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Edmen Shahbazyan makes no secret of his goal to become the youngest UFC champion in the promotion's history.

He's running out of time, but will take another step toward that lofty endeavor when he faces fellow top-10 contender Derek Brunson on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan. Their clash headlines the UFC showcase at the Apex facility in Las Vegas, with the main UFC fight card set for 9 p.m. ET. Shahbazyan, ranked No. 9, turns 23 in November and is chasing Jon Jones, who became light heavyweight champion at 23 years, 8 months.

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Feb 29, 2020; Norfolk, Virginia, USA; Deiveson Figueiredo (blue gloves) celebrates beating Joseph Benavidez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Chartway Arena.

Still, a win over the No. 8-ranked Brunson would improve his profile in the top-heavy division. Shahbazyan is a -360 favorite (risk $360 to win $100), while Brunson is a +280 underdog in the latest Brunson vs. Shahbazyan odds from William Hill. In the co-main event, Joanne Calderwood (-155) takes on Jennifer Maia (+130) in a clash of ranked women's flyweights. Before making any UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan picks, make sure you see what SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley has to say, given the epic run he's on. 

Marley won the first-ever "ToutMaster" UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and appears regularly on multiple MMA betting and daily Fantasy shows. He watches every single fight for every single UFC card and does extensive research before each event. 

Over the past 17 months, $100 bettors who have followed Marley's picks are up nearly $20,000. The accomplished MMA analyst has been on fire, as he has connected on 15 of his last 16 main event picks, a stretch that includes a streak of five straight underdogs. At UFC Fight Night last Saturday at Fight Island, Marley accurately predicted a decision victory for top-ranked middleweight Robert Whittaker (-135) against fifth-ranked Darren Till (+115). He also nailed his selection of Mauricio Rua (-200) against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (+175) in the co-main event. Anyone who has consistently followed Marley is way up.

Now, with UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan fast approaching, Marley has carefully studied every matchup on the card, identified the best value in the UFC odds and released his MMA picks for every fight. Those selections are only available at SportsLine.

Brunson vs. Shahbazyan preview

Shahbazyan (11-0) is regarded as one of the promotion's most intriguing young prospects. The 22-year-old Californian quickly caught the attention of MMA observers by mowing down the competition in the California Xtreme Fighting promotion, where he posted a 5-0 mark, with all wins by stoppage. He has nine stoppages among his 11 victories.

Shahbazyan passed the UFC vetting tests without a hitch, notching victories on "Dana White's Contender Series" and "The Ultimate Fighter" to earn a roster spot. He made his debut last year and racked up three victories, the most recent a stoppage of veteran Brad Tavares.

He now steps up in competition to face another experienced UFC opponent in Brunson, who made his UFC debut in December 2012 with a win over stalwart Chris Leben. His tenure with the promotion includes back-to-back bouts against former champions Robert Whittaker and UFC icon Anderson Silva, both losses. He also came up short against current champion Israel Adesanya in November.

But the resilient 36-year-old returned to the rankings on the strength of two impressive victories. He defeated Elias Theodorou by decision in May of last year before doing the same in an upset over rising contender Ian Heinisch in August. You can only see Marley's coveted Brunson vs. Shahbazyan picks here.

Top UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan predictions

We'll share one of Marley's UFC Fight Night predictions here: He is backing Ray Borg (-260) to get the best of newcomer Nathan Maness (+210) in a bantamweight bout. 

Maness (11-1) will fight under the UFC banner for the first time after gaining attention with success in various promotions. He took his first career MMA loss against UFC alum Taylor Lapilus in May of last year. But the 29-year-old Kentucky native responded with a first-round knockout of Kellen VanCamp in February to earn a spot on the UFC roster. 

The oft-injured Borg (13-5) is still just 26 despite making his UFC debut in April 2014. He has gone 7-5 with the UFC and lost a title shot against former champion Demetrious Johnson. The New Mexico-based fighter saw a two-fight win streak halted by a disputed split-decision loss against Ricky Simon in May. 

"Maness could be steady on the ground, but it is hard to think he will have any edge over Borg," Marley told SportsLine.

How to make UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan picks

Marley also has strong picks for Brunson vs. Shahbazyan and every other bout on the UFC Fight Night card. He's also backing one fighter who "is better everywhere." You can see those UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan picks only at SportsLine.

Who wins Brunson vs. Shahbazyan at UFC Fight Night? And how exactly does each fight end? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed picks on every fight on Saturday's UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan card, all from the accomplished expert who's up almost $20,000 and has nailed 15 of the last 16 main events, and find out.

UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan odds (via William Hill)

Edmen Shahbazyan (-360) vs. Derek Brunson (+280)

Joanne Calderwood (-155) vs. Jennifer Maia (+130)

Vicente Luque (-195) vs. Randy Brown (+165)

Lando Vannata (-155) vs. Bobby Green (+130)

Kevin Holland (-220) vs. Trevin Giles (+180)

Jonathan Martinez (-260) vs. Frankie Saenz (+210)

Gerald Meerschaert (-170) vs. Ed Herman (+145)

Ray Borg (-260) vs. Nathan Maness (+210)

Timur Valiev (-180) vs. Jamall Emmers (+160)

Chris Gutierrez (-340) vs. Cody Durden (+270) 

Nathan Maness (-150) vs. Johnny Munoz Jr. (+120)

Jamall Emmers (-270) vs. Vincent Cachero (+210)

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MMA Fighter Valerie Loureda Shows Off Fit Figure In Fierce Fight Pics For Latest Update

MMA fighter Valerie Loureda showed off four killer photos from her last fight for her latest Instagram upload. In the pics, her fit figure was on display as she was photographed in various stages of the match.

The 21-year-old shared the snaps which were taken last weekend during Bellator 243 where she came out victorious. Two of the slides caught the Tae Kwon Do expert making her way to the cage, one was in the middle of combat, and the other showed her celebrating the win.

In the first photo, the flyweight rocked her fighting gear which included a black sports bra that had her last name written across the front, and a pair of matching athletic shorts. Loureda straddled the cage in celebration, as she wore a pair of red Bellator-brand gloves, and still had her mouth guard in. She placed a hand on her hip and fans caught a glimpse of her chiseled midsection and defined legs.

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A week ago today the world began to respect me, this is only the beginning. I will be champ one day, mark my words. #TeamLoureda

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Loureda was all-business in the second pic. This was taken during her entrance and there was a focused look across her face. Her long brown hair was braided and knotted at the top of head, and she sported a white gi.

The third picture captured the Miami, Florida native while she mounted her opponent. Loureda’s mouth was open and her right fist was cocked back as the opponent raised an arm to her face. The referee was seen looking on with a watchful eye. In the final slide, the MMA fighter looked ferocious as she was once again photographed making her entrance to the fight.

For the caption, Loureda said this was the fight that solidified her career, and she vowed to one day become the champion of her division. She included a “#TeamLoureda” hashtag, and tagged her sponsors in the post.

Many of the fighter’s 466,000 Instagram followers flocked to the pictures, and more than 62,000 of them showed their support by tapping the “like” button in just over five hours after they went live. Loureda had almost 900 comments, as her replies were littered with fire and fist emoji. UFC competitor Pearl Gonzalez responded with heart-eye emoji.

“Wow she looks pretty when she is sweaty [too]?!” one follower wrote.

“You are the definition of beautiful,” an admirer commented.

“Let’s Go Champ,” a supportive fan replied.

“I feel like not enough people are talking about the [ref’s] beard,” an Instagram user joked.

As covered by The Inquisitr, last week Loureda flaunted her sculpted figure in a barely-there bikini.

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