The UFC is in its Apex facility in Las Vegas again on Saturday for a UFC Fight Night card headlined by Sodiq Yusuff vs. Edson Barboza at featherweight. It’s expected to be a tight matchup between two tough 145-pounders, but the veteran Barboza is the slight underdog at , while Yusuff is the favorite after winning eight of his last nine.
Below, we’ll take a closer look at all the betting odds for the entire UFC fight card, plus prop bets and analysis for Saturday’s main event.
UFC Fight Night main event odds
Sodiq Yusuff vs. Edson Barboza
Yusuff (13-2) is the younger fighter by seven years and also has a lot less mileage inside the meatgrinder of the UFC’s lower weight classes. He came into the promotion via Dana White’s Contender Series and has steadily climbed the 145-pound ranks, with only one loss in that time via decision against a very talented contender in Arnold Allen. Yusuff is a dangerous striker who isn’t afraid to initiate takedowns and scrambles from the clinch, but this particular matchup feels like it was made in the hopes of getting an exciting kickboxing match inside an MMA cage.
Barboza (23-11) is known for his vicious kicking game and one-shot finishing power, but at age 37, there have been some indications lately that the years could be catching up to him. He’s been in the UFC for 13 years and has faced an array of opposing styles at both lightweight and featherweight in that time. When the opponent allows Barboza to come forward, get set, and get his kicking game going, he’s very dangerous. He’s also added more takedowns as a threat to keep opponents honest when they’re inclined to charge in and crowd him.
The odds favor the younger fighter Yusuff, as they often do in bouts with an elder statesman of the lighter weight classes. But Barboza is still a tough matchup for any fighter, especially one with questions about his chin the way Yusuff has.
UFC Fight Night prop bet odds
UFC prop bets generally focus on when and how a fight will end. Both these fighters are kickboxing specialists, but Barboza has more knockouts in his career than Yusuff has wins. Only two of Barboza’s last five fights have gone the distance, with the others ending by knockout. Barboza only has one win by submission in his career, and he hasn’t been submitted in a fight since 2015. Yusuff’s wins have also come almost entirely via knockout or decision, with an even split between both. His first submission win as a professional came in his last fight. Three of his last five have gone the distance, though this will be his first five-round fight in the UFC.
Method of victory props
How to watch UFC Fight Night: Yusuff vs. Barboza
- Prelims – 4 p.m. ET, ESPN+
- Main card – 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+