UFC in Vegas 34 Pick’ Em: Fight Card Preview, Predictions & Best Bets

UFC 244 Till v Gastelum

 

We’re back with our UFC in Vegas Fight Night predictions. The UFC in Vegas 34: Jared Cannonier vs. Kelvin Gastelum main card UFC Odds are available. Read on for our complete betting guide and preview next weekend’s favorite matchups, including updated odds and our free expert betting predictions.

 

 UFC in Vegas 34 Main Event Prediction

Jared Cannonier vs. Kelvin Gastelum

UFC Middleweight Bout

 Apex Centre

This weekends main event of the evening is accompanied by #5 ranked middleweight Jared Cannonier, and his opponent #10 ranked Kelvin Gastelum.

Kelvin Gastelum (17-7-0) has grown from a boy into a man fighting the UFC’s elite. Making his first appearance on The Ultimate Fighter reality show in 2012, he was just 21-years-old when stepping into the UFC octagon.

In recent years, a well-rounded skillset hasn’t paid off for the Californian native, as he’s riding the worst losing streak of his career (1-4). However, we must recognise that Gastelum has been fighting some of the stiffest competition the middleweight division offers.

Former heavyweight and light heavyweight competitor Jared Cannonier (13-5-0) has seemingly found his calling inside the middleweight division; a considerable weight cut has paid off because he’s riding the best win streak opposite to Gastelum of his career (3-1).

The matchup itself is intriguing; Cannonier has relied on his knockout power, but Gastelum has never been stopped via strikes. A power puncher versus a man whose durability is yet to be tested will surely deliver a main event worthy contest.

With that said, I struggle to rely on Cannonier finding the button and finishing Gastelum. In a five-round matchup, the cardio and output of Gastelum seem the most likely route to victory. Cannonier struggled during the third round when facing Robert Whittaker; now, he’s faced with a potential 25-minute fight. Sure, Gastelum will give up a significant size advantage, but when hasn’t he gave up these attributes In the middleweight division?

Gastelum owns the two’s more well-rounded martial arts skillset, including a wrestling offense that could cause Cannonier some issues. In addition, he’s the betting underdog, and recency bias doesn’t win wagers.

UFC Vegas 34 Best Bet: Kelvin Gastelum at +130 with DraftKings [1u returns 1.30u profit]

UFC in Vegas 34 Co-Main Event Prediction

Mark O. Madsen vs. Clay Guida

UFC Lightweight Bout

There’s no denying that Clay “The Carpenter” Guida is a mixed martial arts legend; having competed for the previous 18 years, we cannot question his in-octagon experience. But at the age of 40, it’s hard for any fighter to continue amongst the up-and-coming martial artists and provide the same output.

Mark O. Madsen is no spring chicken himself. Still, at 36-years-old the former Olympic wrestler has only competed in 10 professional MMA bouts, therefore, giving him a much greater ceiling on the longevity scale.

The problem for Guida is that he loves to wrestle but is facing an Olympic level wrestler; his usual gameplan will be thrown out the window. Also, Madsen owns a nasty guillotine, and if Guida wants to change levels and attempt his typical takedowns, he will be met with a strong pair of arms around his neck. Guida has been susceptible to choke attacks on several occasions, and he often struggles when faced with solid grapplers. The Greco Roman wrestling background of Madsen could be “The Carpenter’s” worst stylistic matchup, giving me confidence that the Danish-born wrestler will walk out the victor.

UFC Vegas 34 Best Bet: Mark O. Madsen to win at -155 with DraftKings [1.55u returns 1u profit]

Bellator 264 & PFL 7 Main Event Previews, Predictions & Best Bets

Gegard Mousasi speaks onstage during the Bellator-DAZN. Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Bellator MMA/AFP

Gegard Mousasi speaks onstage during the Bellator-DAZN. Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Bellator MMA/AFP

 

The UFC is absent this week, but Bellator and Premier Fight League will fix our MMA cravings. Betting odds for Bellator 264 & PFL 7 are now available. Read on for our complete betting guide and preview on this weekend’s main event matchups, including updated odds and our free expert betting predictions.

 

Bellator 264 Main Event Prediction

Gegard Mousasi vs. John Salter

Bellator Middleweight Title Bout

Friday, August 13, 2021 at  Mohegan Sun Arena

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UFC 265 Fight Card Preview, Predictions & Best Bets

Tecia Torres celebrate her victory. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Tecia Torres celebrate her victory. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

 

The UFC 265: Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane & the pay-per-view main card UFC Odds are available. Read on for our complete betting guide and preview on this weekend’s UFC main card matchups, including updated odds and our free expert betting predictions.

 

UFC 265 Main Event Prediction

Ciryl Gane vs. Derrick Lewis

UFC Interim Heavyweight Title Bout

Toyota Center

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UFC in Vegas 33 Pick’ Em: Fight Card Preview, Predictions and Best Bet

Uriah Hall of Jamaica talks to his corner. Alex Menendez/Getty Images/AFP

Uriah Hall of Jamaica talks to his corner. Alex Menendez/Getty Images/AFP

 

UFC in Vegas 33 Pick’ Em: Fight Card Preview, Predictions & Best Bets We’re back with our UFC in Vegas Fight Night predictions. The UFC in Vegas 33: Uriah Hall vs. Sean Strickland main card UFC Odds are available. Read on for our complete betting guide and preview next weekend’s favorite matchups, including updated odds and our free expert betting predictions.

UFC in Vegas 33 Main Event Prediction

Uriah Hall vs. Sean Strickland

UFC Middleweight Bout

 Apex Centre in Las Vegas

This weekends main event of the evening will see #9 and #11 ranked middleweights battle it out to continue their winning streaks, respectively. Both Uriah Hall and Sean Strickland possess the striking offense that could well provide fans with a knockout of the night award.

Having spent the previous eight years on the UFC roster, Uriah Hall has suffered setbacks but is now riding a 4-fight win streak. Owning knockout power from all angles, it will be a delight to witness the Jamaican born kickboxer attempt to climb closer to a championship-worthy ranking.

Following a near life-ending motorcycle accident, Sean Strickland has returned to the UFC octagon and began to gain a stride in the middleweight division. Also riding a 4-fight winning streak, Strickland has defeated the competition with a composed and precise boxing output.

While Hall delivers his best work moving backwards, Strickland is more comfortable pressuring the opposition, which will leave us on the edge of our seats when the first-round bell rings.

The question is, who’s skill set will reign supreme? Hall is known as a slow starter, whereas Strickland is quite the opposite. The issue’s I find when breaking down Strickland is his inability to cover his chin, a beautiful set of boxing fundamentals is, unfortunately, exposing to counter strikes – something that Hall could quickly capitalise on.

Despite believing that Strickland will be winning this fight on output alone, it’s hard to guarantee he won’t get rocked, dropped, or knocked out with a 25-minute time limit. For this reason, I’m going to side with Uriah Hall finding the button at some stage of the fight.

UFC Vegas 33 Best Bet: Uriah Hall by KO/TKO at +333 with BetMGM [1u returns 3.33u profit]

 

UFC in Vegas 33 Main Card Prediction

Cheyanne Buys vs. Gloria de Paula

UFC Women’s Strawweight Bout

Based on her output and aggressive nature, I find it challenging to ignore Cheyanne Buys in this weekend’s women’s strawweight bout.

Gloria de Paula is the more technical striker of the two, with a less than desirable grappling skill set. She does prefer to strike, training out of Chute Box Diego Lima; this is no surprise. A background in Muay Thai assists Paula in striking at a distance, but her problems will arise when attempting to keep Buys at a range where she can comfortably land her strikes.

Cheyanne Buys was a promising prospect after an impressive Dana White Contender Series debut, but an authoritative ground game from Montserrat Ruiz cost her a debut loss.

Buys likes to box inside the pocket, an area of the stand-up battle I believe she can excel. She does tend to clinch on occasions, which I’d like to see her avoid and focus on delivering significant strikes

through her aggressive boxing style. With that said, I do anticipate Buys being the stronger grappler of the two, and after witnessing Paula having no answers for a grappling offense versus Jihn Yu Frey, this could be another path to victory for Buys.

A high output of strikes and a willingness to pressure forward in all rounds should give Cheyanne Buys enough respect to earn a nod from the judges’.

UFC Vegas 33 Best Bet: Miranda Maverick to win @ -165 with BetMGM [1650u returns 1u profit]

UFC in Vegas 32 Pick’ Em: Fight Card Preview, Predictions and Best Bets

TJ Dillashaw in New York City.   Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

TJ Dillashaw in New York City. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

 

UFC in Vegas 32 Pick’ Em: Fight Card Preview, Predictions & Best Bets We’re back with our UFC in Vegas Fight Night predictions. The UFC in Vegas 32: Cory Sandhagen vs. TJ Dillashaw main card UFC Odds are available. Read on for our complete betting guide and preview next weekend’s favourite matchups, including updated odds and our free expert betting predictions.

 

Cory Sandhagen vs. TJ Dillashaw

 

UFC Bantamweight Bout

 

Saturday, July 24, 2021 – 11:35 PM ET at the Apex Centre

 

After testing positive for a banned substance, former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw has spent two years and six months on the sidelines with a suspension from USADA. This weekend at the Apex Centre, his long-awaited return will be over as he’ll face one of the divisions most dangerous strikers in Cory Sandhagen.

 

Dillashaw (16-4-0) last fought with a double-champ status in mind. Still, the bantamweight champion at the time couldn’t secure a flyweight title win over Henry Cejudo, suffering a first-round knockout. After his suspension, his bantamweight crown was vacated, and the division has since moved on. But can Dillashaw return to the elite level he once fought at?

 

Cory Sandhagen (14-2-0) has taken the UFC by storm, and within the period Dillashaw was absent, he’s competed on five occasions. Sandhagen owns a 7-1 record since making his UFC debut, finishing five of those bouts inside the distance – to say he’s a dangerous finisher is an understatement.

 

During the weekend’s main event contest, I anticipate a technical battle to play out; however, I suspect that Dillashaw will struggle with the size disadvantage and find his way inside the pocket. To gain distance on Sandhagen, the former champ will be required to risk a barrage of incoming strikes, something that should make him hesitant. If Dillashaw is forced to fight on the outside, it’s hard to envision him landing even 50% of his attempted strikes.

 

Dillashaw does own strong background in wrestling, but Sandhagen has proven time and time again that his takedown defence is strong enough to conquer the divisions elite.

 

With the long layoff, size disadvantage, and mental warfare all seeming to favour the near 6-foot Cory Sandhagen, I believe the rising star can continue to make his mark by finishing Dillashaw inside twenty-five minutes.

 

UFC Vegas 32 Best Bet: TJ Dillashaw @ -190 with William Hill [1.90u returns 1u profit]

 

 

Maycee Barber vs. Miranda Maverick

 

UFC Women’s Flyweight Bout

 

Saturday, July 24, 2021 – 11:05 PM ET at the Apex Centre 

 

Two of the women’s flyweight prospects go head-to-head with the potential to gain severe strides in the rankings; the odds are close but will the contest between Maycee Barber and Miranda Maverick play out as the available lines suggest?

 

Maycee Barber owned a significant amount of hype following her UFC debut, and after a three-fight win streak (all via TKO) in the UFC, the hype was certified. However, a recent two-fight losing skid has dropped her stock, casting doubt amongst critics and fans alike. Still, aged just 23-years-old, Barber is only gaining more experience and skills by spending her early career fighting against the worlds top level of competition.

 

On the flip side, Miranda Maverick made her UFC debut last year and has run through the competition with a 2-0 UFC record. Just one year older than Barber, Maverick is also young in the game, but it’s evident that her broad skill set has proven to be more refined than her opponent.

 

Should Maverick remain technical, I don’t give Barber much chance of victory in this bout. Barber will be required to brawl and make this fight a slugfest to have her hand raised – something I believe Maverick can avoid.

 

UFC Vegas 32 Best Bet: Miranda Maverick to win @ -148 with FanDuel [1.40u returns 1u profit]