UFC in Vegas 30 Pick’ Em: Fight Card Preview, Predictions & Best Bets

Ciryl Gane of France speaks during a training session. Photo by SEYLLOU / AFP
Ciryl Gane of France speaks during a training session. Photo by SEYLLOU / AFP

 

We’re back with our UFC in Vegas Fight Night predictions. The UFC in Vegas 30: Ciryl Gane vs. Alexander Volkov 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 30 Main Event Prediction

Ciryl Gane vs. Alexander Volkov

UFC Heavyweight Bout

 Apex Centre

 

This weekend’s UFC in Vegas will deliver fights from the most prominent weight division, as the big boys from the UFC’s 230+ divisions will take over the main and co-main event matchups.

The headliner of the night will feature French Muay Thai/kickboxing expert Ciryl Gane. Since joining the UFC, Gane has made a statement and is looking to further progress through the heavyweight rankings by taking out a top contender in Alexander Volkov.

On the first appearance, you are led to believe that Gane doesn’t possess much mixed martial arts experience, but do not let the 8-0 professional MMA record fool you. Gane stems from a background in Muay Thai and kickboxing, two skillsets that have been evident since his arrival to the octagon because nobody has outstruck the Frenchman.

Gane owns impressive wins over Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Junior Dos Santos, including an undefeated MMA record that is yet to be compromised. In reality, nobody has come close to defeating Gane, as he’s now in a position to stake his claim at UFC gold should he become victorious this weekend.

However, Alexander Volkov is no easy outing; the 41-fight professional competed in many of MMA’s major promotions but most notably in the UFC for the previous five years. He’s currently riding a two-fight win streak that saw the Russian native defeat Walt Harris and legendary Dutch kickboxer Alistair Overeem. A significant win that would destroy Gane’s undefeated streak would undoubtedly leave Volkov in a position to also make his claim at UFC gold.

The exciting factor heading into this fight is Volkov’s size advantage becoming irrelevant. The long-limbed Russian is used to towering over his opponents and dictating a striking offense at range. Versus Gane, these pleasures are removed, and much like his opponent Gane finds success in striking from a distance.

It’s hard to ignore the rise of Ciryl Gane, and all aspects of the fight seem to favor him. However, I believe he’s the faster, more precise striker who possesses a more deadly threat, in my opinion.

Sportsbooks provide a range of different odds, so it’s imperative to line shop for the best price. From what I can see, BetMGM is currently offering the best available price on Ciryl Gane to win.

UFC Vegas 30 Best Bet: Fight does not go the distance @ -150 with BetMGM [1.50u returns 1u profit]

UFC in Vegas 30 Co-Main Event Prediction

Ovince Saint Preux vs. Tanner Boser

UFC Heavyweight Bout

 Apex Centre

Another set of heavyweights will drop leather in the co-main event, as former UFC light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux will test his fortunes in a higher weight class against the losing streak of Tanner Boser.

OSP is no stranger to competing in the UFC octagon, and a 25-15-0 professional record has seen him fight on 23 occasions since 2013. He’s one of the most active heavier-weighted fighters on the roster, rarely turning down an opportunity to fight.

We can assume that OSP prefers to avoid the weight cut in the 205lb division and is now opting to test his skills in the heavyweight division for a second time. He made a brief appearance in the division against Ben Rothwell, losing a closely fought split decision.

Tanner Boser severely lacks the elite-level experience of his opponent but can undoubtedly pose a threat to OSP in the stand-up game. Additionally, Boser owns heavy hands and isn’t afraid to let them go; combine these traits with OSP’s questionable durability, we could be in store for a dramatic finish.

Boser is also on a 2-fight losing streak; fighting for his job could be in question, and when you back a dog in the corner, the outcome can often be a dangerous one for the opponent.

I want to drift away from predicting a winner in this fight because it’s a brutal fight to gauge, in all honesty. But, with that said, It’s hard to envision this encounter going to the full fifteen minutes. Sure, Boser has fought to a few decisions, but OSP is a kill or is killed type of fighter. And with sportsbooks offering a great price on the under 2 and a ½ rounds, I don’t mind taking my chances with the high finishing rate that heavyweights often provide.

UFC Vegas 30 Best Bet: Under 2 and a ½ rounds @ +100 with William Hill [1u returns 1.10u profit]

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