Our fight night picks on Saturday night delivered a couple of solid wins, with a couple of ones that got away.

The Price WAS right!


Our featured pick in the Alan Jouban vs Niko Price fight came storming home, as Price not only defeated Jouban, but also did it via our predicted method of victory – TKO/KO.

Price stung Jouban early and finished him in impressive fashion to take his unbeaten run to 11 and announce himself as a dangerous prospect for anyone in the UFC’s 170-lb welterweight division.


Grasso was green

Our other big winner of the night was Mexican strawweight star Alexa Grasso, who delivered the best performance of her UFC career to defeat the super-tough Canadian Randa Markos.

Question marks were raised after Grasso failed to make weight for the strawweight contest, but despite missing weight by three pounds, the fight went ahead as a catchweight contest, with the Mexican running out the split-decision winner after a thrilling three-rounder.


The ones that got away…

But they didn’t all go our way on Saturday night, with a couple of decisions going against us on the main card.


Brandon Moreno had a dominant opening round and came on strong in the fifth, but the middle three rounds belonged to Sergio Pettis, who took the unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecards (I scored it a 47-47 draw, courtesy of a 10-8 first round to Moreno).


The other near-miss came in the middleweight matchup between Sam Alvey and Rashad Evans, where we had the former light heavyweight champion picked to shade a three-round decision.

Unfortunately the call went the other way, as Alvey edged a split-decision after three uninspiring rounds.

The less said about this fight, the better. It wasn’t good to watch.


We now have a break in UFC action, with the next event scheduled for September 2 in Rotterdam, Holland. But pugilistic punters need not worry, as Mayweather-McGregor mania is about to kick into top gear ahead of their megabucks clash on August 26.

We’ll have a lot more on that in the days and weeks to come…


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