Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced six enormous bouts for this summer featuring a multitude of winners and top title contenders in five different weight classes. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has opened betting odds for both competitions.
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 behind his odds:
“Donald Cerrone vs Tony Ferguson is among the most fan friendly fights made in years. Cerrone has appeared like a new guy in his return to lightweight. He has gained confidence and looks motivated and hungry for 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 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 potential to get knocked out. Ferguson’s rate and unpredictability give him the edge here.”
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 whole lot has changed in the past 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 your ultimate underdog, and at 37 years old, challenging for Max Holloway’s belt may be his main hurdle to conquer yet in his profession. Edgar has powerful wrestling and has got the conditioning to really 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 unsuccessfully 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 could be an X-factor if he can take Holloway down and keep him down, but it is unlikely he could stand and trade with Holloway, a fighter who’s prepared to take a chance to dish out five more. Holloway was a -215 final 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 time.
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