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UFC Fight Night: Yusuff vs. Barboza - Odds, Predictions & Picks

Written by: Ryan Bristlon
Published October 13, 2023
8 min read
  • Top-15 men’s featherweights go toe-to-toe in the main event
  • Michel Pereira moves up to middleweight after welterweight cutting issues
  • Main card from the UFC Apex begins at 5PM EST

UFC Fight Night: Yusuff vs. Barboza

The odds for this match are provided by the DraftKings sportsbook. Click the link to place your bets.

Sodiq Yusuff-170
Edson Barboza+142
Jennifer Maia-155
Viviane Araujo+130
Jonathan Martinez-112
Adrian Yanez-108
Michel Pereira-185
Andre Petroski+154
Edgar Chairez-355
Daniel Lacerda+280
Cameron Saaiman+130
Christian Rodriguez-155

UFC Fight Night: Yusuff vs. Barboza - Picks & Predictions

Sodiq Yusuff vs. Edson Barboza - Featherweight division
Our pick: Sodiq Yusuff (-170)

Jennifer Maia vs. Viviane Araujo - Women’s flyweight division
Our pick: Jennifer Maia (-155)

Jonathan Martinez vs. Adrian Yanez - Bantamweight division
Our pick: Jonathan Martinez (-112)

Michel Pereira vs. Andre Petroski - Middleweight division
Our pick: Andre Petroski (+154)

Edgar Chairez vs. Daniel Lacerda - Flyweight division
Our pick: Edgar Chairez (-355)

Cameron Saaiman vs. Christian Rodriguez - Bantamweight division
Our pick: Christian Rodriguez (-155)

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UFC Fight Night Yusuff vs. Barboza

Sodiq Yusuff vs. Edson Barboza - Featherweight division

Sodiq YusuffTALE OF THE TAPEEdson Barboza
5 ft 9 inHeight5 ft 11 in
71 inReach75 in

In what will be his first main event appearance, number-11 ranked UFC featherweight Sodiq Yusuff will take on a fighter that is no stranger to the main event lights: number-13 ranked featherweight and former lightweight contender Edson Barboza.

Having seen mixed success at best since moving down to 145-pounds, Barboza has a divisional record of 3-3. However, he is coming off of a huge first-round knockout win over Billy Quarantillo that took place back in April.

Yusuff enters his first main event this weekend riding the momentum of a first-round submission win over Don Shains from his last fight. However, that fight, despite being his second in a row, took place more than a year ago.

It comes as no surprise that Barboza, the former lightweight, will stand taller than Yusuff and have the reach advantage. But the younger Yusuff, with more featherweight experience, will still enter the octagon this Saturday as the -170 favorite to win.

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

Jennifer Maia vs. Viviane Araujo - Women’s flyweight division

Jennifer MaiaTALE OF THE TAPEViviane Araujo
5 ft 4 inHeight5 ft 5 in
64 inReach68 in

Former flyweight title challenger and number-nine ranked Jennifer Maia is looking to insert herself back into the title picture this weekend. A win over Viviane Araujo would mark her third in a row.

Unlike Maia, Araujo has dropped her last two fights - both unanimous decision losses to Alexa Grasso and, more recently, Amanda Ribas at UFC 285.

Both women last fought in March and stand at almost equal height. But despite her four-inch disadvantage in reach, Jennifer Maia has momentum on her side and is listed as the -155 favorite over Araujo this Saturday.

Jonathan Martinez vs. Adrian Yanez - Bantamweight division

Jonathan MartinezTALE OF THE TAPEAdrian Yanez
5 ft 7 inHeight5 ft 7 in
70 inReach70 in

After nine straight wins, Adrian Yanez had his streak come to an end back in April thanks to a TKO stoppage loss at the hands of Rob Font at UFC 287.

Yanez will take on Jonathan Martinez this weekend, a fighter who is riding a four-fight winning streak that includes his most recent TKO win over Cub Swanson last October. This will be Yanez’s first fight of 2023.

Both men are of equal age, stand at equal height and have the same reach. Only two fights’ worth of experience separates these two fighters, making this bout essentially a pick ‘em with Martinez listed at -112 and Yanez listed at -108.

Michel Pereira vs. Andre Petroski - Middleweight division

Michel PereiraTALE OF THE TAPEAndre Petroski
6 ft 1 inHeight6 ft
73 inReach73 in
28-11, 2 no-contestsRecord10-1

After missing weight for his UFC 291 bout against Stephen Thompson, which ultimately led to the fight being canceled, gigantic welterweight Michel Pereira will now make his 185-pound UFC middleweight debut this Saturday when he takes on Andre Petroski.

Despite the weight issue setback, Pereira has won his last five in a row, including a split-decision win over Santiago Ponzinibbio in his most recent. However, “recent” means one year ago in this case.

Even with the year of inactivity, Pereira is listed as a -185 favorite over Andre Petroski - a fighter who has also won his last five fights in a row. Petroski is coming off a split-decision win over Gerald Meerscahert at UFC 292 back in August.

Edgar Chairez vs. Daniel Lacerda - Flyweight division

Edgar ChairezTALE OF THE TAPEDaniel Lacerda
5 ft 7 inHeight5 ft 6 in
72 inReach70 in
10-5, 1 no-contestRecord11-5, 1 no-contest

So this is a strange one. Edgar Chairez and Daniel Lacerda fought each other just one-month ago but the fight was ruled a no-contest after a premature stoppage by the referee, who thought Lacerda had gone unconscious from a submission.

The fight was ruled a no-contest on the spot and this rematch was scheduled only to have better video evidence arise showing that the ref made the right decision in stopping their first fight. However, here we are regardless and these two will once again face off.

Standing one-inch taller and having a two-inch reach advantage, Edgar Chairez is listed at -355. He is the largest betting favorite on the main card.

Cameron Saaiman vs. Christian Rodriguez - Bantamweight division

Cameron SaaimanTALE OF THE TAPEChristian Rodriguez
5 ft 8 inHeight5 ft 7 in
67 inReach71 in

Undefeated at 9-0 (with three UFC wins), Cameron Saaiman takes on Christian Rodriguez this Saturday.

With a 2-1 UFC record, Rodriguez made a name for himself in his last fight when he became the first man to defeat the highly touted prospect Raul Rosas Jr. at UFC 287.

Saaiman last fought in July, earning a first-round TKO win over Terrence Mitchell at UFC 290.

There is only one inch separating these two men in height but Rodriguez, listed as the -155 favorite, will have a four-inch reach advantage over the undefeated Saaiman.

How to Watch UFC Fight Night: Yusuff vs. Barboza

  • LOCATION: UFC Apex, Enterprise, Nevada
  • WHEN: Saturday, October 14
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Ryan Bristlon is a Canadian writer currently residing in Hamilton, Ontario. He studied print and broadcast journalism at Humber College and has been a lifelong fan of the sport of hockey and the NHL.

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