UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Gastelum Preview

Robert Whittaker stands in the Octagon. Rey Del Rio/Getty Images/AFP

Robert Whittaker stands in the Octagon. Rey Del Rio/Getty Images/AFP

 

The UFC in Vegas 24: Kelvin Gastelum vs. Robert Whittaker main card UFC Odds are available. Read on for our complete betting guide and preview on this weekend’s favorite matchups, including updated odds and our free expert betting predictions.

 

Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum

UFC Middleweight Bout

Saturday, April 17, 2021 – 11:55 PM EDT at UFC Apex

The middleweight main event matchup set to take place this weekend holds significant importance, as either man victorious could claim a second showing with the current champion Israel Adesanya. Since losing the gold to Israel, Robert Whittaker has rolled through Darren Till and Jared Cannonier and is now faced with the short & stocky powerhouse that is Kelvin Gastelum.

Coming off a depressing three-fight losing streak, Gastelum was able to turn the tide in his previous bout – defeating the powerful Ian Heinisch to a unanimous decision. Primarily a striker, it was nice to see Kelvin utilize his wrestling output against Heinisch, but this skillset may not fare well against the New Zealand brute.

Robert Whittaker has an underrated ground game simply because he does not use it often and prefers to strike at range with a masterful kickboxing style. And in all honesty, I believe that Whittaker can take advantage wherever the fight takes place.

Both fighters hold finishing ability, but given the importance and the pressure, I anticipate that we’ll witness the complete five rounds. Durability is strong on both sides, but I have to side with the former champion in a five-round fight.

UFC Best Bet: Robert Whittaker to by decision at +130 with William Hill (1u returns 1.30u profit)

 

Drakkar Klose vs. Jeremy Stephens

UFC Lightweight Co-Main Event Bout

Saturday, April 17, 2021 – 11:55 PM EDT at UFC Apex

With the likes of Jake Paul and Ben Askren stealing the media attention this weekend, I’m not surprised that UFC president Dana White isn’t pushing for his brightest talents on the main card of UFC in Vegas 24. Although they are not co-main event worthy, Drakkar Klose and Jeremy Stephens will be headhunting from the first bell.

Jeremy Stephens has fought the who’s-who of the UFC featherweight division, and after suffering a handful of challenging weight cuts, he will make his lightweight debut. The heavy-hitting orthodox striker does not own the most technical skill set, but he sure does pack a punch behind those 4-ounce gloves.

Drakkar Klose will be the fighter owning a more technical output, sleek footwork from the outside and an excellent counter striking ability that has allowed the US native to gather a 5-2 record inside the UFC.

Another contest where both men could finish the fight, but if we exit the first round without a stoppage, I don’t envision the two having the energy to slug out a finish during the later rounds.

UFC Best Bet: Over two and a half rounds at -142 with FanDuel (1.4u returns 1u profit)

 

Justine Kish vs. Tracy Cortez

UFC Women’s Flyweight Bout

Saturday, April 17, 2021 – 10:55 PM EDT at UFC Apex

The UFC women’s flyweight division continues to evolve, and Tracy Cortez could a future title challenger should her trajectory continue heading upwards. A fierce wrestling output has now gifted Cortez with two official UFC wins following her ‘Dana Whites Contender Series’ victory.

Her opponent Justine Kish has been lackluster in her contests, having split her six UFC bouts with three wins and three losses. I don’t think Kish is a slouch, but I do believe that four leg surgeries have affected the Russian’s muay thai talents.

I anticipate another grappling war from Cortez, heavy cage control, takedowns and ground and pound to raise her hand in a unanimous decision.

UFC Best Bet: Tracy Cortez to win by decision at -120 with Bet365 (1.2u returns 1u profit)

UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs. Holland Preview

Jim Miller fights Jason Gonzalez during their lightweight bout. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Jim Miller fights Jason Gonzalez during their lightweight bout. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

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Aliaskhab Khizriev vs. Kyle Daukaus

UFC Middleweight Main Card Bout

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Pitbull vs. Sanchez II: Bellator 255 Main Event Preview & Prediction

Patricio Freire (red gloves) during Bellator 153 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Patricio Freire (red gloves) during Bellator 153 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

 

The Bellator 255 main event odds are available. Read on for our complete betting guide and preview on this weekend’s Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix semi-final main event preview, including updated odds and our free expert betting predictions.

Bellator president Scott Corker has treated MMA fans to another Grand Prix tournament. The featherweights of the semi-finalist’s bracket are expected to deliver the entertainment value we crave as martial arts enthusiasts.

It won’t be the first time these two men have collided, but Patricio Pitbull has not faced a challenge as well as his opponent gave him during their first encounter. We have no doubt Emmanuel Sanchez will be up for the challenge three years after their initial meeting.

 

Bellator 255 Main Event Prediction

 

Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Patricky Pitbull

Bellator Featherweight Main Event Championship Bout

Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix Semi-Final Contest

Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut

 

Patricio Pitbull has built a legacy whilst simultaneously becoming one of the world’s greatest featherweight MMA competitors. Known for his knockout power and ruthless aggression, it’s no surprise the current Bellator featherweight & lightweight champion is now one fight short of the Grand Prix final.

The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has broken countless Bellator records, obtained championships in two divisions and is riding a six-fight win streak. There is not much remaining for Pitbull to accomplish, which could negatively affect a rematch with a hungry competitor like Sanchez.

His opponent, Emmanuel Sanchez, has been dominant in his own right, suffering losses but only to the best, the division has to offer. And he notably defeated Daniel Weichel in the Grand Prix quarter-final to scratch off his loss to him many moons ago.

Three years following their first encounter, Emmanuel Sanchez now has the opportunity to scratch another loss from his record whilst simultaneously becoming the Bellator featherweight champion- but this is easier said than done with Pitbull stood in front of him.

Pitbull vs. Sanchez Fight Prediction

Given both parties ability to finish a fight, it was surprising to witness their first encounter exceed the 25-minute time limit. The big question is, how much has Sanchez in-octagon fight IQ evolved since the first contest back in 2018?

It’s not like the first meeting was a landslide either; Sanchez held his own and claimed two of the five rounds, losing to a unanimous decision that could undervalue the two rounds he significantly won.

Patricio Pitbull proved he could defeat Sanchez, but it was not your typical Pitbull performance as we are so used to seeing him finish the opposition inside the distance. The durability of the (at the time)

younger Sanchez will be much more seasoned entering this fight as a thirty-year-old on a three-fight winning streak and could easily shock the critics should Pitbull have lost some of that original hunger.

The problem I’m having is understanding the odds; Sanchez’s durability and forward walking pressure in the first fight should give him more respect by the oddsmakers than the odds that are currently available.

Bellator 255 Best Bets: Emmanuel Sanchez at +250 with FanDuel (0.5u returns 1.25u profit)

Bellator 255 Best Bets: Over 4 & ½ rounds at  -170 with BetOnline (1.70u returns 1u profit)

 

Bellator 255 Complete Betting Card

Patricio Pitbull (FW, LW C) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez [Bellator featherweight title bout]

Usman Nurmagomedov vs. Mike Hamel [Bellator co-main event lightweight bout]

Kana Watanabe vs. Alejandra Lara [Bellator women’s flyweight bout]

Neiman Gracie vs. Jason Jackson [Bellator welterweight bout]

Tyrell Fortune vs. Jack May [Bellator lightweight bout]

Preliminary Fights

Roman Faraldo vs. Trevor Gudde [Bellator welterweight bout]

Mandel Nallo vs. Ricardo Seixas [Bellator lightweight bout]

Magomed Magomedov vs. Cee Jay Hamilton [Bellator bantamweight bout]

Fabio Aguilar vs. Khaliad Murtazaliev [Bellator middleweight bout]

Mukhamed Berkhamov vs. Herman Terrado [Bellator welterweight bout]

Jordan Newman vs. Branko Busick [Bellator middleweight bout]

UFC 260: Miocic vs. Ngannou 2 Preview

 Stipe Miocic celebrates his win over Daniel Cormier after their UFC Heavyweight.  Joe Scarnici/Getty Images/AFP

Stipe Miocic celebrates his win over Daniel Cormier after their UFC Heavyweight. Joe Scarnici/Getty Images/AFP

 

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UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Holland Preview

Kevin Holland of the United States on May 16, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida.   Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

Kevin Holland of the United States on May 16, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

 

UFC in Vegas 22 Pick’ Em: Main Card Preview, Predictions & Best Bets The UFC in Vegas 22: Kevin Holland vs. Derek Brunson main card UFC Odds are available. Read on for our complete betting guide and preview on this weekend’s main card, including updated odds and our free expert betting predictions.

 

Derek Brunson vs. Kevin Holland

UFC Middleweight Bout

Saturday, March 20, 2021  – Apex Centre in Las Vegas

If you were to watch Kevin Holland’s previous ten professional MMA bouts and then I was to tell you he took his first pro-fight just five years ago, most of you would probably question my statement because Kevin Holland is so comfortable inside the octagon, you’d be lead to believe he’s a long term professional competitor.

As the owner of a complete martial arts skillset, it’s hard to select one chosen area where ‘The Trailblazer’ shines. Submission finishes, TKO stoppages and of course the impressive knockout finish from bottom guard against the former title chaser in Jacare Souza; Holland has shown relentless aggression that fans love to get behind, especially in the betting market.

His opponent, Derek Brunson, is a veteran in the UFC octagon and often holds a wrestling advantage over the opposition. The problem in Brunson’s arsenal is the durability he offers; using his wrestling offence in recent bouts has awarded North Carolina native with a tidy 3-fight win streak, but Holland presents a plethora of problems standing and on the ground.

I believe Holland is holding great value this weekend, and after his previous victory against Souza, I was astonished to see such a tight betting line. Through a twenty-five minute contest, I anticipate the divisions hottest prospect Kevin Holland to get the job done inside the distance.

UFC Pick: Kevin Holland to win inside the distance at +110 [1u returns 1.10u profit]

 

Gregor Gillespie vs. Brad Riddell

UFC Lightweight Co-Main Event Bout

Saturday, March 20, 2021 – Apex Centre in Las Vegas

Some newer fans of the UFC will be saying, “who is Gregor Gillespie?” and if you’re unfamiliar with his accolades, then look no further – because a big layoff from suffering a devasting head-kick knockout is currently shadowing how talented this man is.

Tipped as the most outstanding wrestler in School/College history (outside of Jordan Burroughs), Gillespie possesses the wrestling skills to out grapple the entire lightweight division. If he can make a significant comeback, I genuinely believe his wrestling offence could be enough to draw Khabib Nurmagomedov out of retirement. But first, he must own his knockout loss and put it behind him.

City Kickboxing standout Brad Riddell is quite the opposite of his opponent, and this weekend, the kickboxing & muay thai specialist will be looking to avoid a ground war at all costs. A clean record of 9-1 now leaves the elite striker in a position to boost his stock with another UFC victory this Saturday seriously. The problem is, we have already witnessed a lesser-talented grappler in Magomed Mustafaev have his way with Riddell in the wrestling department.

This one is simple, Riddell wins the striking battle and Gillespie succeeds in a grappling bout, and we are favouring the latter to play out in the octagon.

UFC Pick: Gregor Gillespie to win at -230 with FanDuel [2.3u returns 1u profit]

 

Cheyanne Buys vs. Montserrat Ruiz

UFC Women’s Strawweight Bout

Saturday, March 20, 2021 – Apex Centre in Las Vegas

The UFC women’s strawweight division continues to evolve its endless amount of talent this week, and we get to witness two ‘up and comers’ from popular organizations LFA and Invicta make their UFC debuts.

Cheyanne Buys watched the women’s strawweight division as a die-hard MMA enthusiast; she studied and prepared to compete in the UFC since she was a teenager. A year shy of her 18th birthday, she asked for her parent’s permission to compete in a professional MMA bout. Luckily, the parents were entirely on board because the hyped-up strawweight has had nothing but talent & exciting fights to offer ever since.

Montserrat Ruiz is another hot prospect who should not be overlooked. Still, after watching her struggle against a former UFC fighter in Danielle Taylor, I struggle to envision a moment in this fight where Bays will not hold the advantage – especially in the striking department.

UFC Pick: Buys to win by decision at -160 with Bet365 [1.75u returns 1u profit]