Most UFC cards are staged on Saturday nights – or at least shown on television in the USA on Saturdays if in other parts of the world – but this week’s UFC Fight Night 112 takes place Sunday evening from Oklahoma City, with the main card to start around 9pm ET on Fox Sports 1.
The main event is a lightweight bout between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee, with Lee listed as the -140 betting favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com and Chiesa at +110.
Chiesa is the UFC’s No. 7 contender in the lightweight division, whose champion is a guy named Conor McGregor. Doesn’t he have some sort of event coming up in two months? “Maverick” Chiesa is 14-2 in his MMA career with not a single victory by KO or TKO – 10 are by submission. He has won his past three in the Octagon but hasn’t fought since April 2016 when Chiesa beat Beniel Dariush by second-round submission (rear-naked choke).
Chiesa, a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter reality series, was to fight Tony Ferguson last summer but had to pull out of that with a ruptured disc in his back.
Lee (15-2) is ranked No. 12 in the division and will give up four inches of height to Chiesa but has a two-inch reach advantage. “The Motown Phenom” has four straight victories since a loss to Leonardo Santos on the McGregor-Jose Aldo UFC 194 undercard.
Lee last fought in March and beat Francisco Trinaldo by second-round submission (rear-naked choke). Only one of Lee’s 15 wins have come by KO/TKO. The other 14 have been split down the middle via submission or decision.
Also on the card is a middleweight fight between Johny Hendricks (18-6) and Tim Boetsch (20-11). Hendricks is a former UFC welterweight champion and the -225 betting favorite. He has seen better days, however, as five of his six losses have come in his past eight outings.
Hendricks ended a three-fight skid in February with a unanimous decision over Hector Lombard. Boetsch (+175) has dropped seven of his past 11 and comes off a first-round submission defeat to Ronaldo Souza in February.
UFC Hall of Famer and former lightweight champion B.J. Penn (16-11-2) might be in the Octagon for the final time as the 38-year-old is winless since November 2010, a total of five fights. Penn, who temporarily retired in 2014, is a +170 underdog in a featherweight matchup against Dennis Siver (22-11-1), who is -210.
Siver is also 38 and has one victory in his past five. He hasn’t been in the Octagon since a loss to Tatsuya Kawajiri in June 2015.