Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced six enormous bouts for this summer featuring a plethora of champions and top name contenders in five different weight classes. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has opened betting odds for the six competitions.
The very first bout, a lightweight contest between Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson, will take place 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 fights made in years. Cerrone has looked like a new man in his return to lightweight. He has gained confidence and looks motivated and hungry for a push at the belt. Ferguson is a very 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 highly competent finishers both standing and on the ground. Both men possess serious knockout power and have the potential to get knocked out. Ferguson’s speed and unpredictability give him the edge ”
Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar was originally announced for UFC 222 early last year and Nick gave his ideas on the bout afterward, but a lot has changed in the last 18 months. The bout will now take place as the headliner of UFC 240. Here are Nick’s thoughts on it:
“Frankie Edgar is the ultimate underdog, and at 37 years old, hard for Max Holloway’s belt might be his main hurdle to overcome nevertheless in his career. Edgar has strong wrestling and has got 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 only beaten Cub Swanson since. Holloway destroyed Ortega, but eventually looked human when he moved up to lightweight to challenge Dustin Poirier. Holloway’s striking is now elite, having easily completed stand-up specialists Jose Aldo (2x) and Anthony Pettis. Edgar’s wrestling may be an X-factor when he can take Holloway down and keep him down, but it’s unlikely he could stand and trade with Holloway, a fighter who is willing to have a chance to dish out five . Holloway was a -215 final time, but he’ll be a -300 favorite”
UFC 241 in August will include a heavyweight title rematch, together with the roles of Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier reversed this moment.
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