UFC 278 will take place from the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, August 20. The main event will be a fight between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards for the UFC Welterweight championship. The main card has five fights and the preliminary card is scheduled for four bouts scheduled at 8 p.m. ET. The early preliminary card starts at 6 p.m. and will be streamed on UFC Fight Pass. One of the matches on the early preliminary card is between flyweights Daniel Da Silva and Victor Altamirano.
Da Silva (11-3) was on a nice trajectory until COVID-19 shut things down and kept him out of a fight for almost two years. He has lost both of his fights in the UFC by stoppage, a submission loss to Francisco Figueiredo and a TKO loss to Jeff Molina. The upcoming fight against Altamirano is a good chance for Da Silva to reset his career.
Altamirano (10-2) earned a UFC contract after a close decision win over Carlos Candelario during Season Five of Dana White’s Contender Series. He lost his follow-up bout by split decision to Carlos Hernandez at UFC Fight Night on February 26. Altamirano needs to escape the octagon with a win Saturday to keep moving forward in the UFC.
How to watch Daniel Da Silva vs. Victor Altamirano
Date: Saturday, August 20
Fight time: Early preliminary card starts at 6:00 p.m. ET
Live stream: UFC Fight Pass
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds/Predictions
Da Silva: +150
Splits: 80% of handle on Da Silva, 55% of bets on Altamirano
Da Silva’s losses have generally come from self-inflicted mistakes and those can be overcome. His kickboxing could be an advantage against Altamirano, who leaves himself open for big strikes. This is a tough fight and should be the most competitive of the early prelims. I think Da Silva will get the upset here with his kickboxing.
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