On the whole Saturday’s UFC 250 preliminary card delivers with strong matchups between known fighters. Likewise, two of the UFC betting matchups on the preliminary card feature ranked combatants. Ian Heinisch and Cody Stamann are those ranked fighters. In the same way, there are no mismatches that gamblers would consider to be locked. As a consequence, the preliminary card offers a good handicapping challenge. Now let’s take a look at all four bouts on Saturday’s preliminary card.
UFC 250 Preliminary Card
|Date and Time:||Saturday, June 6, 2020, 8 p.m. ET|
|Location:||UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|UFC 250 Preliminary Card TV Coverage:||ESPN|
UFC 250 Preliminary Card Betting odds at SBG:
|Alex Caceres vs. Chase Hooper||+125 / -145|
|Ian Heinisch vs. Gerald Meerschaert||-125 / +105|
|Cody Stamann vs. Brian Kelleher||-240 / +200|
|Charles Byrd vs. Maki Pitolo||-170 / +150|
Alex Caceres vs. Chase Hooper – Featherweight Bout
Chase “The Dream” Hooper has a career online wagering record of 7-0-1. Hooper has two knockouts, four submissions and two decision wins. The last time out for “The Dream” was a first-round knockout win over Daniel “Kid Dynamite” Teymur on December 14, 2019. It was his first-ever UFC Bout.
Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres has a career record of 15-12. Caceres has three knockouts, five submissions, and six decision wins. Of great concern for gamblers is that “Bruce Leeroy” has lost four of his last seven fights. He did win his most recent bout on July 20, 2019, in a unanimous decision over Steven Peterson.
Ian Heinisch vs. Gerald Meerschaert – Middleweight Bout
Concurrently Ian “The Hurricane” Heinisch is ranked 12th in the UFC middleweight rankings. Heinisch has a career record of 13-3. That record includes four knockouts, two submissions, and seven decision wins. However, Heinisch has hit the skids with two losses in his last two fights. December 14, 2019, saw Heinisch lose a unanimous decision to Omari Akhmedov. And on August 17, 2019, Heinisch lost by unanimous decision to Derek Brunson. Prior to that had Heinisch won five bouts in a row?
Counter to that is Gerald “GM3” Meerschaert’s record of 30 wins and 12 losses. Meerschaert is best known for being the RFA middleweight champion. Meerschaert is coming off a submission choke win over Deron Winn on March 7, 2020. That victory was just the second in his last five bouts.
Cody Stamann vs. Brian Kelleher – Featherweight Bout
Number 12 in the UFC bantamweight ranking is Cody “Spartan” Stamann. Consistent with that is a UFC Betting record of 18 wins, two losses, and one draw. Stamann is coming off a majority draw against Song Yadong on December 7, 2019. He is 11-1-1 in his last 13 bouts.
By contrast, Brian “Boom” Kelleher has a career record of 21 wins and 10 losses. Kelleher has won his last two bouts after losing the two previous bouts before that. On May 13, 2020, Kelleher won a second-round knockout over Hunter Azure.
Charles Byrd vs. Make Pitolo – Middleweight Bout
Maki “Coconut Bombz” Pitolo has a career record of 11-5. Extending that record is six knockout and three submission wins. Pitolo is coming off an October 5, 2019 decision loss to Callan “The Rockstar” Potter.
Charles “Kid Dynamite” Byrd has a career record of 10-6. The account of his last two bouts being losses is his stock down. On March 2, 2019, Byrd lost by knockout to Edmen Shahbazyan.
UFC 250 Preliminary Card Picks: Chase Hooper, Ian Heinisch, Brian Kelleher, Charles Byrd