UFC Vegas 55 is set to get going this weekend from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, May 21. The main even features a top-five matchup in the women’s bantamweight division between former bantamweight champion Holly Holm and rising contender Ketlen Viera. The five-match main card starts at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN+.
In the women’s strawweight division Tabatha Ricci (6-1) will try to build on her most recent victory over Maria Oliveira back in October. She will take on veteran Polyana Viana (12-4), who has won two straight to bounce back from a three-fight slump. This match is expected to kick off the main card.
How to watch Polyana Viana vs. Tabatha Ricci
Date: Saturday, May 21
Fight time: Main card starts at 7:00 p.m. ET
Live stream: ESPN+ PPV
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds/Predictions
Viana to win by KO/TKO/DQ: +900
Viana to win by Submission:+400
Viana to win by Decision: +275
Ricci to win by KO/TKO/DQ: +700
Ricci to win by Submission: +350
Ricci to win by Decision: +180
Splits: 68% of handle, 59% of bets on Ricci
Ricci is an interesting fighter. She was asked to fight above her weight class in her UFC debut and got knocked out by Manon Fiorot at Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Sakai. But she showed some solid skills against Oliveira back at her normal weight. Viana will provide a much stiffer challenge, both physically and with Viana’s experience in the octagon. Ricci is a fun, aggressive fighter to watch. She got straight ahead and a win here could jump start her UFC run. Viana, however, is a submission fighter and will jump on any mistakes Ricci makes. In a close fight I think Viana can get Ricci to tap.
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