UFC 288 is set to get going this weekend from the Prudential Center in New Jersey, on Saturday, May 6 at 10 p.m. ET. There is a five-bout main card highlighted by a bantamweight title fight between Aljamain Sterling and Henry Cejudo. Also notable on the main card is a featherweight fight between Movsar Evloev and Diego Lopes.
Evloev (16-0) enters this fight with an undefeated record, including five straight wins under UFC contract. The Russian born fighter stands at 5’8” with a 72” reach and 46% striking accuracy. Last June he won by way of unanimous decision over Dan Ige. Evloev is a strong grappler and is content with going the distance as 9 of his 16 wins have come by decision. He looks to keep the ball rolling this weekend and take a step up in the featherweight rankings with a convincing win.
Lopes (20-5) is making his UFC debut in this one fighting out of Brazil. He stands at 5’11” along with a 72” and a 50% striking accuracy. Lopes made an appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2021, losing to Joanderson Brito by way of technical decision. Since this stint, he has a couple of KO wins in the Lux Fighting and Fury Fighting leagues. Now he steps in as a replacement for Bryce Mitchell, looking to pull off an upset.
How to watch Movsar Evloev vs. Diego Lopes
Date: Saturday, May 6
Fight time: Main card starts at 10 p.m. ET
Live stream: ESPN+ PPV
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds/Predictions
Splits: 84% of handle, 85% of bets on Evloev
This is another opportunity for Evloev to continue his dominance. Lopes is in a tough spot, replacing a fighter in just about five days notice. Although Lopes has brief UFC experience, lean toward Evloev to win this one. His grappling and striking will overwhelm Lopes.