UFC Fight Night expert picks: Who bounces back from loss to Adesanya: Costa or Vettori?

  • MMA columnist for ESPN.com
  • Analyst for “MMA Live”
  • Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun

Saturday’s UFC Fight Night from the Apex in Las Vegas will feature a fascinating matchup between Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori (ESPN+, 4 p.m. ET; prelims 1 p.m. ET).

Both of these middleweights are coming off a failed title bid against Israel Adesanya in their most recent appearances. Costa (13-1) lost via TKO in the second round of a bout in September 2020. Vettori (17-4) suffered a unanimous decision loss in June.

Although both men fought for the title recently, this bout will still have a major impact on the pecking order of the UFC’s 185-pound division — even if the fight isn’t fought at 185 pounds.

Who has the edge in this contest? ESPN asked several experts for their breakdowns and predictions.

Din Thomas, Veteran MMA coach and UFC analyst

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