UFC on ESPN+ 40 predictions: Can Glover Teixeira stay hot vs. Thiago Santos? – MMA Junkie

The UFC is back in its home base this week with a pair of former title challengers in the main event.

UFC on ESPN+ 40 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card streams on ESPN+.

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In the main event, Thiago Santos (21-7 MMA, 13-6 UFC) takes on Glover Teixeira (31-7 MMA, 14-5 UFC) at light heavyweight. The winner will stay in the title picture. Santos is more a -250 favorite at BetMGM; the comeback on Teixeira is +200. Among our 14 editors, writers, videographers and radio hosts, only two are taking Teixeira in an upset.

In the co-feature, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (29-19 MMA, 18-13 UFC) takes on Tanner Boser (19-6-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Boser is a -313 favorite, but he has just a 9-5 lead over Arlovski in the picks.

Also on the main card, Raoni Barcelos (15-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) meets Khalid Taha (14-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in a bantamweight bout. Barcelos is a heavy -371 favorite and has a big 11-3 picks lead.

Brendan Allen (15-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) fights Ian Heinisch (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in a middleweight bout that is a pick’em with the oddsmakers. It’s close among our pickers, too, with an 8-6 lead for Allen.

And to open the main card, former women’s strawweight title challenger Claudia Gadelha (18-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) takes on Yan Xiaonan (12-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC). Xiaonan is a -162 favorite, but it’s Gadelha with an 8-6 picks lead.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Santos (72 percent), Boser (71 percent), Barcelos (83 percent), Allen (51 percent) and Gadelha (53 percent) are the choices.

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