UFC Fight Night 87 Odds and Predictions

By: Scott

The UFC is heading to the Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. UFC Fight Night 87 is stacked and will be headlined by two heavyweight fights – one of which will have big implications in the division.

With six fights on the main card, let’s get right into the predictions.

UFC Fight Night 87 Picks

  • Alistair Overeem (40-14-0-1) -240 vs. Andrei Arlovski (25-11-0-1) +200

Arlovski had a six-fight win streak snapped with a TKO loss against Miocic in the first round. Many of his wins have come against less than stellar competition and I give him little chance against Overeem.

Overeem is coming off wins over Struve, Nelson and Dos Santos. Overeem does everything well and I’m betting on him to win by TKO/KO (-145), as Arlovski has been knocked out eight times.

  • Stefan Struve (26-8) -220 vs. Antonio Silva (19-8-1) +180

Antonio Silva had a nice TKO win against Palelei last year, but that’s his only win in his last six fights. This will likely be a bit closer than it should be, as Struve has been struggling since 2013.

Struve is 1-3 since 2013 with losses to Hunt, Overeem and Rosholt. Struve will tower over Silva and can keep his distance with a 4” reach edge. Both need a win, but Struve should want it more.

  • Albert Tumenov (17-2) -190 vs. Gunnar Nelson (14-2-1) +165

Tumenov lost his UFC debut, but has won his next five fights. He has 11 TKO/KO wins in his career and has heavy hands. Nelson is the opposite and will look to try and tap Tumenov out.

Nelson has two decision losses to Story and Maia in his last three fights. Neither fighter has ever been stopped, so this will likely go the distance. I like Tumenov and O1.5 rounds in this fight.

  • Germaine De Randamie (5-3) -400 vs. Anna Elmose (3-0) +325

Randamie is 2-1 in the UFC with her lone loss to Nunes. She’s a tough out and she displayed her power last time out with a TKO win against Pacheco. She’ll face newcomer Elmose this weekend.

Elmose is just 3-0 in her career and is making her UFC debut. I don’t know much about her and with the odds where they’re at, I’m not even interested in betting on this fight. There are better bets out there.

  • Nikita Krylov (19-4) -220 vs. Francimar Barroso (18-4) +180

Krylov lost to OSP in 2014, but has won three in a row since. All three wins have come by stoppage and he has started to move up the rankings slowly. This is a must-win fight to maintain his ranking.

Barroso is 3-1 in the UFC and all of his fights have gone the distance. He has good stand-up defense, but Krylov will overpower him with his striking and size advantage. Bet Krylov by TKO/KO.

  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz (8-0) vs. Heather Clark (7-4) +225

Kowalkiewicz won her UFC debut against Markos, while Clark upset Rawlings in her debut. Clark has a lot of experience. She’s getting older (35), but I like her to pull off the upset here.

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