Ultimate Fighting Championship has declared six enormous bouts with this summer featuring a multitude of champions and top title contenders in five different weight classes. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has opened betting odds for the six contests.
The first bout, a lightweight contest between Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson, will happen at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago. Here is Nick’s rationale behind his odds:
“Donald Cerrone vs Tony Ferguson is among the most fan friendly struggles created in years. Cerrone has appeared like a new man in his return to lightweight. He has gained confidence and looks motivated and hungry to get a push in the belt. Ferguson is a very well-rounded fighter and can be fighting with a chip on his shoulder after battling personal issues and becoming stripped of his interim title. Stylistically, both fighters are highly capable finishers both standing and on the ground. Both men possess serious knockout power and have the capability 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 thoughts on the bout afterward, but a lot has changed in the last 18 months. The bout will now take place since the headliner of UFC 240. Listed below are Nick’s ideas on it:
“Frankie Edgar is your ultimate underdog, and at 37 years old, hard for Max Holloway’s belt might be his main hurdle to overcome yet in his career. Edgar has strong wrestling and has the conditioning to go the distance with Holloway, but in the last year, he had been knocked out for the first time by Brian Ortega and has just beaten Cub Swanson since. Holloway destroyed Ortega, but finally looked human when he moved up to lightweight to battle Dustin Poirier. Holloway’s striking has become elite, having readily finished stand-up specialists Jose Aldo (2x) and Anthony Pettis. Edgar’s wrestling could be an X-factor when he could take Holloway down and keep him down, but it is unlikely he can stand and trade with Holloway, a fighter who’s willing to take a chance to dish out five more. Holloway was a -215 final time, but he’ll be a -300 favorite.”
UFC 241 in August will feature a heavyweight title rematch, together with the roles of Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier reversed this moment.
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