BETTING ODDS RELEASED FOR UFC FUTURES: MIOCIC/CORMIER 2, DIAZ/PETTIS, ADESANYA/WHITTAKER, POIRIER/NURMAGOMEDOV AND MORE
Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced six huge bouts with this summer featuring a multitude of winners and top name contenders in five different weight classes. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has opened betting odds for both competitions.
The first bout, a lightweight competition 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 struggles made in years. Cerrone has looked like a new man in his return to lightweight. He’s 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 getting stripped of his interim title. Stylistically, both fighters are highly capable finishers both standing and on the floor. Both men possess serious knockout power and have the potential to get knocked out. Ferguson’s speed and unpredictability give 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 past 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 may be his main hurdle to conquer yet in his career. Edgar has strong wrestling and gets got the conditioning to go the distance with Holloway, but in the last year, he was 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 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 if he could take Holloway down and keep him down, but it is unlikely he could stand and trade with Holloway, a fighter who is willing to have 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, with the roles of Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier reversed this time.
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