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]

UFC in Vegas 31 Pick’ Em: Fight Card Preview, Predictions and Best Bets

Islam Makhachev.  Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFP

Islam Makhachev. Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFP

 

We’re back with our UFC in Vegas Fight Night predictions. The UFC in Vegas 31: Islam Makhachev vs. Thiago Moises 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.

 

Islam Makhachev vs. Thiago Moises

 

UFC Lightweight Bout

 

Saturday, July 17, 2021 – 11:35 PM ET at the Apex Centre

 

The most avoided fighter in the lightweight division has finally found a worthy opponent. Islam Makhachev (19-1) doesn’t own a padded record like certain impressive MMA professional records; he owns some of the highest-level grappling since the retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov. And just to make things worse for the opponents who face him, Khabib can often be found in Makhachev’s corner – giving him the coaching advice most fighters would dream of.

 

It’s frustrating that #9 ranked Makhachev cannot find an opponent with a greater ranking than his own, but can we blame them? The dominant skillset of the Dagestan native will be complex for most fighters in the lightweight division to contend with, but the man needs to fight – and that’s where Thiago Moises steps in.

 

#14 ranked Thiago Moises could certainly put his name on the map this weekend; a victory over Makhachev would undoubtedly boost his stock – but that’s easier said than done.

 

The exciting factor that Moises brings to the table would be his ability to fight off his back. As a Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, you can often find Moises giving strong wrestler’s a hard time on the ground with his submission attempts.

 

With that said, it is hard not to favour Makhachev in all areas. Moises does pose specific threats within the striking realm and of his back, but we should face facts – Makhachev is priced between -700 and -900 (at some bookmakers) for a reason. The problem lies in finding value.

 

Neither man have fought a five-round, twenty-five-minute fight before, so their capabilities heading into championship rounds are unknown. With this in mind, it’s hard to judge whether Makhachev will overcome the durability of Moises, which hasn’t failed him across nineteen pro bouts.

 

As Makhachev has proven to be a complete danger, it isn’t easy to judge, but we’ll take our chances with Moises and his chances of surviving past three rounds.

 

UFC Vegas 31 Best Bet: Over 3 and a ½ rounds at -187 with William Hill [1.87u returns 1u profit]

 

 

Miesha Tate vs. Marion Reneau

 

UFC Women’s Bantamweight Bout

 

Saturday, July 17, 2021 – 11:35 PM ET at the Apex Centre 

 

The long-awaited return of former UFC champion Miesha Tate is upon us, and with a long history in martial arts, she should have a great chance at victory versus her selected opponent this weekend.

 

Now, concerns are surrounding Tate that we should highlight. She hasn’t fought in five years, and she is returning against a veteran fighter who’s remained constantly active during her time working for ONE Championship. The excellent news for Tate, she’s fighting a 44-year-old fighter who’s riding a 4-fight losing streak.

 

Marion Reneau should own the striking advantage this weekend, but her technical abilities have not proven to be the most desirable even then. Past fights have shown her lack of grappling defence, favouring Tate’s return and her chances of walking out the winner.

 

Tate will be looking to pressure Reneau against the cage and force her grappling into the fight, an offense I believe she can impose when studying Reneau’s previous attempts at avoiding this route. Reneau may find some success in the stand-up, but I anticipate Tate delivering a heavy wrestling-based gameplan across fifteen minutes.

 

UFC Vegas 31 Best Bet: Miesha Tate at -130 with William Hill [1.30u returns 1u profit]

UFC 264 Fight Card Preview, Predictions and Best Bets

Stephen Thompson of the United States throws a kick. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFP

Stephen Thompson of the United States throws a kick. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFP

 

The UFC 264 main card Odds are now available. Read on for our complete betting guide and preview on this weekend’s UFC Championship matchups, including updated odds and our free expert betting predictions.

 

Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson

UFC Welterweight Bout

Saturday, July 10, 2021 – 10:04 PM EDT at T-Mobile Arena

We’ll witness zero title fights this weekend, but it sure doesn’t feel that way. In the co-main event of the evening, one of the welterweight divisions most talented strikers in Stephen Thompson, will square up against one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in Gilbert Burns.

Following his title fight loss to Kamaru Usman, Gilbert Burns wasted no time competing – signing up to a Flo Grappling contest versus Rafael Lovato that led to a successful unanimous decision. So mentally, Burn’s isn’t entering the octagon of a loss, which should assist the Brazilians psychology in Las Vegas this weekend.

Besides his 2nd-degree black belt under legendary BJJ champion winning coach Rafael Barros, Burns has slowly evolved his striking offense training out of Sanford MMA. With that said, fighting flat-footed fighters such as Tyron Woodley and Kamaru Usman has certainly heightened his striking offense. Wonderboy isn’t going to offer Burns the same opportunity.

Lifelong martial artist Stephen Thompson is gifted with a multitude of skills, from Karate, Kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu – Wonderboy owns multiple high-level gradings through various martial arts disciplines.

His striking offense is a standout factor, beautiful jabs and spinning attacks accompanied by a light-footed karate stance makes Wonderboy extremely difficult to hit. When comparing the styles, this fight suits the American and his impressive takedown defense.

However, it could be a sticky split decision, and MMA judges don’t have the best reputation. Having handed Wonderboy a couple of decision losses critics disagreed with, we should tread carefully with our betting stakes.

I believe that Burns will fail to keep Thompson grounded, if at all – this will allow the fight to play out at kickboxing range, where the fighting favorite will prove why he’s the superior striker.

UFC 264 Best Bet: Stephen Thompson to Win (-154) with Fan Duel

 

Irene Aldana vs. Yana Kunitskaya

UFC Women’s Bantamweight Bout

Saturday, July 10, 2021 – 09:00 PM EDT at T-Mobile Arena

Two gritty female bantamweights will deliver an intriguing matchup on the UFC 264 main card when Mexico’s Irene Aldana looks to punch her way to victory against Russia’s own Yana Kunitskaya.

Mexican born Aldana will want to avoid grappling at all costs, and should she do so this fight can be very winnable. Her main path to victory is undoubtedly forcing her boxing technique upon the Russian ; she has excellent boxing fundamentals both offensively and defensively. She slips nicely and can work well from her back foot, allowing her opponents to pressure and then counter with fight-ending power, as seen in the Ketlen Viera matchup.

Yana Kunitskaya is no slouch on the feet, but she doesn’t own the same output and aggressiveness that her opponent does. She’ll want to focus on her Taekwondo background that can present some great kicks to keep the distance. Yana can undoubtedly own the striking distance, but she could be in trouble inside of boxing range.

Yana loves to work the clinch, an area where she has excelled on occasions. We should also note that Aldana’s downfalls stem from her inability to grapple. Holly Holm worked hard to avoid Aldana’s boxing range by clinching up and removing that striking output.

We’re presented with a boxer versus a well-rounded martial artist and I have to side with Yana, who owns more tools – wrestling, jiu-jitsu, clinch work, and fight IQ are all favoring the Russian.

UFC 264 Best Bet: Yana Kunitskaya to Win (+100) with William Hill

UFC 264: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier III Preview, Prediction and Best Bet

Conor McGregor in Las Vegas.   Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP

Conor McGregor in Las Vegas. Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP

 

The UFC 264: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier III main card UFC Odds are available. Read on for our complete betting guide and preview on next weekend’s UFC lightweight trilogy bout, including updated odds and our free expert betting predictions.

 

Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier III

 

UFC Lightweight Trilogy Bout

 

Saturday, July 10, 2021 – 11:00 PM ET at the T-Mobile Arena 

 

The moment UFC fans have all been waiting for is upon us, with the most highly anticipated trilogy bout in UFC history taking place next Saturday as “The Notorious” Conor McGregor and Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier do battle for the third time. There is no championship gold on the line, but the hysteria surrounding the fight is hyping it up to hold even more significance than a UFC title.

 

On July 10th, 2021, a sold-out T-Mobile arena will play host to a favorite fan clash, and despite there being no gold up for grabs, the magnitude of said contest is exceeding that of any championship fight we’ve witnessed this year.

 

Conor McGregor won the first meeting at UFC 178; seven years later, Poirier avenged his knockout loss at UFC 257 earlier this year, in no better than fashion than returning a TKO stoppage his favor.

 

And now, in a much shorter time than their previous rematch, the two lightweight stars meet again. But how did we get here, and who will come out victorious?

 

UFC 178: McGregor vs. Poirier I (September 27, 2014)

 

The first clash between the two was a complete masterclass on McGregor’s behalf. The Irishman was light on his feet and seemingly owned all the confidence in the world. Poirier looked out of place, anxious, and considerably less confident than his opponent.

 

We should note this fight took place in the featherweight division, the weight class where Conor McGregor found most of his martial arts success.

 

After keeping Poirier at range with a plethora of strikes and fluid defensive slips, we soon noticed that Poirier was not in the same league. McGregor fought with a wide karate stance, shaded his deadly left cross with a kicking offense, smooth footwork, and faints.

 

Within two minutes into the 1st, with his hands by his side, McGregor walked Poirier down to plant the left cross onto the side of Poirier’s dome, ending the fight before Poirier could even warm up.

 

UFC 257: McGregor vs. Poirier II (January 27, 2021)

 

The second fight took place under entirely different circumstances. McGregor had already cemented his legacy in the UFC as a two-division champion. Now both men would clash in the division above.

 

McGregor’s light-footed, super-fast striking style had been replaced with a boxing focused offence with minimal room for striking on the backfoot. He was leaving the lead leg completely open for Poirier to tear apart. McGregor found success with his strikes, but the more Poirier managed to take the punishment without dropping, the more his confidence grew.

 

After chopping the lead leg of McGregor for one full round, landing a takedown, and surviving the Irishman’s onslaught, Poirier began to have his way. McGregor’s willingness to box inside the pocket was his downfall, as a counter from Poirier connected cleanly with McGregor’s chin, and the rest was history. A flurry of strikes handed the Louisiana native his long-awaited revenge.

UFC 264: McGregor vs. Poirier III (July 10, 2021)

 

Predicting the winner of next weekend’s trilogy bout is a difficult one. We don’t know how much McGregor is invested in the fight game, and likewise, Poirier has openly admitted he doesn’t enjoy fighting anymore. Are they both fighting for the paycheque?

 

Maybe the money is motivating him; he gave up multiple title opportunities to fight McGregor. Whereas McGregor is already a billionaire, the money motivation cannot be why he’s fighting.

 

McGregor needs to avoid grappling with Poirier, switch stances regularly, and remove his consistent forward pressure with a boxing stance whilst inside the pocket. Should McGregor keep his distance, show an ability to fight to move backwards, and walk into the danger zone. As for Poirier, his game plan has already been written up from January; repeat it!

 

The most valuable betting prediction for me Is the under 2 and ½ rounds, currently priced at -167. Avoiding the side gives me a sense of ease. That’s because both men are extremely capable of winning this contest.

 

 

UFC 264 Best Bet: Under 2 and a ½ rounds @ -167 with Unibet [1.67u returns 1u profi]