BETTING ODDS RELEASED FOR UFC FUTURES: MIOCIC/CORMIER 2, DIAZ/PETTIS, ADESANYA/WHITTAKER, POIRIER/NURMAGOMEDOV AND MORE
Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced six huge bouts with this summer with a plethora of winners and top name contenders in five different weight classes. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has started betting odds for the six contests.
The first bout, a lightweight contest between Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson, will take place at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago. Here is Nick’s rationale supporting his odds:
“Donald Cerrone vs Tony Ferguson is among the most fan friendly fights made in years. Cerrone has looked like a new guy in his return to lightweight. He’s gained confidence and seems motivated and hungry for a push in the belt. Ferguson is a really well-rounded fighter and can be fighting a chip on his shoulder after battling personal issues and getting stripped of his interim title. Stylistically, both fighters are exceptionally capable finishers both standing and on the floor. Both men possess serious knockout power and have the capability to get knocked out. Ferguson’s rate and unpredictability give him the advantage here.”
Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar was originally announced for UFC 222 early this past year and Nick gave his thoughts about the bout afterward, but a whole lot has changed in the last 18 months. The bout will now take place since the headliner of UFC 240. Here are the thoughts on it of Nick:
“Frankie Edgar is your ultimate underdog, and at 37 years old, hard for Max Holloway’s belt might be his biggest hurdle to overcome yet in his profession. Edgar has powerful wrestling and has the conditioning to really go the distance with Holloway, but in the past year, he was knocked out for the first time by Brian Ortega and has only beaten Cub Swanson since. Holloway destroyed Ortega, but eventually looked human when he unsuccessfully moved up to lightweight to challenge Dustin Poirier. Holloway’s striking has become elite, having easily finished stand-up specialists Jose Aldo (2x) and Anthony Pettis. Edgar’s wrestling could be an X-factor when he can take Holloway down and keep him down, but it’s unlikely he can stand and trade with Holloway, a fighter who’s prepared to take a shot to dish out five . Holloway was a -215 last time, but he’ll be a -300 favorite.”
UFC 241 in August will feature a heavyweight title rematch, with the functions of Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier reversed this time.
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