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

UFC in Vegas 26 Pick’ Em: Fight Card Preview, Predictions & Best Be

Donald Cerrone of the United States looks on in the Welterweight fight.Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

Donald Cerrone of the United States looks on in the Welterweight fight.Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

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UFC Fight Night: Reyes vs. Prochazka Preview

Dominick Reyes poses on the scale during the UFC 247 ceremonial weigh-in. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Dominick Reyes poses on the scale during the UFC 247 ceremonial weigh-in. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

UFC in Vegas 25 Main Event Prediction

Dominick Reyes vs. Jiri Prochazka

UFC Light Heavyweight Bout

This week’s UFC main event isn’t for the faint-hearted, as light heavyweight contenders Jiri Prochazka and Dominick Reyes take centre stage.

Although extremely difficult to gauge his level of competitiveness, the former RIZIN light heavyweight champion and runner up of the RIZIN heavyweight Grand Prix, Jiri Prochazka, has stolen the heart of fans already. Owning one of the most unorthodox styles’s the octagon has witnessed, Jiri now owns twenty-seven victories as a professional martial artist, with twenty-four of those contests ending via knockout or technical knockout.

Dominick Reyes stemmed from a background in football, and after sheer anger when he failed to be picked for the NFL draft in 2013, he decided to take his frustrations out by pursuing mixed martial arts. Fortunately for Reyes, his anger led him to the highest level of MMA when the UFC signed him. And just seven years after his first training session, he competed against Jonny’ Bones’ Jones for the light heavyweight championship.

I respect Jiri and his unpredictable style in the octagon; likewise, I respect Reyes for displaying an elite level of martial arts skill under a small window of experience. The key highlight for me is that both men possess the ability to end a fight quick, especially Jiri. The under two and a half rounds is priced moderately, and I can’t envision these two men surpassing that time frame.

UFC Best Bet: Under two and a half rounds @ -147 with William Hill [1.47u returns 1u profit]

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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)

UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs. Holland Preview

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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