UFC Fight Night is set to get going this weekend from O2 Arena in London on Saturday, July 22 at 3 p.m. ET. There is a six-bout main card highlighted by a heavyweight fight between #5 Tom Aspinall and #10 Marcin Tybura. Also notable on the main card is a featherweight fight between Lerone Murphy and Josh Culibao.
Murphy (12-0-1) has reeled off 4 straight wins, including a split-decision victory over Gabriel Santos at UFC 286 in March. After a draw to begin his career in 2019, Murphy has not looked back, slowly inching up the featherweight rankings while remaining unbeaten. The 31-year-old has a 73” reach along with a 48% striking accuracy.
Culibao (11-1-1) has won 3 fights in a row, including a second-round submission decision win against Melsik Baghdasaryan at UFC 284 in February. After losing to Jalin Turner in his debut, Culibao has been impressive of late. The 29-year-old fights with a 73” reach, along with a 43% striking accuracy.
How to watch Lerone Murphy vs. Josh Culibao
Date: Saturday, July 22
Fight time: Main card starts at 3 p.m. ET
Live stream: ESPN+
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds/Predictions
Splits: 84% of handle, 73% of bets on Murphy
It’s not surprising to see the public in favor of Murphy, as he brings a versatile style of fighting into the octagon. Culibao is as tough as they come and can land a strong strike when needed. If Murphy keeps him grounded and slows down the pace of the fight, he can emerge with a win. Look for Culibao to bait him and sneak in a haymaker or two. Overall, in a closely contested fight, lean toward Murphy to keep his unbeaten streak alive. Murphy on the moneyline or by decision (+130) are good value.