Ultimate Fighting Championship has declared six huge bouts for this summer with a plethora of champions and top name contenders in five different weight classes. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has opened betting odds for both contests.
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 supporting his chances:
“Donald Cerrone vs Tony Ferguson is one of the most fan friendly struggles made in years. Cerrone has looked 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 really well-rounded fighter and is fighting with a chip on his shoulder after fighting private issues and becoming stripped of his interim title. Stylistically, both fighters are highly competent finishers both standing and on the floor. Both men have serious knockout power and have the potential to get knocked out. Ferguson’s rate and unpredictability give him the edge ”
Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar was initially announced for UFC 222 early this past year and Nick gave his ideas about the bout then, but a lot has changed in the past 18 months. The bout will take place as the headliner of UFC 240. Listed below are Nick’s ideas on it:
“Frankie Edgar is the 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 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 may be an X-factor if he could take Holloway down and keep him down, but it’s unlikely he can stand and commerce with Holloway, a fighter who’s willing to take a shot to dish out five . Holloway was a -215 last 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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