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The Golden 1 Center will be the home of yet another big night on Saturday, when the arena hosts UFC Fight Night Sacramento. There will be eight fights in total -- five on the main card and three preliminary fights. 

Taking the spotlight for the evening will be the return of Urijah Faber in front of his home fans, and the undefeated Aspen Ladd out of Folsom.

Ladd (8-0-0) will face Germaine de Randamie (8-3-0) in the women's bantamweight division for the main event. The undefeated Ladd is a -170 favorite to win, according to the Caesar's Palace sportsbook. 

Faber (34-10-0) is coming out of retirement to face Ricky Simon (15-1-0), and the 40-year-old is a Vegas underdog. Simon, 26, is the favorite at -330 to take down "The California Kid." 

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Here are predictions from the experts on the two main events. 

Faber vs. Simon

WhatCulture.com: "Simply put, it's hard to like a 40-year-old fighter's chances in a fistfight with a talented striker who is roughly 14 years his junior — especially coming off of a two and half year layoff." Winner: Simon via decision

SportsChatPlace.com: "Simon is consistently active and has been impressive in his last few fights, as he builds on this winning streak and hopes to keep chipping away in the rankings." Winner: Simon

 

TheStatsZone.com: "He has speed, power and diversity in his strikes that could at least earn a decision." Winner: Simon via decision

Ladd vs. de Randamine

WhatCulture.com: "Ladd has been on fire as of late, but de Randamine represents a major step up in competition. The 24-year-old has yet to face a striker as talented as "The Iron Lady" and looked very hittable in her most recent bout with Sijara Eubanks." Winner: de Randamine via decision

SportsKeeda.com: "This is a super-hard fight to pick, but I’m going to take a risk and take Ladd." Winner: Ladd via third-round TKO

Brett Okamoto, ESPN: "I believe Ladd will accomplish big things, but this feels like too much, too soon. For the record, however, I won't be shocked if she proves me wrong." Winner: de Randamine via third-round knockout