Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced six enormous bouts with this summer featuring a plethora of champions and top title contenders in five different weight classes. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has started betting odds for both competitions.
The first bout, a lightweight competition between Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson, will happen at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago. Here’s Nick’s rationale behind his odds:
“Donald Cerrone vs Tony Ferguson is among the most fan friendly struggles made in years. Cerrone has looked like a new man in his return to lightweight. He has gained confidence and seems motivated and hungry for a push at the belt. Ferguson is a really well-rounded fighter and is fighting a chip on his shoulder after battling personal issues and getting stripped of his interim title. Stylistically, both fighters are exceptionally competent finishers both standing and on the ground. Both men possess serious knockout power and have the capability to get knocked out. Ferguson’s speed and unpredictability provide him the edge ”
Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar was originally announced for UFC 222 early last year and Nick gave his ideas about the bout afterward, but a lot has changed in the past 18 months. The bout will take place as the headliner of UFC 240. Listed below are the thoughts on it of Nick:
“Frankie Edgar is the ultimate underdog, and at 37 years old, challenging for Max Holloway’s belt might be his main hurdle to overcome yet in his career. Edgar has powerful wrestling and gets got the conditioning to really go the distance with Holloway, but in the last year, he was knocked out for the first time by Brian Ortega and has just beaten Cub Swanson since. Holloway ruined Ortega, but finally looked human when he unsuccessfully moved up to lightweight to battle Dustin Poirier. Holloway’s striking has become elite, having readily completed stand-up specialists Jose Aldo (2x) and Anthony Pettis. Edgar’s wrestling may be an X-factor if 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 last time, but he’ll be a -300 favorite.”
UFC 241 in August will include a heavyweight title rematch, together with the functions of Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier reversed this time.
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