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Font vs Garbrandt Odds & Predictions: Top Bantamweights Collide

Rob Font (left) is favored in the Font vs Garbrandt odds for UFC Fight Night: Font vs Garbrandt.

A pivotal fight atop the bantamweight rankings has former champion Cody Garbrandt taking on Rob Font in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Font vs Garbrandt on Saturday at the UFC Apex Center.

Looking at Font vs Garbrandt odds, the bout is listed as a pick’em. We have the full Font vs Garbrandt odds and predictions below.

Font has fought only three times in just over two years, competing in December 2018, 2019 and 2020 as various injuries sidelined him for lengthy layoffs. However, he won each of those fights and had an impressive first-round knockout win over Marlon Moraes last December.

Also coming off an impressive knockout triumph is Garbrandt, who had been on the losing end of three knockouts before returning to the win column last June. A victory here would catapult him back into the title picture.

Font vs Garbrandt Odds

Online sportsbook Bovada has released the Font vs Garbrandt odds, with Font listed as a -115 favorite and Garbrandt the -105 underdog. This means you would have to wager $115 to profit $100 on a Font win, while a $105 bet on a Garbrandt victory would profit you $105.

Our sports betting calculator tells us that the odds of -115 for Font represent an implied win probability of 53.49 percent while Garbrandt's odds have an implied win probability of 51.22 percent.

The largest favorite in the UFC Fight Night: Font vs Garbrandt odds comes in the lightweight prelim fight of Damir Ismagulov (-650) vs Rafael Alves (+425). The tightest betting line comes in the main event.

Font vs Garbrandt Odds & Fight Card


Font vs Garbrandt Odds & Fight Card
  • Main Card
  • Bantamweight – Rob Font (-115) vs Cody Garbrandt (-105)
  • Women’s Strawweight – Xiaonan Yan (-120) vs Carla Esparza (+100)
  • Heavyweight – Justin Tafa (-185) vs Jared Vanderaa (+150)
  • Women’s Featherweight – Felicia Spencer (-190) vs Norma Dumont (+155)
  • Middleweight – Jack Hermansson (-155) vs Edmen Shahbazyan (+130)
  • Prelims
  • Featherweight – Ricardo Ramos (+105) vs Bill Algeo (-125)
  • Heavyweight – Ben Rothwell (-360) vs Chris Barnett (+270)
  • Welterweight – Court McGee (-120) vs Claudio Silva (+100)
  • Flyweight – Bruno Silva (-400) vs Victor Rodriguez (+300)
  • Featherweight – Joshua Culibao (-275) vs Sha Yilan (+220)
  • Flyweight -- David Dvorak (-500) vs Juancamilo Rondero (+350)
  • Lightweight – Yancy Medeiros (+110) vs Damir Hazovic (-130)
  • Lightweight – Rafael Alves (+425) vs Damir Ismagulov (-650)

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UFC Fight Night: Font vs Garbrandt Broadcast Information
  • Date/Time: May 22, 4 p.m. ET
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Arena: UFC Apex
  • Where to Watch: ESPN+

Rob Font vs Cody Garbrandt Odds & Prediction

FighterOdds
Rob Font-115
Cody Garbrandt-105

Rob Font (-115) is riding his longest winning streak at three since he won 11 in a row with the last two coming in the UFC. He looks to extend that streak against Cody “No Love” Garbrandt (-105), who emerged from a three-fight losing skid to pick up his first win in four years last summer.


Font: Need to Knows
  • Font struggled to find his footing in the UFC early on, failing to have a winning streak of more than two in a row before taking a loss. Overall, he is 18-4 with 12 of his wins being stoppages (eight knockouts, four submissions). He’s only been stopped once, a submission in 2017.
  • He is an uptempo fighter, averaging 5.21 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.83. However, he’s only topped 100 significant strikes in a fight once over his 11 UFC bouts. Font averages 1.20 takedowns per 15 minutes but has landed just four over his last six fights while being brought down 11 times over that span.
  • Rob always moves forward, putting pressure on his foes as he loads up with big strikes, but he has a really good jab to set those blows up if he takes his time. He has outstanding conditioning that allows him to maintain a strong pace through the duration of the bout.
  • Font’s last three fights were Sergio Pettis (win – unanimous decision), Ricky Simon (win – unanimous decision) and Marlon Moraes (win – knockout).


Garbrandt: Need to Knows
  • Garbrandt won the bantamweight title back in December 2016 with a dominant performance against Dominick Cruz but failed to defend it, losing three straight fights afterward. He carries a 12-3 record with each of his losses being knockouts while 10 of his 12 wins have come in the same manner.
  • No Love is very fast but challenges his foes by going shot for shot, which led to his knockout losses. He averages 3.35 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.33. He has never been taken down in the UFC and averages 0.84 takedowns per 15 minutes himself.
  • He has outstanding footwork and is so fast that he is hard to hit. However, he can be goaded into a firefight as he will fight with emotion rather than his pure skill. With his speed, his counters are most dangerous, catching foes when they’ve missed a strike and hitting them hard.
  • Garbrandt’s last three fights were T.J. Dillashaw (loss – knockout), Pedro Munhoz (loss – knockout) and Raphael Assuncao (win – knockout).

Prediction: Cody Garbrandt (-105) via knockout

Xiaonan Yan vs Carla Esparza Odds & Prediction

FighterOdds
Xiaonan Yan-120
Carla Esparza+100

A lengthy winning streak will come to a close between two women’s strawweight contenders. The former champion, Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza (+100), is riding a four-fight winning streak, the longest of her UFC career. Yan “Fury” Xiaonan (-120) is 11-0 with a no contest since her first pro loss in 2010, including six straight wins in the Octagon.


Yan: Need to Knows
  • Yan dropped her third pro fight via submission and has done nothing but win since. She holds a 13-1 record with one no contest and five of her victories have come via knockout.
  • She has outstruck all six of her opponents in the Octagon, going the distance in each bout. She averages 6.42 significant strikes per minute while absorbing just 3.63. Fury also averages one takedown per 15 minutes but five of her six total takedowns came in one fight.
  • Xiaonan has very good striking, throwing straight accurate punches in the pocket, and her footwork is also impressive, allowing her to avoid taking much damage. She has been taken down five times in her UFC career but stuffs 75 percent of attempts against.
  • Yan’s last three fights were Angela Hill (win – unanimous decision), Karolina Kowalkiewicz (win – unanimous decision) and Claudia Gadelha (win – unanimous decision).


Esparza: Need to Knows
  • Esparza was the first UFC women’s strawweight champion, beating Rose Namajunas in 2014 in the Ultimate Fighter finale. She promptly lost the belt to Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her first defense. Overall, she is 17-6 with seven of her wins coming by finish (three knockouts, four submissions). She’s also been stopped three times, twice by knockout and once by submission.
  • Cookie Monster doesn’t use her striking to win fights, averaging just 2.29 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.85. Rather, it is her grappling that carries her to victory – she averages 3.44 takedowns per 15 minutes and has secured multiple takedowns in nine of her 12 UFC bouts.
  • Carla has a great ability to level change and time her takedowns when her opponents close the distance. She maintains great top control and can wrestle endlessly for the duration of the fight. On the feet, she will counter when she’s caught in the pocket but mostly she evades and looks for yet another opportunity for a takedown.
  • Esparza’s last three fights were Alexa Grasso (win – majority decision), Michelle Waterson (win – split decision) and Marina Rodriguez (win – split decision).

Prediction: Carla Esparza (+100) via decision

Justin Tafa vs Jared Vanderaa Odds & Prediction

FighterOdds
Justin Tafa-185
Jared Vanderaa+150

Two heavyweights will be looking to get back in the win column in a big way. Jared “The Mountain” Vanderaa (+150) lost his UFC debut in February via a second-round knockout. Meanwhile, Justin “Bad Man” Tafa (-185) is coming off a split-decision loss in his first-ever fight to go the distance.


Tafa: Need to Knows
  • Tafa’s first five pro fights ended by knockout, four of which he won after his UFC debut ended in a knockout loss. Overall, he is 4-2, with all of his wins coming by knockout and his losses by knockout and decision.
  • Bad Man is exactly that as his kickboxing skills are punishing and brutal. Like many heavyweights, he stands rather flat-footed but has deceptive speed with good kicks and accurate punches.
  • The southpaw has only a 74-inch reach so he must use his kicks to draw out an attack and then counters with his hands when his opponent engages. However, at times he gets impatient and rushes in to strike, which puts him in danger.
  • Tafa’s last three fights were Yorgan De Castro (loss – knockout), Juan Adams (win – knockout) and Carlo Felipe (loss – split decision).


Vanderaa: Need to Knows
  • Vanderaa earned his UFC contract with a first-round knockout victory in Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series but lost his debut three months later. His record stands at 11-5 with 10 of his wins being stoppages (seven knockouts, three submissions). He has also been finished three times, with a knockout and two submissions.
  • The Mountain was outstruck 51-13 in his debut vs Sergey Spivak while also being taken down three times. In his DWTCS appearance, though, he landed a takedown while outstriking his opponent 23-17.
  • He is a big lumbering heavyweight who stalks forward and has a good jab and solid head movement. However, he doesn’t see punches coming his way very well, often being late to react and simply absorbing the strike while looking to counter back.
  • Vanderaa’s last three fights were Tony Lopez (win – unanimous decision), Harry Hunsucker (win – knockout) and Sergey Spivak (loss – knockout).

Prediction: Justin Tafa (-185) via decision

Felicia Spencer vs Norma Dumont Odds & Prediction

FighterOdds
Felicia Spencer-190
Norma Dumont+155

Returning to the Octagon for the first time since fighting Amanda Nunes for the featherweight belt, Felicia “FeeNom” Spencer (-190) is looking to get back in the win column. Meanwhile, Norma “The Immortal” Dumont (+155) picked up her first UFC win in her last outing in November and now looks to make it two in a row in the organization.


Spencer: Need to Knows
  • Spencer has just two defeats on her record, coming against former featherweight champ Cris Cyborg and the current champ, Amanda Nunes. Outside of those fights, she’s 8-0 with six stoppages (two knockouts, four submissions).
  • FeeNom is extremely tough, absorbing a ton of damage in her losses to Cyborg and Nunes, when she was outstruck by a combined 246-80. In her two other UFC bouts, she outstruck and finished her foes.
  • Felicia doesn’t have a ton of power in her hands or great setups. She typically puts her chin down and moves forward with straight punches looking to get in a grappling exchange with her opponent. She’s very strong with her grappling and aggressive on the floor.
  • Spencer’s last three fights were Cris Cyborg (loss – unanimous decision), Zarah Fairn dos Santos (win – knockout) and Amanda Nunes (loss – unanimous decision).


Dumont: Need to Knows
  • Dumont was a perfect 4-0 when she made her UFC debut against Megan Anderson but suffered her one and only loss in that appearance. She is 5-1 with two of her wins coming by submission.
  • The Immortal throws a lot of feints before throwing strikes but when she lets her hands go, she has crisp accurate strikes as well as good kicks. She also has good head movement and is quite elusive, creating angles to avoid absorbing damage.
  • Norma’s grappling is probably her strongest attribute. She has an aggressive ground and pound and is always searching for submissions.
  • Dumont’s last three fights were Mariana Morais (win – majority decision), Megan Anderson (loss – knockout) and Ashlee Evans-Smith (win – unanimous decision).

Prediction: Norma Dumont (+155) via decision

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Jack Hermansson vs Edmen Shahbazyan Odds & Prediction

FighterOdds
Jack Hermansson-155
Edmen Shahbazyan+130

These two were supposed to collide last week at UFC 262 but an illness forced the bout to this weekend. Fresh off his first professional loss last August, Edmen “The Golden Boy” Shahbazyan (+130) returns to the cage and is hoping to return to the win column. Meanwhile, Jack “The Joker” Hermansson (-155) is also coming off a defeat at the hands of middleweight title challenger Marvin Vettori in December.


Hermansson: Need to Knows
  • Hermansson skyrocketed up the middleweight rankings amid a four-fight winning streak but has hit a wall, going 1-2 over his last three. He has a 21-6 record with 17 of his wins by stoppage (11 knockouts, six submissions). Four of his six losses are finishes, with two knockouts and two submissions.
  • The Joker has a high output of 5.03 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.46. It’s not only striking for him, though, as he also averages 1.96 takedowns per 15 minutes.
  • He is a straightforward fighter, moving directly at his counterpart looking to get into a grappling exchange. He also has a great jab and his leg kicks are powerful as well. A big knock on Hermansson has been his conditioning, which makes him take poor takedown attempts.
  • Hermansson’s last three fights were Jared Cannonier (loss – knockout), Kelvin Gastelum (win – submission) and Marvin Vettori (loss – unanimous decision).


Shahbazyan: Need to Knows
  • Prior to his first pro loss in 2020, Shahbazyan was on a tear with three first-round finishes in 2019. Among his 11 pro wins, 10 have been stoppages with nine knockouts and one submission.
  • He has a very calm demeanor, rarely looking panicked and never rushing his work. The Golden Boy has good forward pressure and great jabs and ultimately is very dangerous in boxing range.
  • His wrestling defense is a little suspect. He was brought to the floor four times in his loss to Derek Brunson, and his conditioning was really exposed as he got stopped later in the fight.
  • Shahbazyan’s last three fights were Jack Marshman (win – submission), Brad Tavares (win – knockout) and Derek Brunson (loss – knockout).

Prediction: Jack Hermansson (-155) via decision

UFC Fight Night: Font vs Garbrandt Best Bets

FighterOdds
Bantamweight – Cody Garbrandt -105
Women’s Strawweight – Carla Esparza+100
Heavyweight – Justin Tafa-185
Women’s Featherweight – Norma Dumont+155
Middleweight – Jack Hermansson-155