UFC Fight Night: Font vs Vera odds, predictions, schedule: MMA expert reveals surprising fight card picks

Rob Font is set to make his third straight main event appearance, but the bantamweight contender knows it could be his last for quite some time if he doesn’t pick up the win. 5-ranked Font takes on No. 8-ranked Marlon Vera in the UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Mera main event on Saturday, with the winner taking an inside track to a title shot. Font has headlined twice and split those fights, but is coming off a lopsided loss to former champion Jose Aldo. Font told the media this week that another headlining fight shows the UFC brass have faith in him, but now he has to justify it. Vera, who has won two games in a row, will make her first appearance at the top of the card. The main fight card begins at 7 p.m. ET.

Font is a -130 favorite (risk $130 to win $100), while Vera returns to +110 in the latest UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Vera odds from Caesars Sportsbook. In the co-main event, the heavyweights are in the spotlight as former champion Andrei Arlovski (-145) meets veteran Jake Collier (+125). Before making any UFC Fight Night: Font vs Vera picks, be sure to check out MMA predictions and betting tips from SportsLine fight expert Andrew Gombas.

Gombas is a former NCAA wrestler who draws on his experience on the mat to dissect the Xs and O’s of MMA matchups in a way that sets him apart from other MMA analysts. He launched MMA handicapping service MMA Knockout Bets in 2018 and has turned a profit every year since.

With over 1,400 caps tracked by third-party monitoring service Bet MMA, it has shown a 6% return on investment for its subscribers. Over the past two years, his followers have made a profit of over $10,000.

In January, Gombas kicked off the 2022 UFC season in memorable fashion by telling SportsLine members to support Calvin Kattar (+200) against Giga Chikadze (-240) in a battle of ranked featherweight contenders in the main event. Kattar dominated in a unanimous decision to give his supporters an easy winner. Everyone who has followed Gombas has already seen massive returns.

Now, with UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Vera in sight, Gombas has studied the card from all angles and released his top MMA picks. His picks are only available on SportsLine.

UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Vera preview

Font (19-5) is widely regarded as perhaps the best pure boxer in the division, also known for his durability and resilience. The 34-year-old Massachusetts native began his UFC stint with a 5-3 record but rocketed up the rankings behind a four-fight winning streak against higher-level competition. He was thought to be next in line for a title shot before coming up short against former champ Jose Aldo in a UFC Fight Night main event last December.

Vera (18-7-1), 29, is an eight-year UFC veteran who is known for her rugged brawling and relentless pace to accompany world-class techniques across multiple disciplines. At UFC 268 last November, he earned a Performance of the Night bonus for his knockout blow from former champion Frankie Edgar. But Vera is perhaps best known for her grim first-round knockout of undefeated and polarizing prospect Sean O’Malley at UFC 252 in August 2020.

In his last 10 outings, Vera’s only losses have come to Aldo and rising prospect Song Yadong, both by decision, and he’s earned performance bonuses in four of his last six fights. See who to support here.

UFC Fight Night Predictions

We’ll share one of Gombas’ UFC Fight Night predictions here: He’ll go with Krzysztof Jotko (-165) to get the best of Gerald Meerschaert (+145) in a veteran middleweight battle that will kick off the main card.

Meerschaert (34-14) is a six-year veteran and grappling specialist who has faced some of the biggest names in the division. The 34-year-old Wisconsin native tends to fight against world-class forwards and has been stopped four times during his UFC career. But he has won three straight fights and is coming off a third-round submission from Dustin Stoltzfus in December.

Jotko (23-5), is a well-rounded fighter who has won four of his last five but tends to end up in close fights, as two of those wins have come by split decision. The 32-year-old Polish fighter’s only loss in that span came to rising contender Sean Strickland last May.

“I think Jotko should be able to keep this on his feet and win easily. Even on the pitch, Meerschaert is willing to give up his position to submit,” Gombas told SportsLine. “Jotko is a competent grappler and will be difficult to control or submit. I think he should be a wider favourite.”

How to Make UFC Fight Night Picks

Gombas also has strong picks for Font vs. Vera and other fights on the UFC Fight Night card. He also backs a fighter who “has the volume advantage and is the cleanest boxer” to achieve a dominant win. These expert UFC picks and predictions are only available on SportsLine.

Who wins Police vs. Vera? And what other choices do you have to make? Visit SportsLine now for detailed top picks on UFC Fight Night, all from the insider who has earned over $10,000 on MMA picks over the past two years, and find out.

UFC Fight Night: Font vs Vera odds, fight card

Rob Font (-130) vs. Marlon Vera (+110)
Andrei Arlovski (-150) against Jake Collier (+125)
André Fili (-240) against Joanderson Brito (+200)
Jared Gordon (+155) vs. Grant Dawson (-180)
Darren Elkins (-175) vs. Tristan Connelly (+150)
Krzysztof Jotko (-170) against Gerald Meerschaert (+145)
Alexandr Romanov (-2000) against Chase Sherman (+1000)
Daniel Lacerda (-125) against Francisco Figueiredo (+105)
Gabe Green (-135) against Yohan Lainesse (+115)
Natan Levy (-200) vs. Mike Breeden (+170)
Gina Mazany (-175) vs. Shanna Young (+150)
Tatsuro Taira (-240) against Carlos Candelario (+200)

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