(Note: The main card battle between James Krause and Claudio Silva has been added too late for our pick deadline.)
The UFC will stay at home “Fight Island” away from home this week with the long-awaited featherweight matchup at the top of the card.
The UFC on ESPN + 38 takes place Saturday at the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The card flows to ESPN +.
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In the main event, Brian Ortega (14-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) took on “The Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung (16-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC), in a bout between the former challenge to the featherweight title. Jungn is a 2-1favorite in the fight, but it is close to picks from our 14 editors, writers, videographers and radio hosts. They take Jung, but only in an 8-6 clip.
In the co-feature, former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade (20-8 MMA, 11-6 UFC) faces recent women’s flyweight champion Katlyn Chookagian (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) in one against 125 pounds. Andrade is the mild favorite, and he has a huge 11-3 lead picks.
Also on the main card, Modestas Bukauskas (11-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) met Jimmy Crute (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a light heavyweight bout. Crute was the biggest favorite on the main card, but he only got 8-6 picks lead.
And to open the main card, Thomas Almeida (22-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) defeated Jonathan Martinez (12-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in bantamweight. Almeida will return from a long layoff and a little favorite in sports books. He also got a 10-4 lead from our pickers.
MMA Junkie reader, Jung (69 percent), Andrade (64 percent), Crute (78 percent) and Almeida (80 percent) are among the choices.
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