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UFC on ESPN 4 predictions — Rafael dos Anjos vs. Leon Edwards: Fight card, odds, start time, live stream

UFC heads back to the Lone Star state this weekend, with the UFC on ESPN 4 event emanating from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. The marquee fight on Saturday is a welterweight showdown featuring a legend in the sport and an up-and-comer who has been quietly earning his way into 170-pound title contention as former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos takes on Leon Edwards. 

The legendary dos Anjos snapped a two-fight losing skid in May when he defeated the brash Kevin Lee via submission in the fourth round of their UFC Rochester main event. Prior to that, questions were raised as to how serious the former 155-pound champ could be taken as a welterweight title contender when he suffered back-to-back losses to Colby Covington and current 170-pound champ Kamaru Usman; two unanimous decision losses that, in hindsight, maybe weren’t as deflating as some had made them out to be in real time. 

Edwards may be best known as the man who caught the “three-piece and a soda” from Jorge Masvidal backstage following the UFC Fight Night event in London this past March, but the fact is the 27-year-old has been emerging as one of the quietest championship contenders in the promotion. Edwards has rattled off seven straight victories, with the most recent coming via split decision over Gunnar Nelson during that aforementioned London event. Should he push that winning streak to eight with a win over future UFC Hall of Famer dos Anjos, then it’ll be hard to ignore Edwards’ rise any longer. 

The UFC card in San Antonio on Saturday night also features the return of former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy as the controversial figure aims to earn his second UFC win when he battles Juan Adams. 

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Let’s now take a look at the full UFC on ESPN 4 card with the latest odds from Westgate.

UFC on ESPN 4 card

Favorite Underdog Weightclass

Leon Edwards -130

Rafael dos Anjos +110


Walt Harris -155

Aleksei Oleinik +135


Juan Adams -115

Greg Hardy -105


Dan Hooker -130

James Vick +110


Alexander Hernandez -200 Francisco Trinaldo +170 Lightweight
Ben Rothwell -185 Andrei Arlovski +155 Heavyweight

UFC on ESPN 4 viewing information

Date: Saturday, July 20 | Start time: 9 p.m. ET
Location: AT&T Center — San Antonio, Texas
TV Info: ESPN | Stream: WatchESPN

UFC on ESPN 4 prediction

Dos Anjos vs. Edwards: Yes it was a viral moment, but Edwards does deserve to be recognized for this efforts in the Octagon as opposed to unexpectedly catching some hands from Masvidal backstage in London; seven victories in a row is an admirable feat no matter who the opponents are on the opposite side of the cage. But Edwards has yet to meet someone in there as well-rounded, experienced and talented as dos Anjos — and make no mistake, despite the Covington and Usman losses, he still has a lot left in the tank. The former lightweight champ should be able to keep Edwards’ striking offense at bay with his grappling, possibly vaulting his name into welterweight championship contention some time in the near future. Pick: dos Anjos via unanimous decision

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