UFC Fight 138 Night Oezdemir vs Smith Odds & Expert Predictions

Posted by Derrick Harper on October 24, 2018 in

UFC Fight Night 138 will come to us from north of the border from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada this Saturday night. The main event featuring Volkan Oezdemir and Anthony Smith will be the first since the Khabib v McGregor mega fight. This fight will, not only end the drought of weeks on end without a UFC match but will be the first of nine straight UFC events. Dana White’s version of the fight marathon will get kicked off with a bang. Here’s the fight card for Saturday’s event alongside the latest odds.

UFC Fight Night 138 Oezdemir vs Smith Odds & Expert Predictions

Main Card (10 PM ET, FS1)

  • Volkan Oezdemir vs. Anthony Smith
  • Artem Lobov vs. Michael Johnson
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Patrick Cummins
  • Andre Soukhamthath vs. Jonathan Martinez
  • Ed Herman vs. Gian Villante
  • Court McGee vs. Alex Garcia

Preliminary Card (8 PM ET, FS1)

  • Nordine Taleb vs. Sean Strickland
  • Thibault Gouti vs. Nasrat Haqparast
  • Chris Fishgold vs. Calvin Kattar
  • Talita Bernardo vs. Sarah Moras

Preliminary Card (6:30 PM ET, Fight Pass)

  • T’e’Jovan Edwards vs. Don Madge
  • Arjan Bhullar vs. Marcelo Golm
  • Stevie Ray vs. Jessin Ayari

Te’ Edwards vs. Don Madge will be an interesting fight, to say the least. Edwards comes into the fight with five straight first-round knockouts, including a knockout against Austin Tweedy that took place in just 28 seconds. Don Madge currently is enjoying a four-match win streak. The EFC lightweight title also happens to belong to Madge. Both fighters are dynamic and multi-talented, but Madge’s striking is more accomplished than Edwards, therefore, look for Edwards to attempt to get Madge on the ground with takedowns.

Stevie Ray vs. Jessin Ayari is probably the most lopsided match of the card. Ayari has not seen an opponent in 17 months. Ray, on the other hand, is a tactician at takedown defense. I’ll expect to see Ray keep the fight upright and use his striking to dominate and dictate the fight. Ray currently is experiencing a bit of a slump, dropping his last two fights. This one seems like just the ticket to get him back in business. Ayari can’t be expected to be in top fighting shape after so much time off and, on top of that, he dropped 15 pounds to fight in this class. I’ll take Ray to win unanimously.

Jessin Ayari is one of the favorites for UFC Fight Night 138.

Artem Lobov vs Michael Johnson is another intriguing matchup because Lobov was originally supposed to be matched up with another fighter, but due to Zubaira Tukhugov’s involvement in a brawl after his fight in UFC 229, he was removed from the card. Enough about Tukhugov, though, Michael Johnson is coming off of a victory against Andre Fili. Johnson also has bested the likes of Dustin Poirier, Edson Barboza, and Tony Ferguson, all three are top ten fighters currently. For this reason, I’ll take Johnson for the win. He can hang with nearly any fighter, even the very best.

The Main Event, Volkan Oezdemir vs. Anthony Smith will have all the attention though when Saturday rolls around. Smith will challenge the Swiss talent who narrowly missed in his last attempt to secure the UFC light heavyweight title. Oezdemir has 12 first round stoppages to his record and 11 wins by KO or TKO, while Smith sports 17 wins by KO or TKO. Smith is slightly older and more experienced, but I like Oezdemir to come out of  UFC Fight Night 138 one victoriously.