UFC Fight Night Predictions – Islam Makhachev vs. Bobby Green: Fight Card, Odds, Start Time, Live Stream

Islam Makhachev and Bobby Green are set for five rounds of mayhem with title implications at UFC Fight Night on Saturday night. Makhachev is campaigning for a UFC title, while Green steps in at short notice to throw a wrench in those plans at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Makhachev (21-1) is determined to eliminate all doubts about his next election for a UFC lightweight championship. A scheduled match with Beneil Dariush was seen by many as a title eliminator. Dariush was forced out of the fight with an injury and now the optics are different. A win by any means may not be enough to secure Makhachev a title shot against Charles Oliveira’s winner against Justin Gaethje. Makhachev must exercise his will on Green, a short-notice replacement known primarily for his boxing. Makhachev, a dominant grappler, enters a nine-fight streak with five finishes.

“Of course, because that’s going to be my 10-fight winning streak, and I really believe that’s the key to the title fight,” Makhachev told reporters at Wednesday’s media day. “I think Oliveira is going to beat Justin Gaethje, and [it will be] 11-game winning streak vs. 10-game winning streak. This is going to be a great fight for all my fans.

“I have to finish Bobby Green, first round, and I will.”

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Green (29-12-1) has the opportunity to write a big twist in MMA history. He is a major underdog heading into Saturday night. Green took the fight on two weeks’ notice after a three-round bout on Feb. 12 at UFC 271 against a completely different style of opponent and would rather stand and trade than win the fight no matter what. method. A classic modern-day striker vs grappler match, Green has his hands full with Makhachev.

“With Islam, he does what he does, but to be honest, it’s kind of boring,” Green told the pre-fight presser. “Nobody wants to see him. Nobody cares. I fall asleep watching his fights, and then it’s, ‘Oh, that’s the end.’ They can show a bunch of finishes, which is cool, but it was [sleepy] and boring and it was dull.

“So that’s the real test, make someone boring, exciting. How can I do that? Can I do that? Can I get that one out of my ass? I think I can do that.. . It’s gonna be fun. That’s all. I want to make it fun.”

The evening’s co-main event follows Misha Cirkunov’s continued journey at middleweight against Wellington Turman. The former light heavyweight contender narrowly missed out on his 185-pound debut against Krzysztof Jotko in October. Turman has some tidying up to do after a split decision win over a limping Sam Alvey. Turman clearly took the fight, but he was deducted a point twice in the third round due to eyeballs. Outside of the main event, ranked lightweight Arman Tsarukyan is the fighter to watch. A win on Saturday should position him for a significant top-10 opponent in his next fight.

Here’s the fight card for UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. Green with the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

UFC Fight Night card, odds

Islam Makhachev -900

Bobby Green +600


Micha Cirkunov -120

Wellington Tourman +100

Average weight

Ji Yeon Kim-170

Priscilla Cachoeira

Women’s Flyweight

Arman Tsarukyan-220

Joel Alvarez +180


UFC Fight Night Display Information

Dated: February 26 | Start time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: UFC Apex – Las Vegas, Nevada
Television/Broadcast: ESPN+


Islam Makhachev vs. Bobby Green: This is the worst case scenario for Green in terms of style matches. Kudos to him for taking the fight on short notice, but I doubt Green can beat Makhachev even with a full training camp. Green, by his own admission, is more drawn to exciting fights than capturing championships. Combat sports need fighters like Green, but that guiding principle often falls short of what is required to compete at the absolute highest level in the sport. Makhachev’s offensive grappling is a difficult puzzle to solve. A boxing-focused fighter more concerned with entertaining than winning by any means necessary isn’t the answer to the Makhachev riddle. Makhachev insisted a first-round finish was needed. Given the pairing on short notice, I expect Makhachev to take a bit longer and get a timing read from Green. Choose: Makahchev via SUB2

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