UFC 298 is finally upon us live Saturday February 17, 2024 from Anaheim, California at the sold out Honda Center. Take a look below for my UFC 298 Predictions.

Alexander Volkanovski (26-3) vs. Ilia Topuria (14-0)

Despite coming off a bad knockout loss to Islam Makhachev last October, I am backing Volkanovski to retain the featherweight belt. It won’t be easy as Topuria is as legit as they come but I have a feeling he gets it done.

Pick: Alexander Volkanovski ML (-120)

Robert Whittaker (24-7) vs. Paulo Costa (14-2)

Whittaker has been unstoppable for almost the last 10 years except for losses to Israel Adesanya (X2) and Dricus Du Plessis. There is no shame in losing to these men as they are both top tier fighters. On the other hand Costa has fought just once a year the last 6 years and not fighting at all in 2023. He also has a loss to Adesanya and another to Marvin Vettori who Whittaker beat in 2022. This is a close fight but I will back Costa to get the job done.

Pick: Paulo Costa ML (+195)

Merab Dvalishvili (16-4) vs. Henry Cejudo (16-3)

There is a simple rule I follow for Cejudo fights and that is ABC – Always Bet Cejudo. He retired in his prime and in his first fight back he lost a narrow split decision to then champion Aljamain Sterling. Merab has been on quite the streak in recent years but I believe Cejudo has the skills to win a clear decision here.

Pick: Henry Cejudo ML (+195)

Zhang Mingyang (16-6) vs. Brendson Ribeiro (15-5)

Brendson Ribeiro got signed to the UFC after a wild knockout on the contender series where he was also the biggest underdog of the season. I’m not so familiar with his opponent Zhang Mingyang but I will take a chance to back Ribeiro at underdog odds again after winning massively on his last bout.

Pick: Brendson Riberio ML (+105)

Main card (Start time 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+ PPV)

  • Featherweight championship: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria
  • Middleweight: Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa
  • Welterweight: Geoff Neal vs. Ian Garry
  • Bantamweight: Merab Dvalishvili vs. Henry Cejudo
  • Middleweight: Anthony Hernandez vs. Roman Kopylov

Prelims (Start time 8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN+)

  • Women’s strawweight: Mackenzie Dern vs. Amanda Lemos
  • Heavyweight: Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Justin Tafa
  • Bantamweight: Rinya Nakamura vs. Carlos Vera
  • Light heavyweight: Zhang Mingyang vs. Brendson Ribeiro

Early prelims (Start time 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+)

  • Welterweight: Josh Quinlan vs. Danny Barlow
  • Middleweight: Oban Elliott vs. Val Woodburn
  • Women’s flyweight: Andrea Lee vs. Miranda Maverick

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