Two of the lightweight division’s top prospects square off in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Tsarukyan vs. Gamrot on Saturday as No. 11-ranked Arman Tsarukyan takes on No. 12-ranked Mateusz Gamrot. match anchors the UFC Fight Night main card (10 p.m. ET) from the promotion’s Apex facility in Las Vegas. The winner will likely place in the top 10 in what is perhaps the promotion’s most talent-rich division. Coincidentally, both fighters lost their UFC debuts but have gone undefeated since, with Tsarukyan winning five in a row and Gamrot winning three in a row. This will be the first main event appearance for both prospects.
Tsarukyan is a -250 bet favorite (risk $250 to win $100), while Gamrot is priced at +210 in Caesars Sportsbook’s latest UFC Fight Night: Tsarukyan vs. Gamrot odds. In the co-main event, welterweight contenders are in the spotlight as Shavkat Rakhmonov (-410) meets Neil Magny (+330). Before locking in any pick UFC Fight Night: Tsarukyan vs. gamrot, Be sure to check out MMA predictions and betting tips from SportsLine expert Andrew Gombas.
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Two weeks ago at UFC 275, Gombas swept the board with his main card picks and the five-fight sweep included telling SportsLine members to back Jake Matthews (+125) against Andre Fialho (- 145) in a clash of welterweight prospects. Matthews dominated from the start and scored a second-round stoppage to hand the Gombas supporters another easy winner. Everyone who has followed Gombas has already seen massive returns.
Now with UFC Fight Night: Tsarukyan vs. Gamrot (view tickets on StubHub) in view, Gombas studied the card from all angles and pulled out his top MMA picks. These picks are only available on SportsLine.
UFC Fight Night: Tsarukyan vs. Gamrot preview, guide
The winner of Saturday’s main event will have a head start in being considered for a title in a division teeming with contenders. The title is now officially vacant after defending champion Charles Oliveira was stripped of the belt for missing half a pound in weight ahead of his defense against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 in May. Oliveira won the fight but must now beat another opponent to reclaim the title, and he currently has no fight booked.
A potential rematch with No. 2-ranked Dustin Poirier is a possibility and there is an outpouring of fan support for a title match against No. 4-ranked Islam Makhachev. Other ranked contenders such as Beneil Dariush and Conor McGregor, who have been inactive while nursing injuries, could also be considered for the next title fight.
Thus, neither Tsarukyan nor Gamrot can afford to give ground in the rankings, and the only way to improve their profiles now is to fight.
Tsarukyan (18-2) is a versatile talent with five submissions and seven knockouts to his credit. The 25-year-old Armenian fighter has finished his last two opponents in two rounds, including a knockout of Joel Alvarez in February.
Gamrot (20-1-1), 31, also showed a lethal mix of standing power and grappling, as evidenced by his seven knockouts and five submissions among his 20 pro MMA wins. The Polish fighter has earned performance bonuses in three of his four UFC outings and is coming off a second-round stoppage of Carlos Diego Ferreira in December. You can only see who to support at UFC Fight Night here.
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We’ll share one of Gombas’ UFC Fight Night picks here: He backs Rodolfo Vieira (+130) to get the nod against Chris Curtis (-150) in a battle of middleweight prospects to kick off the main card.
Curtis (28-8) burst onto the UFC scene as a last-minute replacement last November and earned his spot on the roster with a first-round knockout of veteran Phil Hawes. The power puncher followed up that effort with a stoppage of prospect Brendan Allen in December.
Vieira (8-1) is an accomplished grappler who saw his three UFC wins come by submission. He earned a performance bonus for his third-round submission of Dustin Stoltzfus last July.
“Vieira is significantly taller than Curtis and has a massive wrestling advantage,” Gombas told SportsLine.
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Gombas also has strong picks for Tsarukyan vs. Gamrot and other bouts on the UFC Fight Night card. He also backs a fighter who “is a prolific finisher” to navigate to a dominant win. These UFC picks are only available on SportsLine.
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UFC Fight Night odds, fight card
Arman Tsarukyan (-250) against Mateusz Gamrot (+210)
Shavkat Rakhmonov (-410) against Neil Magny (+330)
JP Buys (-115) vs. Cody Durden (-105)
Thiago Moises (-240) against Christos Giagos (+200)
Mario Bautista (-155) against Brian Kelleher (+135)
Jinh Yu Frey (-250) against Vanessa Demopoulos (+210)
Carlos Ulberg (-125) against Tafon Nchuwki (+105)
Sergei Morozov (-135) against Raulian Paiva (+115)
TJ Brown (-200) against Shayilan Nuerdanbieke (+175)
Josh Parisien (-110) against Alan Baudot (-110)
Umar Nurmagomedov (-800) against Nate Maness (+550)
Chris Curtis (-150) against Rodolfo Vieira (+130)