Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced six huge bouts with this summer with a plethora of champions and top title contenders in five different weight classes. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has started betting odds for the six contests.
The very 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 chances:
“Donald Cerrone vs Tony Ferguson is among the most fan friendly struggles made in years. Cerrone has looked like a new guy in his return to lightweight. He has gained confidence and seems motivated and hungry for a push in the belt. Ferguson is a really well-rounded fighter and is fighting a chip on his shoulder after fighting private issues and getting stripped of his interim title. Stylistically, both fighters are highly capable finishers both standing and on the floor. Both men have serious knockout power and have the capability to get knocked out. Ferguson’s speed and unpredictability provide him the advantage here.”
Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar was originally announced for UFC 222 early this past year and Nick gave his ideas about the bout then, but a lot has changed in the last 18 months. The bout will 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, hard for Max Holloway’s belt may be his main 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 last year, he had been knocked out for the first time by Brian Ortega and contains just beaten Cub Swanson since. Holloway destroyed Ortega, but finally 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 could be an X-factor if he can take Holloway down and keep him down, but it’s unlikely he could stand and trade with Holloway, a fighter who’s willing to take a shot to dish out five . Holloway was a -215 final time, but he’ll be a -300 favorite.”
UFC 241 in August will feature a heavyweight title rematch, together with the roles of Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier reversed this time.
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