UFC 219 is set to take place this Saturday night (Dec. 30) in Las Vegas, Nevada, and let’s just say that it doesn’t scream”caliber” like preceding end-of-year UFC cards.
The UFC piles its final card of the year in the top to bottom. In 2017, we get a major event between Holly Holm and Cris Cyborg. While it has the capability to become a fantastic fight, it doesn’t necessarily scream”buy this pay-per-view!”
Additionally, this is an extremely hard card to wager on as there aren’t a lot of fights which you can find a powerful read on. Many of the favorites, such as Cyborg and Khabib Nurmagomedov, deserve to be overwhelming favorites, yet could also easily get merked with their opponents. Danger lurks.
Nevertheless, we need to generate some plays. So let’s do the best we can to come across some golden underdogs, some worthy props, along with a lucrative parlay. Also checking out my Best Bets for UFC Futures from a week, where I proposed a few’puppies (Carla Esparza and Neil Magny) who hold some value.
Middleweight: Marvin Vettori (-222) vs. Omari Akhmedov (+187)
At first glance, this moneyline in BetOnline seems perfectly okay, but if you have a better look at this preliminary matchup, you can get some strong reasons to take the dog in Omari”The Wolverine” Akhmedov (17-4).
Although Marvin Vettori (12-3) is a larger fighter who loves to throw down, averaging 3.13 significant strikes landed per moment, he does not possess enough power to shoot Akhmedov out via (T)KO, therefore this fight might end up being a grappling affair. While Akhmedov has shown previously that he has some power in his hands (seven wins by knockout and also two”Fight of the Night” bonuses at the UFC), in which he really shines is in the wrestling section. The Dagestani grappler may easily end up controlling the fight if the bulk is spent in the clinch or around the mat.
The sole kryptonite that I watch for Akhmedov is that his gas tank. Will he strike a cardio wall like he did in successive knockout losses to Sergio Moraes and Elizeu Zaleski? In both of these losses, Akhmedov started strong but faded badly in the subsequent rounds.
He followed up those losses with two hard-working conclusion wins over Kyle Noke and Abdul Razak Alhassan, the latter an upset at UFC Fight Night 109. Right now I’m leaning towards”The Wolverine’s” hard palms and wrestling acumen for a second potentially rewarding upset.
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