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 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 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]

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UFC in Vegas 28 Pick’ Em Part 2: Fight Card Preview, Predictions & Best Bet

Miguel Baeza (C) of the United States is interviewed.  Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

Miguel Baeza (C) of the United States is interviewed. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

We’re back with part 2 of our UFC Fight Night predictions. The UFC in Vegas 28: Jarizinho Roenstruik vs. Augusto Sakai 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.

UFC in Vegas 28 Co-Main Event Prediction

Walt Harris vs. Marcin Tybura

UFC Heavyweight Bout

Saturday, June 05, 2021 – 11:05 PM EDT at Apex Centre

This weekend’s main card fights are stacked with heavyweight, middleweight, and welterweight big-boys of the UFC roster. The co-main event will be no different as heavyweight contenders Walt Harris and Marcin Tybura will lead us into the main event of the evening.

Marcin Tybura is riding the first four-fight win streak of his UFC career; with a mixture of high and low-level opposition, it has been hard to gauge his worth, but he can no longer deny his willingness to win a fight.

Walt Harris can wrestle, but versus Tybura, I don’t expect him to approach this game plan. Tybura is quite the wrestler himself; just ask Greg Hardy, who fell victim to the Poilshmans heavy top game via a ground and pound stoppage.

Marcin Tybura is vital inside the clinch, he doesn’t use the position to protect himself or take a break, but he will utilize elbows, uppercuts and make the most of his cage work.

Walt Harris possesses some heavyhanded strikes, but as we have witnessed repeatedly, outside of the first round, his offence becomes stale. I believe that once Tybura can weather the storm during those first five minutes, all it would take is one takedown, and Harris will lose the fight because of his unfavourable gas tank.

When the heavyweights have thrown down, it’s an often occurrence we witness somebody go to sleep. So, instead of taking the risk and picking a side, I can appreciate the value being offered in the over/under betting market.

UFC Vegas 28 Best Bet: Fight doesn’t go the distance at -161 with William Hill (1.61u returns 1u profit)

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UFC in Vegas 28 Pick’ Em Part 1: Fight Card Preview, Predictions & Best Bets

Augusto Sakai of Brazil is hit with a punch. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Augusto Sakai of Brazil is hit with a punch. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

 

With MMA promotions taking a break from action this week, we will delve into next week’s UFC in Vegas 28 event with an extended preview through two parts. Continue reading for our Part 1 of UFC betting picks for the Vegas event headlined by Rozenstruik and Sakai.

 

Augusto Sakai vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Saturday, June 05, 2021 – 11:05 PM EDT at the UFC Apex

The big boy heavyweight division will lead the UFC in Vegas main event, and what an intriguing matchup we have in front of us. Heavy-handed Brazilian Augusto Sakai will attempt to regain his composure after losing his impressive 4-fight streak against Alistair Overeem last time out. His opponent Jairzinho Rozenstruik suffered a similar fate when giving up his 4-fight win streak to Francis Ngannou, although he’s fought twice since then, going 1-1.

Suriname native Rozenstruik has landed some tremendous successive bouts since joining the UFC; originally a professional muay thai fighter, he has been competing in mixed martial arts since 2017, where his striking skills would easily translate. Rozenstruik will continue to pose a severe threat in the UFC heavyweight division, combining fight end power with a technical striking output.

Augusto Sakai has been a professional martial artist since 2011, so his experience in this field is considerably more extensive than that of his opponent. Former Bellator competitor, his background does not just stem from a UFC octagon. Much like his opponent, Sakai has the striking skills to become a true contender of the division and fight-ending punches to match one day.

Call me crazy, but I predict these two heavyweights will give us more than a round-one flash knockout. I anticipate (similar to last weeks main event) a certain level of respect for each fighter’s punching power. Thus leading towards a competitive fight beyond the first round. The over 1 and a ½ rounds betting market tempts me, and if we do witness a knockout or technical stoppage, I believe we will see this occur beyond this mark of 7 and a half minutes.

UFC Best Bet: Over 1 and a ½ rounds at -149 with William Hill

 

Claudio Puelles vs. Jordan Leavitt

American born Jordan Leavitt has continuously impressed me with his elite-level skills under such a small window of time being a professional fighter. A mere four years as a professional, the Dana White Contender Series alumni has delivered an unblemished 8-0 record with five of those contests ending via submission or stoppage.

Leavitt owns a certain charisma that we rarely stumble across in MMA, but the sport often provides us with a future contender or a top ranked competitor at the very least when we do. He began martial arts on the wrestling mats in school and quickly transitioned into jiu-jitsu after years of rolling with high-level black belts.

Next weekend Leavitt will be faced with another lightweight prospect in Claudio Puelles, who has also proven some slick work on the ground. Peruvian native Puelles owns 5 career stoppages by way of submission and could be the real test for Leavitt we have been waiting to witness.

With that said, I hold high faith in Leavitt’s fight IQ, along with his aura when stepping into a high-intensity MMA battle. Puelles has never been finished by submission, but I predict the wrestling background of Leavitt can give enough to win this contest. I also favor Leavitt’s striking offense to deliver the higher output of the two. Should this fight remain standing, he will often utilize a flashy striking style to hide his takedown attempts that won’t be far away.

UFC Best Bet: Jordan Leavitt to win at -188 with FanDuel