Ultimate Fighting Championship has declared six huge bouts for this summer with a plethora 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 take place at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago. Here is Nick’s rationale supporting his odds:
„Donald Cerrone vs Tony Ferguson is among the most fan friendly fights made in years. Cerrone has looked like a new guy 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 is fighting with a chip on his shoulder after battling personal issues and becoming stripped of his interim title. Stylistically, both fighters are exceptionally competent finishers both standing and on the floor. Both men have serious knockout power and have the potential to get knocked out. Ferguson’s speed 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 as 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 might be his biggest hurdle to overcome nevertheless in his profession. Edgar has powerful wrestling and has the conditioning to really go the distance with Holloway, but in the past year, he had been knocked out for the first time by Brian Ortega and has only beaten Cub Swanson since. Holloway ruined Ortega, but eventually looked human if he unsuccessfully moved up to lightweight to challenge 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 when he could take Holloway down and keep him down, but it is unlikely he could stand and commerce with Holloway, a fighter who is prepared to have a shot to dish out five . Holloway was a -215 last time, but he’ll be a -300 favorite“
UFC 241 in August will feature a heavyweight title rematch, with the roles of Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier reversed this time.
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