UFC 262 Preview and Best Bets

Charles Oliveira of Brazil (L) attempts to grapple Clay Guida (R) in the first round in their lightweight bout during the UFC 225. Dylan Buell/Getty Images/AFP

Charles Oliveira of Brazil (L) attempts to grapple Clay Guida (R) in the first round in their lightweight bout during the UFC 225. Dylan Buell/Getty Images/AFP

 

The UFC 262: Michael Chandler vs. Charles Oliveira 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.

 

Michael Chandler vs. Charles Oliveira

UFC Lightweight Championship Bout

The former Bellator multiple time champion Michael Chandler has risen through the UFC rankings with just one fight for the UFC. We cannot be overly surprised with this outcome considering his extensive background in MMA and impressive resume. The former NCAA Division I All-American will be headhunting for another knockout victory, but this time with the highest of implications – UFC gold.

His opponent, Charles Oliveira, has turned a losing streak from 2015 into a seven-fight consecutive winning streak which is now placing the talented Brazilian in line for a lightweight championship. The sleek black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu owns more submission finishes than any other competitor on the UFC roster, something his opponent will be required to keep in mind during their five-round war.

Deciding on a straight-up winner for this contest is challenging; both men excel in all areas under opposite disciplines. Chandler has the wrestling chops with one-punch knockout power, whereas Oliveira owns the BJJ grappling and technical muay thai (ish) striking base.

All signs are pointing towards this fight ending inside the distance. And with some decent value on the under 2 and a ½ rounds, I can easily visualize this fight ending before the seven-and-a-half-minute mark.

UFC Best Bet: Under 2 and a half rounds at -141 with BetMGM 

 

Beneil Dariush vs. Tony Ferguson

Saturday, May 15, 2021 – 11:05 PM EDT at Toyota Center

Tony “El CuCuy” Ferguson, without a doubt, is a future Hall of Famer. A diverse skill set combined with an illustrious and hard to read style has pitted the American born lightweight contender as a true fan favorite. A decorated background in wrestling with an All-American label on two occasions, fighting has been with Ferguson since an early time in his life.

Beneil Dariush is tired of being underrated, and this stance has become apparent through his six-fight winning streak. This stance has awarded the Iranian native a high-profile contest on a UFC pay-per-view for the first time during his UFC tenure.

Critics often celebrate the dangerous submission game of Ferguson. Still, we should note that Dariush is an overly accomplished BJJ black belt with countless jiu-jitsu tournament wins under his MMA record. Ferguson is riding the first two-fight losing streak of his career, and yes, we can argue that he thrives with a crowded arena, but the decline has been evident. The wars Ferguson has been through are taking their tole; it’s a position to fade the beloved snap-jitsu enthusiast.

UFC Best Bet: Beneil Dariush at -165 with Unibet 

 

Rogerio Bontorin vs. Matt Schnell

Saturday, May 15, 2021 – 09:05 PM EDT at Toyota Center

Matt Schnell has undoubtedly lit up the flyweight division in recent years; a 5-1 record from his previous six UFC contests proves the doubters that Schnell is no rookie to the world of MMA. The most notable aspect of Schnell’s ability is the evolution he provides fight-to-fight; a questionable striking offence was put to bed once he stood and brawled with Tyson Nam during his previous outing.

Rogerio Bontorin is 2-2 since his UFC debut and made his way onto the scene through an impressive read naked choke on ‘Dana White’s Contender Series’. Great grappling, a mixture of clinch and wrestling work, has been put on display, and much like his opponent, the striking offence has been questioned.

Matt Schnell is calm, relaxed, and collected inside the octagon. The apparent downside to Schnell would be his chin; with a handful of significant losses via knockout, I worry if a firefight was to occur. With that said, Schnell has shown many improvements in his offensive striking and Bontorin not so much. An equal grappling presence but a favored striking offense for Schnell makes me believe that Louisiana’s own can get the job done this weekend.

UFC Best Bet: Matt Schnell to win at -152 with SBK

2021 NFL Draft Recap

Screens show the Jacksonville Jaguars selection of Trevor Lawrence with the first pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Screens show the Jacksonville Jaguars selection of Trevor Lawrence with the first pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

The 2021 NFL Draft is complete so I take my chance to have a recap of the 259 picks and select some of the more eyebrow-raising decisions made over the weekend.

It was a tough year for the teams making their selections after a lot of players either opted-out of last season, or played limited games. For that reason it shouldn’t be a surprise that 41% of the players drafted were involved in the Senior Bowl which gave teams a chance to get up close with prospects and get their hands on them.

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Nets vs. Pelicans NBA Preview

 Bruce Brown #1 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles during the first half.  Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

Bruce Brown #1 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles during the first half. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

 

Losing Kevin Durant (again) can help the Brooklyn Nets beat the NBA odds this Tuesday when they visit the New Orleans Pelicans.

 

Brooklyn Nets vs. New Orleans Pelicans

at Smoothie King Center

 

Here we go again. This has been the most brutal NBA season ever, with star players getting hurt left and right – not to mention all those games lost to COVID-19 protocols. No team has seen more players go missing than the Brooklyn Nets (38-19 SU, 28-29 ATS), although they kind of asked for it when they signed Kevin Durant two summers ago; he suffered a left thigh contusion on Sunday, and as we go to press, he’s just been ruled out for Tuesday’s road game versus the New Orleans Pelicans. As it happens, the Pelicans (25-32 SU and ATS) have lost the fewest man-games to injury of anyone in the league thus far. But they don’t have guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (ankle) or swingman Josh Hart (thumb) at the moment, and they’re 3-5 SU and 2-6 ATS since they lost both players in early April. Given how likely the betting public is to freak out about Durant, the Nets should be the right choice for your NBA picks, having opened as 2-point road dogs at FanDuel.

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What to Expect From Sam Darnold Next Season

Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets carries the ball. Billie Weiss/Getty Images/AFP

Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets carries the ball. Billie Weiss/Getty Images/AFP

The Carolina Panthers made a move to improve their QB position when giving up their 6th round pick this year and a 2nd and a 4th in 2022. But what can we expect from Darnold for next season?

The Panthers gave Teddy Bridgewater to prove himself when they brought him in as their starting QB last year, and in fairness, I thought he did all that was expected of him. The team was without their stud running back for most of the season as Christian McCaffrey played 3 games, and none of them at full health.

Teddy finished the year with 15 TDs, 11 INTs in 15 games, averaging 248 yards per game and providing the Panthers with 2x 1,000 yard players as DJ Moore and Robby Anderson went over that mark, so can Sam Darnold improve on those numbers?

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Flames vs. Canadiens NHL Preview

The Flames return to the Bell Centre on Friday night to try to replicate their winning effort from two nights ago when they handed the Canadiens a 4-1 defeat. Let’s analyze this North Division matchup and determine which side will have us cashing tickets in our NHL picks on Friday night.

 Calgary Flames vs. Montreal Canadiens

Friday, April 16, 2021 – 6:00 PM ET at Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada

 

The Flames have now won three straight and are looking for another after skating by the Canadiens, 4-1, on Wednesday night. Noah Hanifin got things started in the opening period with his fourth goal of the season while Mark Giordano tallied in the second, followed by third-period goals, courtesy of Josh Leivo and Sean Monahan.

Jacob Markstrom has been handling the lion’s share of the workload between the pipes for the Flames and he sparkled in Wednesday night’s victory, turning aside 26 of 27 shots in the victory. It was his second win in as many nights after a sterling performance the previous night when he backstopped the Flames to a 3-2 overtime upset against the Maple Leafs.

Markstrom’s load won’t lighten anytime soon after his backup, David Rittich, was shipped to Toronto for a third-round pick. That leaves Calgary with journeyman, Louis Domingue, as Markstrom’s new backup, and one who has yet to make a start this season. As long as the Flames continue to win and close the gap on the Canadiens for the final playoff spot in the North, Markstrom will continue to start.

Head coach Darryl Sutter has no issues working Markstrom like a rented mule, “Well, we only have what, 13 games, you look at our schedule, it’s not that hard. Even if he did play every game, put it this way, he’d still be the same as what he played last year. That’s not a big deal.”

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