Zabit Magomedsharipov has had a difficult time finding opponents, reportedly because many fellow featherweight fighters are wary of stepping into the octagon with him. Calvin Kattar has no such concerns, even if taking the bout meant traveling to his opponent’s home country. The fearless contenders square off on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night 163 in Moscow. The 12-bout stop at CSKA Arena features the main UFC Fight Night 163 card starting at 2 p.m. ET. The Russia-born Magomedsharipov (17-1) has fought just three times since 2018, but his relative inactivity can be explained by a trend of potential opponents failing to sign a contract. Zabit is a -300 favorite (risk $300 to win $100), while Kattar is offered at +250 in the latest Magomedsharipov vs. Kattar odds. In the co-main event, former NFL player Greg Hardy (+230) meets seventh-ranked contender Alexander Volkov (-270) in a heavyweight fight. Before making any Zabit vs. Kattar picks of your own, see what SportsLine MMA expert Kyle Marley has to say.
Marley won the first-ever “ToutMaster” UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and is in contention to win this year’s contest. He also appears regularly on multiple MMA betting and DFS shows. Over the past year, $100 bettors who have followed Marley’s picks are up more than $19,000.
For last week’s much-anticipated UFC 244 card, Marley told SportsLine members that Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal (-140) would defeat Nate Diaz in a welterweight clash for the “BMF” title in the main event. He argued that Masvidal’s boxing skills and power would be too much for Diaz and predicted a stoppage win for Masvidal. The result: the bout was called after the third round because the doctor determined Diaz could not continue.
Marley also predicted that Darren Till (+175) would use his reach advantage and striking to upset Kelvin Gastelum (-210) in the middleweight co-main event, giving his followers a lucrative underdog winner. Those who have consistently followed Marley are way up.
Now, with UFC Fight Night 163 fast approaching, Marley has carefully studied every matchup on the card, identified the best value in the UFC odds and released his MMA picks for every single fight. He’s sharing those selections only over at SportsLine.
Marley knows Saturday’s main event is widely expected to be an action-packed bout between two of the division’s rising stars, and the winner should be well-positioned for a title bout in the near future. The Dagestan-born Magomedsharipov is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the UFC’s more well-rounded fighters. The 28-year-old has won 13 straight professional bouts, with his lone defeat coming in the ProFC promotion in April 2013. Magomedsharipov has three submissions among his five UFC victories since joining the promotion in September 2017. His latest win came via unanimous decision against veteran contender Jeremy Stephens in March.
Magomedsharipov faces another dangerous opponent in Kattar, who is an accomplished wrestler but is also emerging as one of the division’s most powerful strikers. The Methuen, Mass., native has seen his last three victories come by stoppage. He scored a technical knockout of Ricardo Lamas in June. You can get all of Marley’s Zabit vs. Kattar predictions at SportsLine.
We’ll share one of Marley’s UFC Fight Night 163 predictions here: He is backing Ramazan Emeev (-155) to get his hand raised against Anthony Rocco Martin (+135) in a welterweight fight on the main UFC Fight Night 163 fight card.
Emeev (18-3) is one of several native Russians on the card, but his inclusion on the main UFC Moscow card appears to have little do with regional bias. He has won all three of his bouts in the UFC, but is returning to the octagon after a year-plus layoff. Meanwhile, Martin (16-5) has won four of his past five bouts, but saw his rise up the welterweight ranks halted with a submission loss to jiu-jitsu specialist Demian Maia in June.
“Emeev is the better striker and should be able to stuff most takedown attempts, and he will probably get back up even if he is taken down,” Marley told SportsLine. “Martin’s best path to victory is through the ground, but this is probably going to be a slower-paced fight where neither fighter is getting blown away.”
Marley also has strong picks for Magomedsharipov vs. Kattar, Hardy vs. Volkov and every other bout on the UFC Fight Night 163 card. You can see each one only at SportsLine.
Who wins Magomedsharipov vs. Kattar? And how exactly does each fight end? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed picks on every fight at UFC Fight Night 163, all from the expert who’s up more than $19,000 on MMA in the past year, and find out.