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)

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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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Devils vs. Capitals NHL Preview

P.K. Subban #76 of the New Jersey Devils skates. Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

P.K. Subban #76 of the New Jersey Devils skates. Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

 

The Devils are hoping to rebound in the second game of back-to-backs on Friday after Thursday’s night’s loss to the Capitals in DC. Let’s analyze this matchup between these East Division rivals and keep cashing our NHL picks!

 

New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals

Friday, March 26, 2021 – 7:00 PM ET at Capital One Arena

After struggling throughout the season, the Devils got on a bit of a roll, winning four of five entering last night’s clash with the Capitals. However, after drawing first blood early in the first period off of an unassisted goal by Nicholas Merkley, the Devils would fall behind until Jesper Bratt tallied on a power-play opportunity to knot the game at three apiece.

It was a close contest throughout and the Devils not only won more faceoffs but outshot the Capitals as well, 24-22. Unfortunately for New Jersey, the Caps’ Evgeny Kuznetsov would counter a minute later with his second goal of the evening which also proved to be the game-winner in a 4-3 victory for Washington.

Mackenzie Blackwood got the starting assignment for New Jersey last night and it was not his finest performance as he allowed four goals on 22 shots. The 24-year-old Ontario native has been getting the majority of the starts this season over veteran Scott Wedgewood but has only started four consecutive games once this season. And because this would be his fourth straight start, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Wedgewood tending the twine tonight. Goalies are unconfirmed at the time of this writing.

Caps Streaking

Washington enters Friday’s contest having won eight of its last nine games with the most recent being the 4-3 win over the Devils last night. Alex Ovechkin has been on a heater and he continued his torrid pace with a goal and an assist in the second period on Thursday night while fellow Russian, Evgeny Kuznetsov, has found his groove five weeks after being sidelined with

COVID-19. It took several games for the 28-year-old veteran to find his legs but he certainly has found them recently, scoring at least a point in seven of his last eight games including a pair of goals last night against the Devils.

“After the pretty long break after COVID, (it) wasn’t (an) easy one to get back in hockey shape,” said Kuznetsov. “I hope that I’m going to continue to grow and I hope the team is going to play much better and know we can be successful.

“The hockey thing, it’s so funny: It’s so hard to find (your) game, and it’s so easy to lose that game. I hope that we’re getting in the right direction where we’re understanding the system, we execute the plays that we want to make, how we want to play.”

Wanna Make a Bet?

The meeting last night between the haves and the have-nots in the East Division was highly competitive, and although the Capitals skated out with a win in hand, it wasn’t easy. It took New Jersey to score in order for Washington’s offense to wake up and retaliate. After each Devils’ goal last night, the Capitals responded within two minutes in netting one of their own. It’s almost as though they needed something to catch their attention and had they not been so proficient last night in doing so, it could very easily have cost them the game.

The NHL odds on this one are even a bit higher than they were last night. The best online betting sites like BetMGM and Unibet are dealing the Caps as anywhere between -200 and -220 home chalk. It is hard to disagree with that because the Devils played as well as they are capable last night and still came up empty to a vastly superior team, and one that has defeated them in all five meetings this season.

However, it should also be noted that only one of Washington’s wins this season has been by more than a goal so to say this will be a walkover is not giving Jersey enough credit. But with that as the caveat, the Russian triumvirate of Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov, and Evgeny Kuznetsov has nestled nicely into a groove after the first two were suspended for violating COVID protocols while the latter was sick with it. All three were out of sync upon returning but not anymore and that means trouble for the Devils.

Sometimes you have to swallow hard to lay lumber this heavy but you could also include Washington in a parlay if the money scares you. Either way, bet the Caps and cash a ticket.

NHL Pick: Capitals -200 at BetMGM

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 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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