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Rob Font vs Marlon Vera – Bantamweight Division
Marlon Vera (+114)
Andre Arlovski vs Jake Collier – Heavyweight Division
Jake Collier (+122)
Andre Fili vs Joanderson Brito – Featherweight Division
Andre Fili (-265)
Jared Gordon vs Grant Dawson – Lightweight Division
Grant Dawson (-178)
Darren Elkins vs Tristan Connelly – Featherweight Division
Darren Elkins (-172)
Krzysztof Jotko vs Gerald Meerschaert – Middleweight Division
Gerald Meerschaert (+142)
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|Rob Font||TALE OF THE TAPE||Marlon Vera|
|5 ft. 8 in.||Height||5 ft. 8 in.|
|71.5 in.||Reach||70.5 in.|
Rob Font was steadily climbing the rankings of the bantamweight division, winning four in a row over the likes of Cody Garbrandt and Marlon Moraes, before having his streak snapped by Jose Aldo last December.
Marlon Vera’s most recent loss also came against Jose Aldo, but Vera has rebounded to win his next two in a row – most recently knocking out Frankie Edgar at UFC 268.
Both men stand at equal height with Font edging out Vera in the reach department. However, Vera has the grappling edge, boasting a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
With that said, it is Rob Font who will enter the cage as the favorite, currently listed as -140 (but we like the underdog here).
|Andrei Arlovski||TALE OF THE TAPE||Jake Collier|
|6 ft. 4 in.||Height||6 ft. 3 in.|
|77 in.||Reach||78.5 in.|
|33-20, 2 no-contests||Record||13-6|
At 43-years-old, not only is former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski still fighting in the UFC – he’s still winning.
Arlovski has now won his last three fights in a row, most recently defeating Jared Vanderaa via split-decision at UFC 271 this past February.
Jake Collier has 10 UFC fights on his record and has gone 5-5 with the promotion. His last fight took place this past January: a first-round submission win over Chase Sherman.
Arlovski will have a one-inch height advantage but Collier will have the longer reach. It is Arlovski – the former champion – who is listed as the -150 favorite. However we like the underdog here as well.
|Andre Fili||TALE OF THE TAPE||Joanderson Brito|
|5 ft. 11 in.||Height||5 ft. 8 in.|
|74 in.||Reach||72 in.|
|21-8, 1 no-contest||Record||12-3-1|
After a decision win on the Contender Series, Joanderson Brito made his UFC debut this past January but was defeated by Bill Algeo via unanimous decision.
Andre Fili has had a rough go over his last four fights, in which he has a record of 1-2 and had his most recent fight end in a no-contest due to an eye poke, rendering his opponent Daniel Pineda unable to continue..
Fili stands three-inches taller and will have a two-inch reach advantage. He is a -265 favorite – the biggest betting favorite on the main card.
|Jared Gordon||TALE OF THE TAPE||Grant Dawson|
|5 ft. 9 in.||Height||5 ft. 10 in.|
|68 in.||Reach||72 in.|
These two men are both enjoying winning streaks, with Grant Dawson recently making his return to the lightweight division.
Dawson has won eight fights in a row but his last fight against Ricky Glenn last October ended as a majority draw.
Jared Gordon has won his last three fights in a row, with his last loss coming against the current lightweight champion Charles Oliveira. Like Dawson, his last fight also took place last October.
The height of these two men is almost identical but Grant Dawson will enjoy a significant four-inch reach advantage. He is also a -178 favorite to win.
|Darren Elkins||TALE OF THE TAPE||Tristan Connelly|
|5 ft. 10 in.||Height||5 ft. 10 in.|
|71 in.||Reach||68 in.|
Saturday will mark Tristan Connelly’s third UFC bout. He won his debut over Michel Pereira in 2019 but lost his most recent bout to Pat Sabatini last April.
Darren Elkins, a UFC veteran, had lost four in a row before winning back-to-back bouts with finishes. However, he is coming off of a first-round TKO loss to Cub Swanson that took place last December.
The two men stand at an equal height but Elkins will have a three-inch reach advantage. Elkins also boasts a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu as well as NCAA Division 2 wrestling credentials.
Elkins is listed as -172.
|Krzysztof Jotko||TALE OF THE TAPE||Gerald Meerschaert|
|6 ft. 1 in.||Height||6 ft. 1 in.|
|77 in.||Reach||77 in.|
Polish fighter Krzysztof Jotko recently had a three-fight winning streak snapped by Sean Strickland but he bounced back with a split-decision win over Misha Cirkunov last October.
After losing two in a row, Gerald Meerschaert now finds himself riding a three-fight winning streak, ending all three of those contests via submission.
Both men stand at equal height and have an equal reach. Meerschaert is two-years older than his opponent.
Despite his winning streak, Meerschaert is a +142 underdog.
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|UFC Fight Night Information|
|Event||UFC on ESPN: Font vs Vera|
|Location||UFC Apex, Enterprise, Nevada|
|Time||Saturday, April 30, 5 PM|
|How to watch||ESPN, ESPN+, TSN5|
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