UFC is back in action this Saturday, March 23, 2024 with a 13 fight card live from the Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Prelims are scheduled to start at 7PM ET and the Main Card is set for 10PM ET. While there isn’t too much name value on this card, there is a number of intriguing matchups and I am sure that this card will deliver some quality action. Take a look below for my official UFC Vegas 88 Prediction.

Fernando Padilla (15-5) Vs Luis Pajuelo (8-1)

Fernando Padilla burst onto the UFC scene with a nasty knockout of Julian Erosa last April 2023.

He failed to follow it up in his sophomore appearance losing a decision to Kyle Nelson.

Fernando is proven finisher with 13 of his 15 wins coming by way of stoppage. He also is extremely tough having never been finished himself.

He will hold a 2 inch height advantage and is also the younger man by 2 years.

Luis Pajuelo is a man I’ve been waiting to see make his UFC debut after a dominant first round finish of Robbie Ring last summer on the Contender Series.

He is also a proven finisher with 7 of his 8 wins coming via finish and his two losses were split decision losses. An argument could be made that he has never truly lost a clear fight.

From what I have seen Pajuelo is an absolute dog and will not stop pushing the pace the entire fight. He will need to be careful in this matchup as Fernando certainly poses danger.

There is a reason this fight kicks off the Main Card and I expect it to be an absolute war. However in my prediction Pajuelo will prevail and pick up another stoppage win. There is considerable value on Pajuelo by KO at +350 but I will just play it safe and just take the moneyline.

Pick: Luis Pajuelo ML (+140)

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