Ultimate Fighting Championship has declared six huge bouts for this summer featuring a plethora of champions and top title contenders in five different weight classes. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has opened betting odds for the six contests.
The first bout, a lightweight competition between Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson, will happen at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago. Here is Nick’s rationale supporting his odds:
«Donald Cerrone vs Tony Ferguson is among the most fan friendly fights created in years. Cerrone has appeared like a new man in his return to lightweight. He has gained confidence and seems 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 getting stripped of his interim title. Stylistically, both fighters are exceptionally capable finishers both standing and on the ground. Both men possess serious knockout power and have the potential to get knocked out. Ferguson’s speed and unpredictability give him the advantage »
Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar was initially announced for UFC 222 early this past year and Nick gave his thoughts on the bout afterward, but a lot has changed in the last 18 months. The bout will take place as the headliner of UFC 240. Here 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 nevertheless in his career. Edgar has powerful wrestling and has the conditioning to go the distance with Holloway, but in the past year, he was knocked out for the first time by Brian Ortega and contains only beaten Cub Swanson since. Holloway ruined Ortega, but eventually looked human if he unsuccessfully moved up to lightweight to challenge Dustin Poirier. Holloway’s striking has become elite, having easily completed 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’s unlikely he can stand and trade with Holloway, a fighter who’s willing to have a chance to dish out five more. Holloway was a -215 final time, but now he’ll be a -300 favorite»
UFC 241 in August will include a heavyweight title rematch, with the functions of Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier reversed this time.
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