Ultimate Fighting Championship has declared six enormous bouts for this summer featuring a plethora of champions and top title contenders in five different weight classes. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has opened betting odds for the six competitions.
The first bout, a lightweight contest between Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson, will happen at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago. Here’s Nick’s rationale behind his chances:
«Donald Cerrone vs Tony Ferguson is among the most fan friendly fights made in years. Cerrone has appeared like a new man in his return to lightweight. He has gained confidence and looks motivated and hungry to get a push at the belt. Ferguson is a very well-rounded fighter and can be fighting a chip on his shoulder after fighting private issues and becoming 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 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 this past year and Nick gave his ideas on the bout afterward, but a whole lot has changed in the last 18 months. The bout will take place as the headliner of UFC 240. Here are the thoughts on it of Nick:
«Frankie Edgar is your ultimate underdog, and at 37 years old, challenging for Max Holloway’s belt may be his biggest hurdle to conquer yet in his profession. Edgar has strong 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 eventually looked human when he unsuccessfully moved up to lightweight to battle Dustin Poirier. Holloway’s striking has become elite, having easily finished 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 willing to take a shot to dish out five more. Holloway was a -215 final time, but now 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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