BETTING ODDS RELEASED FOR UFC FUTURES: MIOCIC/CORMIER 2, DIAZ/PETTIS, ADESANYA/WHITTAKER, POIRIER/NURMAGOMEDOV AND MORE
Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced six huge bouts for this summer with a plethora of winners and top name contenders in five different weight classes. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has started betting odds for both competitions.
The very first bout, a lightweight competition between Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson, will take place at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago. Here’s Nick’s rationale behind his chances:
“Donald Cerrone vs Tony Ferguson is one of the most fan friendly fights created in years. Cerrone has looked like a new man in his return to lightweight. He has gained confidence and seems motivated and hungry to get a push in the belt. Ferguson is a very well-rounded fighter and is fighting a chip on his shoulder after fighting private issues and becoming stripped of his interim title. Stylistically, both fighters are exceptionally capable finishers both standing and on the floor. Both men possess serious knockout power and have the potential to get knocked out. Ferguson’s rate and unpredictability provide him the edge here.”
Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar was originally announced for UFC 222 early this past year and Nick gave his ideas on the bout afterward, but a lot has changed in the last 18 months. The bout will take place as the headliner of UFC 240. Listed below are Nick’s thoughts on it:
“Frankie Edgar is your ultimate underdog, and at 37 years old, hard for Max Holloway’s belt might be his biggest hurdle to conquer yet in his career. Edgar has strong wrestling and has the conditioning to really go the distance with Holloway, but in the past year, he had been knocked out for the first time by Brian Ortega and has only beaten Cub Swanson since. Holloway ruined Ortega, but eventually looked human when he unsuccessfully moved up to lightweight to battle Dustin Poirier. Holloway’s striking has become elite, having readily finished stand-up specialists Jose Aldo (2x) and Anthony Pettis. Edgar’s wrestling may be an X-factor if he can take Holloway down and keep him down, but it is unlikely he can stand and trade with Holloway, a fighter who’s willing to take a chance to dish out five more. Holloway was a -215 final time, but he’ll be a -300 favorite”
UFC 241 in August will feature a heavyweight title rematch, with the roles of Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier reversed this time.
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