UFC on ESPN odds, predictions: MMA insider picks Velasquez vs. Ngannou, Vick vs. Felder, prelims

Fight fans everywhere will get a rare opportunity on Sunday night with an incredible UFC card scheduled for the first ever UFC on ESPN event. UFC on ESPN 1 features 13 fights and will be headlined by former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez vs. Francis Ngannou. Velasquez is a -175 favorite with Ngannou as the +145 underdog in the latest Velasquez vs. Ngannou odds. In the co-main event at lightweight, James Vick and Paul Felder are a pick'em at -110 each in the latest Vick vs. Felder odds. Early prelims begin at 5:30 p.m. ET, prelims begin at 7 p.m. ET and the main card is set for 9 p.m ET, all at Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix. Before you make any UFC on ESPN picks of your own, be sure to check out the MMA predictions from proven MMA expert Kyle Marley.

Marley won the first-ever "ToutMaster" UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and appears regularly on multiple MMA betting and daily Fantasy shows. He watches every single fight for every single UFC card and does extensive research before each event. 

Over the past nine months, $100 bettors who have followed Marley's picks are up nearly $19,000. It's an astonishing cash rate that shows the depth of Marley's knowledge. And at UFC 234 last week, Marley nailed nine of 11 fights. He said, for instance, that Shane Young would beat Austin Arnett by a 30-27 unanimous decision. The result: Young won the lightweight bout with all three judges scoring it 30-27.

Just three weeks ago, Marley said Henry Cejudo, a +175 underdog, would beat TJ Dillashaw by TKO -- and that's exactly what happened. He's the same expert who called Amanda Nunes' stunning upset of Cris Cyborg in UFC 232 and nailed Max Holloway's TKO of Brian Ortega in UFC 231. 

Now, with UFC on ESPN 1 fast approaching, Marley has studied the card and the UFC on ESPN 1 odds and released his MMA picks for every single fight. He's sharing them only over at SportsLine. 

One of the UFC on ESPN 1 picks we can tell you: Marley likes Andre Fili (+120) to upset Myles Jury on Sunday night. In one of the closest expected fights of the evening, Marley is giving the narrow edge to the underdog because of his ability to dictate the tempo when they're striking.

"The ground stats for these two fighters are very similar, but on the feet, Fili lands 1.12 more significant strikes per minute and I think that pace will be what gets the job done," Marley told SportsLine.

Marley also has very strong picks for Cain Velasquez vs. Frances Ngannou and James Vick vs. Paul Felder. He's only sharing who to back for every bout on the UFC on ESPN fight card over at SportsLine.

Who wins Velasquez vs. Ngannou and Vick vs. Felder? And how exactly does each fight end? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed picks on all 13 fights at UFC on ESPN 1, all from the sizzling expert who's up nearly $19,000 on MMA in the past nine months alone, and find out.

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