UFC Fight Night Co-Main Event card is Dennis "The Menace" Bermudez versus Andre "Touchy" Fili. Bermudez is an American Mixed Martial Arts artist in the Featherweight division. At age 31, he is 5'6", 145 pounds and is in great cardio shape. Bermudez is skilled in takedowns and the ground and pound. In 2016, Bermudez has two wins but in 2017 he was defeated in both of his bouts. One loss was to Chan Sung jung, when less than 3 minutes into the fight he succumbed to a stiff uppercut. The other loss was to Darren Elkins when Bermudez came out on the wrong side of a split decision. Asked how he felt about his 2017 losing streak Bermudez replied, "I'm starting fresh, just another day. The past is the past and I'm just going out there and fighting." The Menace lands 4.36 strikes per minute with a 45.69% accuracy. He averages 3.85 takedowns while grappling at a 41.94% accuracy. Bermudez defended 86.96% of takedowns and averages 1.19 when it comes to submissions. The Vegas odds makers moneyline is listed at -160 for Dennis Bermudez and +130 for Andre Fili.
Fili out of Sacramento is 27 years old, 5'11" and 145 pounds. He is well-rounded in mixed martial arts skills. In the 2017 UFC betting odds year, Fili won against Artem Lobov by unanimous decision even with Conor McGregor, Lobov's teammate, looking on. McGregor was even ordered to act professionally by the referee because he was constantly yelling and he wasn't a designated cornerman. Fili had one loss in 2017 to Calvin Kattar. Kattar was a short-notice replacement for the injured Doo Hoo Choi and a sizeable underdog that doled out stiff jabs, landed kicks and a takedown which utimately won him the bout. Fili lands 3.67 strikes per minute with a 38.17% accuracy. His UFC fighting stats show when grappling his takedown average is 2.74 with 50% accuracy and he defends 58.62% of takedowns. Will Bermudez turn the 2018 UFC Expert Picks year into a winning year or will the entertaining fighter, Fili, pull out an upset?