The Saturday Setup: UFC 283

Delivering all the thoughts, observations, and insights you need in order to sit back and enjoy the action inside the Octagon as UFC 283 touches down at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday night.

Business is about to pick up!

Following an entertaining start to the 2023 calendar last weekend in Las Vegas, the action ramps up with a return to Rio de Janeiro and a return to pay-per-view this weekend. Headlined by a pair of championship fights and featuring 15 bouts overall, UFC 283 is a massive card that is poised to ratchet up the excitement for the year in an instant.

As you prepare to sit down and enjoy, comb through the collection of content delivered by the Severe MMA crew this week, outlining everyone and everything you need to know about the 30 men and women slated to make the walk to the cage in Brazil.

Grab a beverage, settle in, and get the full scoop on UFC 283.

Preview Show

Host Ian O’Neill leads the team of E. Spencer Kyte, Harry Powell, and Sean Sheehan through a discussion about each of the main card matchups and critical preliminary card pairings. You’re not going to find a more entertaining and comprehensive weekly preview show in the business.

One Question for Every Fight

ESK goes from the main event to the opening bout of the day, addressing the one element at the forefront of his mind heading into Saturday’s card. From whether Jamahal Hill is ready to rise to the championship level to questioning if Daniel Marcos can deliver a quality performance for the DWCS Class of ’22, there is something interesting to think about and consider as the fights draw nearer.

10 Things I Like

With every fight card, there are matchups, moments, or pieces of fights that pique your interest and get you hyped. Each week, E. Spencer Kyte shares what tops his list, and this week, that includes a title fight for Glover Teixeira in his home country, the return of Paul Craig, and a chance to watch a couple explosive preliminary card performers step into the Octagon again.

Severe Picks & Plays

ESK and Ian O’Neill settle in to give you their picks for every fight and a number of wagering selections for Saturday’s fight card. Both lads did well with their picks last week, and cashed a few tickets as well, sending them into UFC 283 feeling confident in their picks and plays.

Check out the video above for the betting selections.

ESK Picks (8-3-0): Teixeira, Moreno, Burns, Andrade, Craig, Rua, G. Rodrigues, Moises, G. Bonfim, J. Almeida, McKinney, W. Alves, J. Nunes, Stamann, S. Oliveira

O’Neil Picks (7-4-0): Teixeira, Figueiredo, Burns, Andrade, Walker, Rua, G. Rodrigues, Moises, Lazzez, J. Almeida, McKinney, W. Alves, J. Nunes, Stamann, S. Oliveira

ESK Selection Bankroll: $2006.50 (+$6.50, 11.61% ROI)
O’Neill Selection Bankroll: $1970.50 (-$29.50, -29.5% ROI)

Staff Picks

E. Spencer Kyte is a veteran MMA content creator based in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He's written for numerous outlets, including FOX Sports and The Province, British Columbia's leading newspaper, and has been a freelance contributor to the UFC website for more than a decade. Follow him on Twitter: @spencerkyte.