UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Daukaus Odds, Predictions, Picks

  • Fight Night will take place outside of the Apex for the first time since 2020
  • Top-ranked heavyweights duke it out in the main event
  • A former champion was forced to withdraw from the event

UFC Fight Night Blaydes vs Daukaus Odds

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Fighter Odds
Curtis Blaydes -385
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Chris Daukaus +290
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Joanne Wood +198
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Alexa Grasso -250
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Askar Askarov -355
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Kai Kara-France +270
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Matt Brown -114
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Bryan Barberena -106
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Ilir Latifi -210
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Alexey Oleynik +168
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Marc Diakiese +138
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Viacheslav Borschev -170
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UFC Fight Night Blaydes vs Daukaus Picks

Curtis Blaydes vs Chris Daukaus – Heavyweight Division

Our Pick: Chris Daukaus (+290)

Joanne Wood vs Alexa Grasso – Women’s flyweight Division

Our Pick: Alexa Grasso (-250)

Askar Askarov vs Kai Kara-France – Flyweight Division

Our Pick: Askar Askarov (-335)

Matt Brown vs Bryan Barberena – Welterweight Division

Our Pick: Bryan Barberena (-106)

Ilir Latifi vs Alexey Oleynik – Heavyweight Division

Our Pick: Alexey Oleynik (+168)

Marc Diakiese vs Viacheslav Borschev – Lightweight Division

Our Pick: Viacheslav Borschev (-170)

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UFC Blaydes vs. Daukaus

UFC Fight Night Blaydes vs Daukaus Predictions

Curtis Blaydes vs Chris Daukaus – Heavyweight Division

Curtis Blaydes TALE OF THE TAPE Chris Daukaus
31 Age 32
6 ft. 4 in. Height 6 ft. 3 in.
80 in. Reach 76 in.
15-3, 1 no-contest Record 12-4

Former light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz was expected to headline this event but was forced to pull out. Heavyweights Curtis Blaydes and Chris Daukaus stepped in.

Chris Daukaus most recently had his five-fight winning streak snapped by Derrick Lewis. Curtis Blaydes’ most recent loss was also at the hands of Lewis but he has since bounced back with a decision win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

Blaydes stands one-inch taller and will have a four-inch reach advantage. He also boasts NJCAA wrestling credentials. However, Daukaus does hold a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Grappling should be on full display here and the more experienced Blaydes is favored to win, sitting as a -385 with the oddsmakers. But an underdog bet could surprise you.

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Joanne Wood vs Alexa Grasso – Women’s Flyweight Division

Joanne Wood TALE OF THE TAPE Alexa Grasso
35 Age 28
5 ft. 6 in. Height 5 ft. 5 in.
65.5 in. Reach 66 in.
15-7 Record 13-3

Once considered a top contender for the women’s flyweight title, Joanne Wood has faced adversity recently, having lost her last two fights in a row and going just 2-4 over her last six appearances.

Alexa Grasso has gone 2-0 since moving up to the flyweight division last August, earning back-to-back decision wins over Ji Yeon Kim and Maycee Barber. However, Grasso hasn’t stepped into the octagon since February 2021.

Both women hold purple belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Wood has a one-inch height advantage while Grasso has a half-inch advantage in reach.

Grasso is a -250 favorite here for good reason.

Askar Askarov vs Kai Kara-France – Flyweight Division

Askar Askarov TALE OF THE TAPE Kai Kara-France
29 Age 28
5 ft. 6 in. Height 5 ft. 4 in.
67 in. Reach 69 in.
14-0-1 Record 23-9, 1 no-contest

It has been more than a year since we’ve seen Askar ASkarov in action. The undefeated fighter hasn’t fought since March 6, 2021, when he defeated Joseph Benavidez via decision at UFC 259.

Unlike Askarov, Kai-Kara France fought just three months ago when he defeated former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt by first-round TKO at UFC 269 last December. It was France’s second first-round TKO win in a row.

Askaraov stands two inches taller than France but France will have a two-inch advantage in reach.

Askaraov, who has a master of sport in freestyle wrestling and sambo is marked as the impressive -355 favorite for this matchup despite his year away from the octagon.

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Matt Brown vs Bryan Barberena – Welterweight Division

Matt Brown TALE OF THE TAPE Bryan Barberena
41 Age 32
6 ft. Height 6 ft.
75 in. Reach 72 in.
23-18 Record 16-8

Both of these welterweights have seen mixed success over the past couple of years. Matt Brown is 1-2 over his last three fights while Bryan Barnerena has gone 2-3 over his last five appearances.

Both men stand at equal height but it is Brown who will have the three-inch reach advantage. He also brings with him more octagon experience than his opponent. However, Barberena is nine years younger than Brown.

In what is predicted to be a close fight, both men are marked as favorites, as Barberena is listed as -106 while Brown is listed as -114.

Ilir Latifi vs Aleksey Oleynik – Heavyweight Division

Ilir Latifi TALE OF THE TAPE Alexey Oleynik
38 Age 44
5 ft. 10 in. Height 6 ft. 2 in.
73 in. Reach 80 in.
15-8, 1 no-contest Record 59-16-1

Not many people come close to the experience level of Alexey Oleynik. Boasting a master of sport in sambo, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and a fourth-degree black belt in jujutsu, Oleynik will be competing in his 77th professional fight this Saturday.

However, the 44-year-old is currently riding a three-fight losing streak.

Ilir Latifi was riding a three-fight losing streak of his own until he managed to snap it with a split-decision win over Tanner Boser last November. This Saturday will be just his third fight in the UFC heavyweight division.

Despite his experience as well as the height and reach advantages, Oleynik is the +168 underdog.

Marc Diakiese vs Viacheslav Borschev – Lightweight Division

Marc Diakiese TALE OF THE TAPE Viacheslav Borschev
29 Age 30
5 ft. 10 in. Height 5 ft. 11 in.
73 in. Reach 69 in.
14-5 Record 6-1

Russian fighter Viacheslav Borschev will be making his promotional debut this Saturday after being impressive on the Dana White Contender Series where he earned a second-round knockout over Chris Duncan.

Marc Diakiese has ten fights worth of experience in the UFC but is currently riding a two-fight losing streak that most recently saw him get submitted in the first-round by Rafael Alves last November.

Diakiese will stand one inch shorter than his opponent but will have a four-inch reach advantage. However, it is the UFC rookie who is pegged as a the-170 favorite.

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How to Watch UFC Fight Night Blaydes vs Daukaus

Blaydes vs Daukaus Information
Event UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Daukaus
Location Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Time Saturday, March 26, 5PM EST
How to watch ESPN, ESPN+, TSN5

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