Best bets for UFC Fight Night: Ciryl Gane vs. Alexander Volkov

Ciryl Gane will put his perfect 8-0 UFC mark on the line against Alexander Volkov. Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

It's the last UFC fight card before things get wild. And by wild, I mean the return of Conor McGregor for a blockbuster summer card in Vegas. We'll get to that in detail next time. But first, we'll head into the holiday pause with a clash of top-five ranked heavyweights that could identify a new title contender.

Ciryl Gane (No. 3) and Alexander Volkov (No. 5) are already main event material, and each has put together a winning streak. A win here immediately puts one of them in the title picture.

It's a lighter card than usual from a data perspective, so we'll have to acknowledge that not all cards are equal from a betting unit perspective.

Prelims start at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN+. and the main card begins at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

Odds are courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill.

Heavyweight main event: No. 3 Ciryl Gane (-170) vs. No. 5 Alexander Volkov (+145)