UFC Philadelphia on ESPN2 is going to have some can’t miss fights tonight.
The co-main event between David Branch(Even) and Jack Hermansson(-130) will be for who can claim, king of the top game. Hermansson has self-proclaimed himself as the best of the top game in the division but Branch will have something to say about that in this fight. Branch is a very intelligent and well-rounded fighter. He is 37 and coming off a loss, so he needs to get back in the win column stat. He will look to keep the distance in this fight with his strikes and then capitalize and get the top game when he does start to wrestle with Hermansson. Hermansson is on a 2 fight win streak and seems to be expecting to make it 3 because he is saying he wants Chris Weidman next. He is very athletic and is going to push forward in this fight, wrestle and look for the top position. This fight is going to go to the ground and one guy will look to be dominant in the top game. I see that guy as Hermansson.
The main event with Edson Barboza(-120) vs Justin Gaethje(-110) is going to be a war that both will be lucky to walk away from. I expect blood and a lot of it, as long as the fight doesn’t end quick. Barboza has 21 UFC fight under his belt, so he is very seasoned. He has been practicing with Dustin Poirier, the last man that Gaethje lost to. Barboza will look to push forward keep from his back getting against the fence. His counter and kick game are lethal, so he is going to make Gaethje pay when he pressures him. Gaethje is the kind of guy that will have is body take extreme punishment for a win. He can do that though because he has a chin of steel and it is a tough task to put him away. The pressure that he brings is so fierce and, in your face, that most guys aren’t ready for it. I see this fight playing out with both standing up and both men staying in 6th gear. I see Gaethje with his hand raised at the end of this fight. Make sure to follow us because we have our “KO The Card” challenge coming up on April 13th. The winner of the challenge will receive a Max Holloway autographed photo and card. To see how to enter and the rules, please see below.
How it works is you will need to beat our pro’s fight card and score more points than the other participants. If there is a tie for points, we will randomly select a winner of the tied participants. You score points by picking the winner of the fight, what round and how it ends. Below is the point system. Winner will get posted on our social media and website as Champ of the “KO The Card” challenge and also, become one of the pros for the next card. Winner will be announced next week. To submit your picks, we will hopefully have a way to directly make picks from the home page of DenverBetting.com but if not, you can download the fight card and scan it in, take a picture of your picks and email them in or you can write your picks in an email (must be in an easy format to understand picks). You can submit any of those ways to KO@DenverSportsBetting.com.
Picking the winner:
1 point for picking the winner of the fight
3 points for picking a draw
Picking how it ends:
1 point for decision
2 point for picking KO/TKO
2 point for picking submission
3 point for a forfeit/DK. A fighter can announce a forfeit before a match begins if he’s injured.
5 points for picking No Contest
Picking the round:
1 point for picking a decision
2 point for picking the correct round the fight ends
* Odds via Bovada.lv