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Five of the Best UFC Fights to Watch in November 2020 – Figueiredo vs. Perez and More

| November 5, 2020 2:42 am PDT
Best UFC Fights to Watch in November 2020

What are the best UFC fights to bet on in November 2020? In all honesty, they are probably the same ones that you would class as the best to watch.

It’s the time of year again when you open the front door only to find a couple of polar bears going through the trash. Winter is here, my friend, and it’s going to be cold.

Well, depending on where you live, that is. You might be reading this from a beautiful part of the world where sunshine is ubiquitous as the sparkling turquoise waters gently slipping over the sand of a clean, deserted beach. If that’s you right now, say a prayer for the rest of us wrapped up in more layers than an onion.

But regardless of where any of us are, we can all agree that we’re stoked for the fights this month, right?

Well, for these following five, I certainly am.

Santos vs. Teixeira – UFC Fight Night, November 7

An all-Brazilian showdown between Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira goes down at the UFC APEX on Saturday, November 7.

Santos returns to the promotion for the first time since pushing Jon Jones scarily close at UFC 239 in July 2019. If not for an injury picked up in the fight, “Marreta” could have rewritten history. But alas, it was not to be for the 36-year-old.

Glover Teixeira is coming off a dominant and brutal beatdown of former title challenger Anthony Smith in May. The 41-year-old, like Santos, is 4-1 from his last five fights and aiming to push himself into the title picture with a win.

Santos is the better striker of the two, especially from a technical standpoint. He is faster and has displayed better movement in his impressive, albeit short career, at light heavyweight.

Teixeira is a slower, plodding fighter with serious power. However, I think he comes up short in this fight.

If you’re looking for the best Santos vs. Teixeira bets to add a little oomph while you watch this fight, I’d suggest taking Santos to win by KO/TKO.

Makhachev vs. dos Anjos – UFC Fight Night, November 14

Islam Makhachev takes on former UFC lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos, on the top slot of the November 14 event.

Makhachev, a friend and training partner of Khabib Nurmagomedov, is one of the most highly touted prospects at 155-pounds. The Russian is 18-1 in pro-MMA and 7-1 in the UFC.

Dos Anjos returns to the division that he once reigned over, but I don’t expect him to do much in his second stint at 155. At 36, and with a record of 29-13, the Brazilian is approaching the tail end of his career.

Given Makhachev’s size, power, and athleticism, it’s going to be a very big ask of dos Anjos to come away with a win on the night. His well-documented struggles with making the 155-pound limit will probably put a lot of bettors off him, too.

Could Makhachev be the next UFC lightweight champion? It’s highly doubtful. But a win over dos Anjos would edge him closer to the title picture.

Figueiredo vs. Perez UFC 255, November 21

If you are betting on UFC 255, there’s a high chance that the main event is the one you are most looking forward to.

Figueiredo, who clinched the UFC men’s flyweight strap vacated by Henry Cejudo earlier this year, was initially set to face off with former bantamweight king, Cody Garbrandt. Unfortunately, Garbrandt was forced to pull out with an injury.

Up steps Alex Perez to save the day. And what an opportunity it is for the American to bring gold back to California.

Perez is a talented fighter with a real chance of giving Figueiredo problems, but I’m not sure he will be able to deal with the Brazilian’s power. Nevertheless, he will show up with nothing short of a win on his mind.

Shevchenko vs. Maia UFC 255, November 21

UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko is regarded as, well, pretty much unbeatable in her division.

The next woman to test that hypothesis is Jennifer Maia, who gets her shot at the title following just over two years in the promotion. Maia is a former Invicta FC flyweight champion, but she is taking on the consensus #2 women’s pound for pound fighter in MMA.

It should come as no surprise to learn that Shevchenko is a significant favorite to beat Maia on sportsbooks for UFC bets. But will she live up to her reputation as the undisputed queen of flyweight, or is there an upset on the cards on the UFC 255 co-main event?

Royval vs. Moreno UFC 255, Saturday, November 21

The battle of Brandon is something I’m looking forward to watching.

I told anyone within earshot that Brandon Royval would storm his UFC debut with a submission win against Kai Kara-France in September, and “Raw Dog” did not let me down. In fact, I bagged odds of +300 on that bet. I hope you were one of the readers that ran with my recommendation.

Royval’s grappling skills are well known, but he is a great athlete with no real outstanding holes. But he will be tested by Brandon Moreno, who lost Alex Perez has his opponent to the main event.

Moreno is unbeaten in his last four and is coming off an encouraging win over Jussier Formiga in March. Can he step up to the plate on November 21?

You’ll have to tune in to find out.

Looking Forward to the Bouts?

That’s five of the best UFC fights to look forward to in November. I’m looking to all of them, for different reasons.

I’m also looking ahead to some of the other fights we have on the agenda. Of course, you can find details of upcoming matches, odds, and best bets, over on this UFC betting guide.

If you are like me, you might have a passion for the sweet science, too. If so, why not check out my recommended boxing matches to watch in November 2020. We have some big, big fights in the squared circle to get excited about this month.

Well, that’s it for now. Make sure to wrap up, cos it’s getting cold out there!

Adam Haynes
Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

For his troubles, Adam is a fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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