Heavyweights on the bubble will wrap up the UFC's return to the nation's capital, with former UFC title contender Alistair Overeem taking on newcomer and potential UFC rookie of the year Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Both have deep kickboxing experience, and the matchup has all the ingredients for a quick and violent ending.
Betting odds are currently close and in some places have flipped, but regardless of who the favorite is on fight night, the matchup dynamics will keep prices close.
Early prelims begin at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+, with the main card at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Here is where I see some betting value on the card.
Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook as of Wednesday.
Heavyweight Main Event: No. 6 Alistair Overeem (-110) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (-120)
On paper, Rozenstruik won't give up much reach on Overeem and will come in the younger and far less damaged fighter. This is critical at heavyweight, where there's little room for error and not much time to wait out heavy-hitting opponents. If a slugfest starts out of the gates, Rozenstruik might be able to take a few shots, and Overeem's chin is unlikely to last the first salvo.