Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced six enormous bouts with this summer with a plethora of winners and top name contenders in five different weight classes. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has started betting odds for the six competitions.
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’s Nick’s rationale supporting his chances:
“Donald Cerrone vs Tony Ferguson is one of the most fan friendly fights created in years. Cerrone has looked like a new man in his return to lightweight. He’s gained confidence and looks motivated and hungry for a push in the belt. Ferguson is a really well-rounded fighter and can be fighting with a chip on his shoulder after fighting private issues and becoming stripped of his interim title. Stylistically, both fighters are exceptionally competent 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 give him the edge ”
Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar was originally announced for UFC 222 early last year and Nick gave his thoughts on the bout then, but a whole lot has changed in the last 18 months. The bout will take place as 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 might be his main hurdle to conquer yet in his profession. Edgar has powerful wrestling and has 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 contains only beaten Cub Swanson since. Holloway ruined Ortega, but finally looked human if 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 can take Holloway down and keep him down, but it is unlikely he can stand and trade with Holloway, a fighter who’s willing to have a shot to dish out five more. Holloway was a -215 last time, but 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 moment.