decision
John Phillips (21-6, 1 NC) vs. Charles Byrd (9-4) – Middleweight 185 lbs.
Current Odds: Phillips -120; Byrd -110
Pick: Byrd by Submission
Danny Roberts (14-3) vs. Oliver Enkamp (7-1) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Roberts -185; Enkamp +155
Pick: Roberts by Decision
Danny Henry (11-2) vs. Hakeem Dawodu (7-0-1) – Featherweight 145 lbs.
Current Odds: Dawodu -335; Henry +265
Pick: Dawodu by (T)KO
Paul Craig (9-2) vs. Magomed Ankalaev (9-0) – Light Heavyweight 205 lbs.
Current Odds: Ankalaev -550; Craig +400
Pick: Ankalaev by (T)KO
Stevie Ray (21-7) vs. Kajan Johnson (22-12-1) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Ray -175; Johnson +145
Pick: Ray by Decision
Mark Godbeer (13-3) vs. Dmitry Sosnovskiy (10-0) – Heavyweight 265 lbs.
Current Odds: Sosnovskiy -280; Godbeer +220
Pick: Sosnovskiy by (T)KO
Nad Narimani (10-2) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (8-2) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Haqparast -145; Narimani +115
Pick: Haqparast by Decision
Enjoy the fights!