(Note: The motherboard match between James Krause and Claudio Silva was added too late for our election deadline.)
The UFC remains on its “Fight Island” at home this week with a long-awaited featherweight matchup at the top of the map.
The UFC on ESPN + 38 takes place on Saturday at the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The card streams on ESPN +.
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In the main event, Brian Ortega (14-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) takes on “The Korean Zombie”, Chan Sung Jung (16-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC), in a matchup between former featherweight title challengers. Jungn is a 2-1
In the co-feature, former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade (20-8 MMA, 11-6 UFC) takes over the newer female challenger of the title with flyweight Katlyn Chookagian (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) in a 125-pound fight. Andrade is the mild favorite and she has a big lead of 11-3 picks.
Also on the main card, Modestas meets Bukauskas (11-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) Jimmy Crute (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a light heavyweight fight. Crute is the biggest favorite on the motherboard, but he only has 8-6 choice lead.
And to open the main card, Thomas Almeida (22-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) fights Jonathan Martinez (12-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in bantamweight. Almeida returns from a lengthy firing and is a small favorite in the sports books. He also has a 10-4 lead from our constituents.
In MMA Junkie readers’ consensus choices, Jung (69 percent), Andrade (64 percent), Crute (78 percent) and Almeida (80 percent) are the options.
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