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UFC Fight Night: Font vs Vera Picks, Predictions, Odds

Written by: Ryan Bristlon
Updated October 14, 2022
12 min read
  • Top-10 bantamweights do battle in the main event
  • A former heavyweight champion fights in the co-main event
  • This is the last event before UFC 274

UFC on ESPN: Font vs Vera

The odds for this match are provided by the FanDuel sportsbook. Click on the odds below to head to FanDuel and place a bet.

Fighter Odds
Rob Font -140
Marlon Vera +114
Fighter Odds
Andrei Arlovski -150
Jake Collier +122
Fighter Odds
Andre Fili -265
Joanderson Brito +210
Fighter Odds
Jared Gordon +144
Grant Dawson -178
Fighter Odds
Darren Elkins -172
Tristan Connelly +140
Fighter Odds
Krzysztof Jotko -176
Gerald Meerschaert +142

UFC Fight Night: Font vs Vera Picks and Predictions

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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Ufc Fight Night Font Vs Vera Picks

Rob Font vs Marlon Vera Bantamweight Division

Rob Font TALE OF THE TAPE Marlon Vera
34 Age 29
5 ft. 8 in. Height 5 ft. 8 in.
71.5 in. Reach 70.5 in.
19-5 Record 18-7-1

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).

To find out how to place your bets for this UFC on ESPN main event, check out our ultimate UFC betting guide to get started.

Andrei Arlovski vs Jake Collier Heavyweight Division

Andrei Arlovski TALE OF THE TAPE Jake Collier
43 Age 33
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 vs Joanderson Brito Featherweight Division

Andre Fili TALE OF THE TAPE Joanderson Brito
31 Age 27
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 vs Grant Dawson Lightweight Division

Jared Gordon TALE OF THE TAPE Grant Dawson
33 Age 28
5 ft. 9 in. Height 5 ft. 10 in.
68 in. Reach 72 in.
18-4 Record 17-1-1

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 vs Tristan Connelly Featherweight Division

Darren Elkins TALE OF THE TAPE Tristan Connelly
37 Age 36
5 ft. 10 in. Height 5 ft. 10 in.
71 in. Reach 68 in.
26-10 Record 14-7

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 vs Gerald Meerschaert Middleweight Division

Krzysztof Jotko TALE OF THE TAPE Gerald Meerschaert
32 Age 34
6 ft. 1 in. Height 6 ft. 1 in.
77 in. Reach 77 in.
23-5 Record 34-14

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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How to Watch UFC Fight Night

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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