Rob Font entered the workforce as a pizza delivery man, but soon realized he needed to find a vocation that had a higher ceiling. He took up mixed martial arts as a hobby and is now perhaps one win away from a shot at a world title. The third-ranked Font takes on fourth-ranked former champion Cody Garbrandt on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt. The battle of bantamweight contenders closes the curtain on the MMA showcase from the Apex facility in Las Vegas, with the main UFC fight card slated for 7 p.m. ET.
The fight is a pick’em, with Font and Garbrandt listed at -110 (risk $110 to win $100) in the latest UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt odds from William Hill Sportsbook. Before locking in any UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt picks of your own, make sure you see the latest MMA predictions from SportsLine insider Ian Parker.
A former fighter who’s been in the industry for 15 years, Parker has managed some of the world’s best, including former UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman, Costas Philippou and Gian Villante. Parker trained alongside UFC Hall of Famer Matt Serra. Now, Parker breaks down fights and makes betting picks for the Voice of the UFC, Jon Anik.
Parker is coming off a mind-boggling 2020 season. On the Anik & Florian Podcast, Parker went an astounding 58-14, returning $9,465 to $100 bettors who followed him. He hit 11 of his 17 underdog picks and 19 of 30 main events. Overall, Parker nailed an astonishing 81 percent of his plays.
Parker has already proven his mettle to SportsLine members. Over the past two UFC Fight Nights, Parker has gone 14-2 to give his followers a profit of nearly $1,300. His 7-1 record last week included telling SportsLine members to back Marina Rodriquez (-200) against Michelle Waterson (+175) in the strawweight main event. Rodriguez controlled the action to earn a runaway unanimous decision. Anyone who has followed Parker already has seen massive returns.
Now, with UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt in sight, Parker has studied the MMA odds and matchups from every angle and released his top picks. You can only see them here.
UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt preview
Parker knows the main event provides a matchup between two of the most explosive fighters in a division that has seen recent movement at the top. Aljamain Sterling is the new champion after former champ Petr Yan was disqualified in the fourth round of their title fight in March at UFC 259.
UFC president Dana White has pushed for a rematch between Sterling and Yan, who was winning on the scorecards before landing an illegal knee. However, Sterling has been noncommittal about the rematch, leaving the door open to Saturday’s winner for a potential title bid.
Font (18-4) has emerged as one of the division’s most versatile fighters and his growing resume is difficult to ignore. His recent win streak started with a victory over Sergio Pettis, who has since left the promotion and become Bellator’s bantamweight champion.
The 33-year-old Massachusetts native fought just once in 2020 and stopped former title-challenger Marlon Moraes in the first round of their December clash.
Garbrandt (12-3) won the title with one of the most memorable bantamweight performances in recent memory. He outclassed long-reigning champion Dominick Cruz with a cocktail of fundamentally sound and flashy moves in their December 2016 fight. Garbrandt got his hand raised by unanimous decision.
He lost the title and a subsequent rematch against rival T.J, Dillashaw, who would later receive a two-year suspension related to the use of banned substances. The 29-year-old power striker snapped a three-fight skid with a stoppage win over Raphael Assuncao last June. You can only see Parker’s coveted Font vs. Garbrandt picks here.
Top UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt predictions
We’ll share one of Parker’s UFC Fight Night picks here: He is backing Bill Algeo (-120) to get his hand raised against Ricardo Ramos (+100) in a matchup of featherweight prospects.
Algeo (14-5) caught the attention in the UFC with strong runs through respected promotions like the World Series of Fighting and Cage Warriors. The 31-year-old Pennsylvania native has split his first two UFC fights and is coming off a decision win over veteran Spike Carlyle in November.
Ramos (14-3, 25, is a four-year UFC veteran who has gained notice while going 4-2 with the promotion. His highlights include a victory over veteran Journey Newson, but the Brazilian is looking to rebound from a stoppage loss against Lerone Murphy last July.
“I think stylistically this is a great fight for Algeo. He will be the better striker and the better grappler. Look for Algeo to dictate an exhausting pace that will keep Ramos in trouble throughout,” Parker told SportsLine.
How to make UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt picks
Parker also has strong picks for Font vs. Garbrandt and other top fights on the UFC Fight Night card. He is also backing one fighter who has a “tough pace that not many can compete with.” Those UFC picks are only available at SportsLine.
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UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt odds, fight card
Rob Font (-110) vs. Cody Garbrandt (-110)
Yan Xianonan (-125) vs. Carla Esparza (+105)
Justin Tafa (-190) vs. Jared Vanderra (+170)
Felicia Spencer (-150) vs. Norma Dumont (+130)
David Dvorak (-150) vs. Raulian Paiva (+130)
Jack Hermansson (-155) vs. Edmen Shahbazyan (+135)
Bill Algeo (-120) vs. Ricardo Ramos (+100)
Court McGee (-110) vs. Claudio Silva (-110)
Damir Hadzovic (-120) vs. Yancy Medeiros (+100)
Joshua Culibao (-250) vs. Yilan Sha (+210)
Bruno Silva (-320) vs. Victor Rodriguez (+260)
Damir Ismagulov (-550) vs. Rafael Alves (+425)