Ultimate Fighting Championship has declared six huge bouts with this summer featuring a multitude of champions and top title contenders in five different weight classes. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has started betting odds for both contests.
The very first bout, a lightweight competition 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 one of the most fan friendly struggles made in years. Cerrone has appeared like a new man in his return to lightweight. He’s gained confidence and looks motivated and hungry for a push in the belt. Ferguson is a really well-rounded fighter and is fighting a chip on his shoulder after fighting private issues and getting stripped of his interim title. Stylistically, both fighters are exceptionally capable finishers both standing and on the ground. Both men possess serious knockout power and have the potential to get knocked out. Ferguson’s rate and unpredictability provide him the advantage here.»
Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar was initially announced for UFC 222 early last year and Nick gave his ideas about the bout then, but a lot has changed in the last 18 months. The bout will now take place since the headliner of UFC 240. Here are the ideas on it of Nick:
«Frankie Edgar is the ultimate underdog, and at 37 years old, hard for Max Holloway’s belt may be his biggest hurdle to overcome yet in his career. Edgar has powerful wrestling and has got the conditioning to go the distance with Holloway, but in the past year, he had been knocked out for the first time by Brian Ortega and has just beaten Cub Swanson since. Holloway destroyed Ortega, but eventually looked human if 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 may be an X-factor when he could take Holloway down and keep him down, but it is unlikely he can stand and commerce with Holloway, a fighter who is willing to have a chance to dish out five more. Holloway was a -215 last time, but now he’ll be a -300 favorite.»
UFC 241 in August will feature a heavyweight title rematch, together with the functions of Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier reversed this moment.
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