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Sport UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt odds, predictions: MMA insider releases surprising fight card picks

18:35  20 may  2021
18:35  20 may  2021 Source:   cbssports.com

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Former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt takes on rising contender Rob Font in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt on Saturday. Their clash tops the main UFC fight card that is set to start at 7 p.m. ET, and the winner could be in line for a title shot in the top-heavy division. The fourth-ranked Garbrandt is a former champion who is looking to reenter the title picture following a stretch in which injuries and losses derailed his career. The fourth-ranked Font could state his case for a title shot by earning his fourth consecutive victory against world-class competition.

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The fight is a pick'em in the latest Font and Garbrandt odds from William Hill Sportsbook. Before locking in any UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt picks of your own, make sure you see the latest MMA predictions from SportsLine insider Ian Parker.

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A former fighter who's been in the industry for 15 years, Parker has managed some of the world's best, including former UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman, Costas Philippou and Gian Villante. Parker trained alongside UFC Hall of Famer Matt Serra. Now, Parker breaks down fights and makes betting picks for the Voice of the UFC, Jon Anik.

Parker is coming off a mind-boggling 2020 season. On the Anik & Florian Podcast, Parker went an astounding 58-14, returning $9,465 to $100 bettors who followed him. He hit 11 of his 17 underdog picks and 19 of 30 main events. Overall, Parker nailed an astonishing 81 percent of his plays.

Parker has already proven his mettle to SportsLine members. Over the past two UFC Fight Nights, Parker has gone 14-2 to give his followers a profit of nearly $1,300. His 7-1 record last week included telling SportsLine members to back Marina Rodriquez (-200) against Michelle Waterson (+175) in the strawweight main event. Rodriguez controlled the action to earn a runaway unanimous decision. Anyone who has followed Parker already has seen massive returns.

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Now, with UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt in sight, Parker has studied the MMA odds and matchups from every angle and released his top picks. You can only see them here.

UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt preview

Parker knows the main event provides a matchup between two of the most explosive fighters in a division that has seen recent movement at the top. Aljamain Sterling is the new champion after former champ Petr Yan was disqualified in the fourth round of their title fight in March at UFC 259.

UFC president Dana White has pushed for a rematch between Sterling and Yan, who was winning on the scorecards before landing an illegal knee. However, Sterling has been noncommittal about the rematch, leaving the door open to Saturday's winner for a potential title bid.

Font (18-4) has emerged as one of the division's most versatile fighters and his growing resume is difficult to ignore. His recent win streak started with a victory over Sergio Pettis, who has since left the promotion and become Bellator's bantamweight champion.

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The 33-year-old Massachusetts native fought just once in 2020 and stopped former title-challenger Marlon Moraes in the first round of their December clash.

Garbrandt (12-3) won the title with one of the most memorable bantamweight performances in recent memory. He outclassed long-reigning champion Dominick Cruz with a cocktail of fundamentally sound and flashy moves in their December 2016 fight. Garbrandt got his hand raised by unanimous decision.

He lost the title and a subsequent rematch against rival T.J, Dillashaw, who would later receive a two-year suspension related to the use of banned substances. The 29-year-old power striker snapped a three-fight skid with a stoppage win over Raphael Assuncao last June. You can only see Parker's coveted Font vs. Garbrandt picks here.

Top UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt predictions

We'll share one of Parker's UFC Fight Night picks here: He is backing Jack Hermansson (-155) to defeat Edmen Shahbazyan (+135) in a battle of middleweight prospects.

Hermansson (21-6) was once a fast-rising prospect who appeared headed toward a title shot behind a four-fight win streak. But he took a step back with losses in two of his past three against top-ranked contenders.

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Shahbazyan (11-1) is similarly looking to get back on track after suffering the first loss of his professional MMA career. The power puncher took the first loss of his career when he was stopped by veteran Derek Brunson in the third round of their August fight.

"If Shahbazyan can't land that power right hand early on Hermansson, then he is going to be in a world of trouble," Parker told SportsLine.

How to make UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt picks

Parker also has strong picks for Font vs. Garbrandt and other top fights on the UFC Fight Night card. He is also backing one fighter who has a "tough pace that not many can compete with." Those UFC picks are only available at SportsLine.

Who wins Font vs. Garbrandt? And which fighter is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed UFC Fight Night picks, all from the ultimate insider who's up nearly $9,500 on MMA picks in the past year, and find out.

UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt odds, fight card

Rob Font (-110) vs. Cody Garbrandt (-110)

Yan Xianonan (-125) vs. Carla Esparza (+105)

Justin Tafa (-190) vs. Jared Vanderra (+170)

Felicia Spencer (-150) vs. Norma Dumont (+130)

David Dvorak (-150) vs. Raulian Paiva (+130)

Jack Hermansson (-155) vs. Edmen Shahbazyan (+135)

Bill Algeo (-120) vs. Ricardo Ramos (+100)

Court McGee (-110) vs. Claudio Silva (-110)

Damir Hadzovic (-120) vs. Yancy Medeiros (+100)

Joshua Culibao (-250) vs. Yilan Sha (+210)

Bruno Silva (-320) vs. Victor Rodriguez (+260)

Damir Ismagulov (-550) vs. Rafael Alves (+425)

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