UFC 219 is set to take place this Saturday night (Dec. 30) at Las Vegas, Nevada, and let us just say that it does not scream”quality” like previous end-of-year UFC cards.
Normally the UFC piles its final card of the year in the top to bottom. In 2017, we now get a major event between Holly Holm and Cris Cyborg. Though it has the capability to become a fantastic fight, it doesn’t necessarily scream”buy this pay-per-view!”
Additionally, this is a very hard card to bet on as there are not lots of fights which you can find a strong read on. A number of the favorites, like Cyborg and Khabib Nurmagomedov, deserve to be overwhelming favorites, yet might also readily get merked with their opponents. Danger lurks.
That said, we need to make a few plays. So let us do the best we can to come across some golden underdogs, a few worthy props, along with a lucrative parlay. Additionally checking out my Best Bets for UFC Futures from a week, where I suggested a couple of’puppies (Carla Esparza and Neil Magny) who still hold some value.
Middleweight: Marvin Vettori (-222) vs. Omari Akhmedov (+187)
At first glance, this moneyline in BetOnline seems perfectly acceptable, but if you take a better look at this preliminary matchup, it is possible to get some strong reasons to select the puppy in Omari”The Wolverine” Akhmedov (17-4).
Although Marvin Vettori (12-3) is a larger fighter that loves to throw , averaging 3.13 significant strikes landed per moment, he does not possess enough power to take Akhmedov out via (T)KO, so this battle could wind up being a grappling affair. While Akhmedov has shown in the past he has some power in his own hands (seven wins by knockout and also two”Fight of the Night” bonuses at the UFC), in which he excels is in the wrestling section. The Dagestani grappler could easily end up controlling the fight if the bulk is spent in the clinch or on the mat.
The only kryptonite that I see for Akhmedov is that his gas tank. Can he hit a cardio wall just 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 declines with two hard-working conclusion wins Kyle Noke and Abdul Razak Alhassan, the latter an upset at UFC Fight Night 109. At the moment I’m leaning towards”The Wolverine’s” hard palms and wrestling acumen for another potentially rewarding upset.
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