Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced six huge bouts for this summer featuring a multitude of winners and top title contenders in five different weight classes. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has opened betting odds for both contests.
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 created in years. Cerrone has appeared like a new guy in his return to lightweight. He’s gained confidence and seems motivated and hungry to get a push at the belt. Ferguson is a very 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 competent finishers both standing and on the ground. Both men have serious knockout power and have the potential to get knocked out. Ferguson’s rate and unpredictability give him the advantage here.”
Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar was originally announced for UFC 222 early last year and Nick gave his thoughts about the bout then, but a whole lot has changed in the last 18 months. The bout will now take place since 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 might be his biggest hurdle to overcome nevertheless in his career. Edgar has powerful wrestling and has got the conditioning to really go the distance with Holloway, but in the last year, he was knocked out for the first time by Brian Ortega and has just beaten Cub Swanson since. Holloway destroyed Ortega, but eventually looked human if he unsuccessfully moved up to lightweight to battle Dustin Poirier. Holloway’s striking is now elite, having easily finished stand-up specialists Jose Aldo (2x) and Anthony Pettis. Edgar’s wrestling could be an X-factor when he can take Holloway down and keep him down, but it is unlikely he could stand and trade with Holloway, a fighter who is willing to take a shot to dish out five . Holloway was a -215 last time, but he’ll be a -300 favorite.”
UFC 241 in August will feature a heavyweight title rematch, with the roles of Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier reversed this moment.
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