UFC Vegas 42 Main Event Betting Picks, UFC Odds, and Fighter Breakdown

Max Holloway (L) of the United States. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP.

We’re back with our favorite selection of UFC betting predictions. The UFC in Vegas 42: Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez main card UFC Odds are available. Read on for our complete betting guide and preview on this week’s main event matchup, including updated odds and free expert UFC in Vegas 42 betting picks.

Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez

UFC Featherweight Main Event Bout

Saturday, November 13, 2021 – 04:00 PM EST at Apex Center

Max Holloway

  • Professional MMA Record: 22-6-0
  • Knockout Record: 13-0
  • Submission Record: 2-1
  • SIG Strikes Landed Per Minute: 7.26
  • SIG Strike Accuracy: 48.15%
  • Takedown Average: 0.21
  • Takedown Accuracy: 71.43%
  • Submission Average: 0.33

Former featherweight champion Max Holloway is a true legend of the sport. He refuses to kick back and wait for his trilogy fight with Alexander Volkanovski; instead, he’s accepting about versus a significantly lower-ranked Yair Rodriguez.

“Blessed” has been breaking UFC striking records like they were going out of fashion, and it’s a high-output, untestable cardiovascular that’s assisted him in becoming one of the finest strikers in UFC history.

Max Holloway punches Dustin Poirier. Logan Riely/Getty Images/AFP.

Holloway’s resume is undeniably incredible, having fought several champions and former champions throughout the prime years of his MMA career. Aged 29-years-old, it’s extraordinary to think that he’s reaching almost a decade fighting under the UFC banner.

A fighting true to striking purists, it’s a rare occasion that you’ll ever witness Holloway utilize a grappling offense. He loves to kickbox and deliver remarkable numbers within his striking statistics, as you can visualize with his UFC stats above.

Yair Rodriguez

  • Professional MMA Record: 14-2-0
  • Knockout Record: 5-2
  • Submission Record: 3-0
  • SIG Strikes Landed Per Minute: 4.33
  • SIG Strike Accuracy: 49.97%
  • Takedown Average: 0.90
  • Takedown Accuracy: 29.63%
  • Submission Average: 0.90

Fan-favourite Yair Rodriguez has earned massive respect from the UFC fan base since his arrival to the promotion in 2014. An 8-1 promotional record initially boosted his stock, but a two-year layoff has resulted in a 145lb division that’s sailed by the Mexican-born fighter.

Nothing would assist Rodriguez’s layoff more than returning and defeating Max Holloway. However, this is much easier said than done—especially when competing with one of the division’s highest output strikers.

Yair Rodriguez (blue cuffs) fights Chan Sung Jung (red cuffs). Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP.

Rodriguez cannot match the elite-level experience that Holloway has garnered, but he’s still young and evolving within the fight game.

In a similar fashion to his opponent, Rodriguez often steers away from grappling exchanges – which should deliver a mouthwatering exchange solely centered around kicks and punches.

Fight Analysis and Betting Pick

I anticipate a Max Holloway masterclass to take place in Vegas on Saturday. As one of the most talented point-fighters in the featherweight division, the flashy spin-kicks and fight-ending attempts from Rodriguez won’t easily fool the technical striking knowledge of the former champ.

The bookmaker’s odds are heavily favoring Holloway, but the durability of Rodriguez is where I expect to deliver the betting value. Holloway isn’t a power puncher per se, with most fight-ending moments stemming from the sheer volume of strikes thrown.

Rodriguez’s gas tank does worry me throughout five rounds, but I’ll favor the Holloway beating to reach the judges’ scorecards.

UFC Pick: Max Holloway on Points (+110) at Unibet