After a week of no big time MMA action, the UFC returns on Aug. 23, 2015. On Sunday, the UFC heads to the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada for UFC Fight Night Night: Holloway vs. Oliveira.

While UFC Fight Night 74 is a should be a solid night of fights, there is no question the star of the show is the main event between surging featherweight contenders Max Holloway and Charles Oliveira. At just 23 and 25 respectively, Holloway and Oliveira just continue to improve every time they step into the cage. The winner of this bout will likely find themselves just one fight away from a title shot.

UFC Fight Night 74 isn’t the best Fight Night card the UFC has put together, but it should be a lot of fun to watch; there are a handful of fights that have the potential to be spectacular. For the gamblers out there this isn’t a great card, but they are some opportunities to make some plays.

Josh Burkman, -135 vs. Patrick Cote, +115

Since coming back to the UFC, Burkman’s performances have been less than impressive. After going 9-2 outside of the UFC, Burkman just hasn’t looked as crisp in the Octagon. Burkman needs to find his groove and he needs to pick up a win here or he will find himself back in the smaller promotions. But that is going to be tough as Cote has resurrected his career.

Athletically, Burkman is a step above Cote, but when it comes down to technique and fight IQ, Cote is out of Burkman’s league. As talented as Burkman is, he just doesn’t have the tools to defeat Cote.

Play: Take Cote to win, and at +218, take him to win by decision

Erick Silva, -170 vs. Neil Magny, +150

Originally, the co-main event of the evening was set to feature a welterweight bout between Rick Story and Silva. But when Story had to pull out of the bout due to an injury, the UFC’s welterweight workhorse Magny stepped up less than a month after losing to Demian Maia at UFC 190. This will be Magny’s ninth Octagon appearance in the last 19 months.

Silva is a dynamic athlete who seems to be coming into his own; coming off of back to back fights first round submission victories. Magny’s length could give Silva some problems, but at the end of the day, Silva has more tools and is much more explosive.

Play: Take Silva to win, and +105, take him to win inside the distance

Charles Oliveira, +180 vs. Max Holloway, -220

In the main event of the evening, a title contender will legitimize their standing in the UFC featherweight division. Oliveira and Holloway are both young, talented, dynamic and only scratching the surface of their true potential. This has the potential not only to be the Fight of the Night, but a true Fight of the Year candidate when it is all said and done.

On the feet, Holloway has the more refined technical skill set while on the ground Oliveira is an absolute specialist. Since these two are very even as far as technical ability goes this fight will be won in the preparation. Oliveira is a large featherweight with a history of making bad weight cuts. It’s difficult to ever put your faith in a fighter that can’t manage a weight cut properly.

Play: Take Holloway to win, and at +115, take him to win by TKO/KO

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.