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Although Rob Font admits he isn't wild about having an opponent who is ranked lower than him, the No. 5-ranked bantamweight believes everything will fall in place if he takes care of business against No. 8-ranked Marlon Vera in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Vera on Saturday. The important matchup of ranked contenders closes the curtain on the MMA showcase from the Apex facility in Las Vegas, with the main fight card set for 7 p.m. ET. Font appeared on a fast track toward a title shot before his four-fight winning streak was snapped in a lopsided loss to former champion Jose Aldo in December. He can get back in the title picture by beating Vera, a rugged veteran who hopes to crack the top-five rankings with his third straight victory.

Caesars Sportsbook lists Font as the -130 favorite (risk $130 to win $100), while Vera comes back at +110 in the UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Vera odds. In the co-main event, heavyweights take the spotlight when former champion Andrei Arlovski (-145) meets veteran Jake Collier (+125). Before making any UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Vera picks, make sure you check out the MMA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine combat expert Andrew Gombas.

Gombas is a former NCAA wrestler who taps into his experience on the mat to dissect the X's and O's of MMA matchups in a manner that sets him apart from other MMA analysts. He started the MMA handicapping service MMA Knockout Bets in 2018 and has shown a profit every year since.

With more than 1,400 selections tracked by the third-party monitoring service Bet MMA, he has shown a 6 percent return on investment for his followers. Over the past two years, his followers have netted a profit of more than $10,000. 

In January, Gombas launched the 2022 UFC season in memorable fashion by telling SportsLine members to back Calvin Kattar (+200) against Giga Chikadze (-240) in a battle of ranked featherweight contenders in the main event. Kattar dominated in a unanimous decision to give his followers an easy winner. Anyone who has followed Gombas already has seen massive returns. 

Now, with UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Vera in sight, Gombas has studied the card from every angle and released his top MMA picks. His picks are only available at SportsLine.  

UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Vera preview 

Font (19-5) is widely regarded as perhaps the best pure boxer in the division who is also known for his durability and resilience. The 34-year-old Massachusetts native started his UFC stint with a 5-3 record, but soared up the rankings behind a four-fight winning streak against upper-tier competition. He was believed to be next in line for a title shot before coming up short against former champion Jose Aldo in a UFC Fight Night main event last December. 

Vera (18-7-1), 29, is an eight-year UFC veteran who is known for his rugged brawling and nonstop pace to go along with world-class techniques in multiple disciplines. At UFC 268 last November, he earned a Performance of the Night bonus for his front-kick knockout of former champion Frankie Edgar. But Vera is perhaps best known for his sinister first-round knockout of previously undefeated and polarizing prospect Sean O'Malley at UFC 252 in August 2020.

In his last 10 outings, Vera's lone defeats have come against Aldo and rising prospect Song Yadong, both by decision, and he has earned performance bonuses in four of his past six fights. See who to back here.

UFC Fight Night predictions 

We'll share one of Gombas' UFC Fight Night predictions here: He is supporting Andre Fili (-260) to get his hand raised against Joanderson Brito (+220) in a battle of featherweight veterans on the main card.

Fili (21-8-1) is a nine-year UFC veteran and product of the famed Team Alpha Male gym who has faced some of the division's biggest names, including former champion Max Holloway and third-ranked Yair Rodriguez. The 31-year-old Sacramento native is known for his entertaining fights but has been unable to consistently gain traction against upper-tier competition. Fili is 5-3-1 in his last nine outings and is coming off a no-contest against Daniel Pineda in a fight that was halted because of an accidental foul.

Brito (12-3-1) is a well-rounded prospect who has seen five of his victories come by knockout, with another five coming by submission. But the 27-year-old Brazilian is looking to rebound from a January decision loss to prospect Bill Algeo that snapped a 12-fight unbeaten streak.

"Fili is the cleaner fighter and I expect him to land a lot of straight punches. This should be hectic, but I see Fili eventually scoring a knockout," Gombas told SportsLine. 

How to make UFC Fight Night picks 

Gombas also has strong picks for Font vs. Vera and other fights on the UFC Fight Night card. He's also backing a fighter who "has the volume edge and is the cleaner boxer" roll to a dominant victory. Those expert UFC picks and predictions are only available at SportsLine.

Who wins Font vs. VeraAnd what other picks do you need to make? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed top picks on UFC Fight Night, all from the insider who's up more than $10,000 on MMA picks the past two years, and find out. 

UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Vera odds, fight card

Rob Font (-130) vs. Marlon Vera (+110)
Andrei Arlovski (-150) vs. Jake Collier (+125)
Andre Fili (-240) vs. Joanderson Brito (+200)
Jared Gordon (+155) vs. Grant Dawson (-180)
Darren Elkins (-175) vs. Tristan Connelly (+150)
Krzysztof Jotko (-170) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (+145)
Alexandr Romanov (-2000) vs. Chase Sherman (+1000)
Daniel Lacerda (-125) vs. Francisco Figueiredo (+105)
Gabe Green (-135) vs. Yohan Lainesse (+115)
Natan Levy (-200) vs. Mike Breeden (+170)
Gina Mazany (-175) vs. Shanna Young (+150)
Tatsuro Taira (-240) vs. Carlos Candelario (+200)