UFC Vegas 85: Dolidze vs. Imavov Staff Picks

UFC Vegas 85: Dolidze vs. Imavov Staff Picks

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  • février 5, 2024
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MMASucka staff picks are locked in for the first card of the new month.

UFC Vegas 85, also titled as UFC Fight Night 235, will take place this evening, February 3rd from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The preliminary card kicks off at 4:00pm ET (1:00pm PT) with the main card at 7:00pm ET (4:00pm PT). All fights are available to watch on ESPN+.

Stay tuned here at MMASucka for UFC Vegas 85: Dolidze vs. Imavov results.

Main Event

Top 15 ranked middleweights of Roman Dolidze and Nassourdine Imavov will fight for their rightful spot at 185 pounds in the featured main event.

Georgia’s Dolidze will get his first main appearance in his ninth promotional fight since July of 2020. The heavyweight-turned-middleweight grappler returns to the octagon nearly a year since his second career loss to Marvin Vettori; a defeat that snapped a four-fight win streak and a three-fight string of knockouts. Dolidze’s opponent, Imavov, returned to the division in June of last year but saw his fight with Chris Curtis end in a “No Contest” following a clash of heads. The Frenchman out of Fernand Lopez’s MMA Factory will turn 29 next month as he targets his first win since a decision over Joaquin Buckley in September of 2022.

Co-Main Event

Looking to steal the show sees Renato Moicano and Drew Dober set to meet in the co-main event at lightweight. Submission specialist Moicano returns after a near-15 month hiatus where he earned his tenth professional submission and tenth by way of rear-naked choke over Brad Riddell. Dangerous finisher Dober reached his 40th MMA fight in October where he stopped Ricky Glenn by knockout inside three minutes.

Additional Fights

Two welterweight bouts compose the main card. Former Ring of Combat Welterweight Champion Randy Brown fights Wushu Sanda striker Muslim Salikov, and the Ultimate Fighter 29 contender Gilbert Urbina takes on former Cage Fury FC Champion Charles Radtke in the main card opener.

#7-ranked Viviane Araujo and #9-ranked Natalia Silva hope for a big performance in the women’s flyweight division. Lastly, unpredictable finishers Aliaskhab Khizriev and Makhmud Muradov will clash at 185 pounds.

See our MMASucka staff picks and predictions for UFC Vegas 85: Dolidze vs. Imavov further below.

Staff Picks

MMASucka staff picks are composed of four of the world’s leading mixed martial arts organizations: the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the Professional Fighters League (PFL MMA), ONE Championship (ONE FC), and Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS).

  • UFC picks will compose main card fights ranging from four to six matchups per event.
  • PFL MMA picks are to be determined as card structures will likely change following last year’s merger with Bellator MMA.
  • ONE FC and DWCS picks will feature all MMA fights from the event with a minimum of three matchups.

The individual who picks the most victorious fighters by the end of 2024 will have a choice between receiving a custom-made championship belt from ProAmBelts or a detailed chain from Championship Chains. Staff picks in 2023 were won by Ben Jamieson with a record of 300-148.

See below for our main card picks from UFC Vegas 85: Dolidze vs. Imavov.

RECORDS AFTER UFC 297:

1. Frazer Krohn: 14-52T. Julio Monteros Jr.: 12-72T. Nate Freeman: 12-74T. Wesley Riddle: 10-94T. Michael DeSantis: 10-95T. Jeremy Brand: 9-107. Andrew Benjamin: 8-68. Casey Cooper: 4-59. Lukas DeWitt: 1-4

*Note – not all staff pick for every event*

Gilbert Urbina (7-3), +170vs.Charles Radtke (8-3), -215

WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION– 170 LBS – 77.1 KG –

Jeremy Brand: Urbina via Unanimous DecisionWesley Riddle: Urbina via Unanimous DecisionMichael DeSantis: Urbina via Round 2 TKOFrazer Krohn: Urbina via Unanimous DecisionNate Freeman: Urbina via Unanimous DecisionLukas DeWitt: Radtke via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Urbina: 5Staff picking Radtke: 1

Aliaskhab Khizriev (14-0), -140vs.Makhmud Muradov (26-8), +115

MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION– 185 LBS – 83.9 KG –

Jeremy Brand: Khizriev via Round 2 TKOWesley Riddle: Khizriev via Round 1 SUBMichael DeSantis: Khizriev via Round 2 SUBFrazer Krohn: Khizriev via Round 2 SUBNate Freeman: Khizriev via Round 2 SUBLukas DeWitt: Khizriev via Round 1 SUB

Staff picking Khizriev: 6Staff picking Muradov: 0

Viviane Araujo (12-5), +280vs.Natalia Silva (16-5-1), -375

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT DIVISION– 125 LBS – 56.7 KG –

Jeremy Brand: Silva via Unanimous DecisionWesley Riddle: Silva via Split DecisionMichael DeSantis: Silva via Unanimous DecisionFrazer Krohn: Silva via Unanimous DecisionNate Freeman: Silva via Unanimous DecisionLukas DeWitt: Silva via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Araujo: 0Staff picking Silva: 6

Randy Brown (17-5), -275vs.Muslim Salikhov (19-4), +225

WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION– 170 LBS – 77.1 KG –

Jeremy Brand: Salikhov via Unanimous DecisionWesley Riddle: Brown via Round 3 TKOMichael DeSantis: Brown via Unanimous DecisionFrazer Krohn: Brown via Unanimous DecisionNate Freeman: Brown via Unanimous DecisionLukas DeWitt: Brown via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Brown: 5Staff picking Salikhov: 1

Renato Moicano (17-5-1), -175vs.Drew Dober (27-12, 1 NC), +145

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION– CO-MAIN EVENT –– 155 LBS – 70.3 KG –

Jeremy Brand: Dober via Round 2 TKOWesley Riddle: Moicano via Round 1 SUBMichael DeSantis: Dober via Round 1 TKOFrazer Krohn: Moicano via Round 1 SUBNate Freeman: Moicano via Split DecisionLukas DeWitt: Dober via Round 1 TKO

Staff picking Moicano: 3Staff picking Dober: 3

Roman Dolidze (12-2), +135vs.Nassourdine Imavov (12-4, 1 NC), -165

MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION– MAIN EVENT –– 185 LBS – 83.9 KG –

Jeremy Brand: Dolidze via Round 3 TKOWesley Riddle: Dolidze via Round 4 TKOMichael DeSantis: Dolidze via Unanimous DecisionFrazer Krohn: Dolidze via Round 4 SUBNate Freeman: Dolidze via Split DecisionLukas DeWitt: Imavov via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Dolidze: 5Staff picking Imavov: 1

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