UFC on Fox 18: Johnson vs. Bader predictions

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UFC on Fox 18

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The UFC returns to action for UFC on Fox 18: Johnson vs. Bader on Saturday, January 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The night kicks off with a three-fight early prelim card at 3:30 p.m. eastern on UFC Fight Pass, followed by a six-fight preliminary card on Fox Sports 1 at 5:00pm and finishes up with a four-fight main card at 8:00 p.m. on Fox.

The main event features a five-round light heavyweight bout between Anthony Johnson and Ryan Bader in what could be a potential light heavyweight title eliminator bout. Johnson has lost only a single fight since 2012 and that was against light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier. Bader is riding a five-fight win streak with his last loss coming in September 2013 to Glover Teixeira.

The co-main event features a three-round heavyweight bout between Josh Barnett and Ben Rothwell. Barnett is 3-1 over his last four bouts with his only loss coming via first-round TKO to Travis Browne in December 2013. Rothwell has won three-straight bouts with his last win coming via first-round submission to Matt Mitrione in June.

13 bouts are schedule for UFC on Fox 18 and the Mill City Sports MMA crew has predicted who will be the winner of each main card fight. This week’s Mill City Sports predictions are sponsored by DraftKings!

Our picks for our DraftKings lineup for Saturday night: Anthony Johnson ($10,900); Ben Rothwell ($9,300); Diego Ferreira ($9,000); Randy Brown ($10,500); and Felipe Olivieri ($9,400).

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Take a look at our predictions for this weekend’s UFC on Fox 18 main card:

UFC ON FOX 18
PREDICTIONS
Johnson
vs.
Bader
Barnett
vs.
Rothwell
Alcântara
vs. Rivera
Northcutt
vs.
Barberena
Ju. Soderberg
All-time: 223-124
Anthony
Johnson
Ben
Rothwell
Iuri
Alcântara
Sage
Northcutt
G. Celona
All-time: 121-137
Ryan
Bader
Josh
Barnett
Iuri
Alcântara
Jimmie
Rivera
M. McMahon
All-time: 207-131
Anthony
Johnson
Ben
Rothwell
Iuri
Alcântara
Sage
Northcutt
M. Foley
All-time: 85-64
Anthony
Johnson
Josh
Barnett
Iuri
Alcântara
Sage
Northcutt
Ja. Soderberg
All-time: 103-77
Anthony
Johnson
Josh
Barnett
Iuri
Alcântara
Sage
Northcutt
UFC ON FOX 18
UNDER CARDS
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Jake Ellenberger; Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira; Kevin Casey vs. Rafael Natal; Dustin Ortiz vs. Wilson Reis; George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev;  Alex Caceres vs. Masio Fullen; Levan Makashvili vs. Damon Jackson; Tony Martin vs. Felipe Olivieri; and  Matt Dwyer vs. Randy Brown.

Next up after UFC on Fox 18 is UFC Fight Night 82 on Saturday, February 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. A five-round welterweight fight between Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson is expected to headline the event.