Amir Albazi says he knows he's not a household name among MMA observers, but the flyweight prospect plans to change that on Saturday in the UFC Fight Night: Kara-France vs. Albazi main event against recent title-challenger Kai Kara-France. The five-round battle of ranked contenders will headline the main UFC fight card at 9 p.m. ET from the promotion's Apex facility in Las Vegas. The No. 7-ranked Albazi has won all four of his UFC appearances in dominant fashion. He can climb into the top five of the UFC rankings and possibly position himself for a title shot with a signature win.
The fight is listed as a pick'em, with both fighters offered at -110 (risk $110 to win $100) in the UFC Fight Night: Kara-France vs. Albazi odds from Caesars Sportsbook. In the co-main event, explosive featherweight prospects take the spotlight as Alex Caceres (-175) takes on Daniel Pineda (+150). Before locking in any UFC Fight Night picks, make sure you check out the MMA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine combat expert Daniel Vithlani.
Vithlani is a highly analytical UFC bettor who profited more than $6,200 for $100 bettors in 2022. This includes a documented 24-14 record on his well-respected, two-leg parlays. Every pick was documented on his public Instagram account.
From breaking down film and following fighters and their camps closely, to tracking sharp action and betting market signals, Vithlani covers the breadth of the MMA betting landscape top to bottom. He also trains amateur boxers and speaks regularly with MMA fighters to understand the sport's nuances.
In his SportsLine debut for UFC 283 in January, Vithlani swept the main card and his picks included advising SportsLine members to back Jamahal Hill (-125) over Glover Teixeira (+105) for the vacant light heavyweight title in the main event. Anyone who has followed him has seen massive returns.
Now, with UFC Fight Night: Kara-France vs. Albazi in sight, Vithlani has scoured the UFC fight card from top to bottom and released his top MMA picks. Vithlani's UFC Fight Night picks are only available at SportsLine.
UFC Fight Night: Kara-France vs. Albazi preview
Although Moreno has shown to have star power, the flyweight division needs other viable contenders, and Kara-France has shown that he might help fill the void. The 30-year-old New Zealander immediately caught the attention of MMA fans with his fearless style and charismatic demeanor.
A three-fight winning streak, which included a knockout of former champion Cody Garbrandt, earned Kara-France (24-10-1) a title shot last year and he proved he was worthy of the assignment. He took the fight to Moreno from the opening bell and appeared to be getting the best of it before the champion rallied back. Moreno scored a third-round stoppage and the bout was awarded Fight of the Night at UFC 277 last July.
The defeat did little to diminish Kara-France's reputation as a legitimate contender, but he needs a win Saturday to support his case for a potential rematch with Moreno.
Albazi (16-1) competed in Bellator and Brave CF before joining the UFC in July 2020. The Iraq-born fighter quickly moved into the top 15 in the UFC rankings behind a run that has seen him stop three of his first four opponents. A victory over Kara-France would likely move Albazi into the top-five rankings and cement his status as a title-contender. You can only see who to pick at UFC Fight Night here.
Top UFC Fight Night predictions
We'll reveal one of Vithlani's UFC Fight Night predictions here: He is siding with Andrei Arlovski (+105) to get past Don'Tale Mayes (-120) in a heavyweight battle.
The iconic Arlovski (34-21-2) is a former UFC heavyweight champion who won the belt in February 2005 and successfully defended it twice. Now 44, the Russian fighter is still going strong and hasn't hinted toward any plans of retirement. He has remained active and viable, winning six of his last eight appearances.
Mayes (9-5-1) is a power puncher and a once-heralded prospect who has struggled against top competition after earning a roster spot on "Dana White's Contender Series." The 31-year-old is 2-3-1 in six UFC appearances and coming off a decision loss to fellow prospect Augusto Sakai in February.
"I see several advantages for Arlovski. He puts out more volume than Mayes, using his jab and leg kicks, and his footwork is still among the best in the heavyweight division," Vithlani told SportsLine. See who else to back here.
How to make UFC Fight Night picks
Vithlani also has strong picks for Kara-France vs. Albazi and other bouts on the UFC Fight Night card. He's backing a fighter who "uses his length well in striking and grappling" to emerge with a dominant victory. Vithlani's picks and MMA analysis are only available at SportsLine.
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UFC Fight Night odds, fight card
Kai Kara-France (-110) vs. Amir Albazi (-110)
Alex Caceres (-175) vs. Daniel Pineda (+150)
Jim Miller (+160) vs. Jared Gordon (-190)
Tim Elliott (-175) vs. Victor Altamirano (+150)
Karine Silva (-220) vs. Ketlen Souza (+190)
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (-110) Vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov (-110)
Andrei Arlovski (+105) vs. Don'Tale Mayes (-120)
Daniel Santos (-210) vs. Johnny Munhoz (+175)
Jinh Yu Frey (+110) vs. Elise Reed (-130)
Phillipe Lins (+115) vs. Maxim Grishin (-135)