UFC Vegas 26 - Rodriguez vs Waterson Predictions & More

May 6, 2021

UFC Vegas 26 should have been an absolute banger of a Fight Night, and it is still a quality one, just not on the level it originally was. The original main event banger between TJ Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen had to be postponed. The new main event between Marina Rodriguez and Michelle Waterson is certainly not a quality main event, but it is a quality fight. Fortunately for this card, quality fights are rampant on it. What we lack in the main event finale, we make up for in the fights leading up to. 


UFC Vegas 26 Predictions: Rodriguez vs Waterson & MORE

There are at least four high quality matchups on the main card, excluding the main event. Donald Cerrone takes on Alex Morono in the co-main event. This will be a great measuring stick as to just how steep of a decline Cowboy Cerrone has taken. Heavy handed Geoff Neal looks to bounce back from a loss to Wonderboy Thompson as he takes on long ranked Neil Magny. Amanda Ribas returns after her first promotional loss as she takes on Angela Hill. Finally, in the people’s main event, Gregor Gillespie, very similarly to Ribas, returns from a loss to take on Diego Ferreira. 

The above is why I say this remains quite a quality card, despite the absence of a reasonable main event. There are plenty of reasons to tune in, even before getting to our wagers. 

Speaking of our wagers, we will have four of them on this card, including a bet on the main event. Two of those bets will carry nearly +300 returns and the other two will be small minus figures. Let’s get to them.

Marina Rodriguez -210 vs Michelle Waterson

Fight is five rounds at 125 lbs and is -205 to end inside the distance. 

Betting Pick: Rodriguez ITD +275

Marcos Rogerio de Lima -190 vs Maurice Greene

Fight is at heavyweight and is -350 to end inside the distance. 

Betting Pick: Rogerio de Lima -190

Amanda Ribas -180 vs Angela Hill

Fight is at 115 lbs and is +150 to end inside the distance. 

Betting Pick: Ribas ITD +285

Kyle Daukaus -130 vs Phil Hawes

Fight is at 185 lbs and is -205 to end inside the distance. 

Betting Pick: Daukaus -130

Other Fight Predictions

👊 Alex Morono via KO over Donald Cerrone

👊 Geoff Neal via KO over Neal Magny

👊 Gregor Gillespie via decision over Diego Ferreira

👊 Ben Rothwell via decision over Phillipe Lins

👊 Ludovit Klein via KO over Mike Trizano

👊 Ryan Benoit via decision over Zarrukh Adashev

👊 Tafon Nchukwi via decision over Junyong Park

👊 Carlston Harris via KO over Christian Aguilera

TJ Calkins
TJ Calkins was raised in a gambling loving household. He knew how to handicap horse races and follow line movements well before his tenth birthday. While sports betting remained a passion into adulthood, poker and Daily Fantasy Sports also became passions and remain as such today.