Three Best Underdogs with A Shot at UFC 277
This weekend, we are set to watch UFC 277 over at the American Airlines Center. The main focus of the fandom is the Amanda Nunes-Julianna Pena rematch but there are lots of intriguing tilts beyond that. We’ve sifted through the underdogs on the card and honed in on the three best worth a play at UFC 277. Let’s take a look at the three with a shot along with their odds at BetAnySports.
Kai Kara-France +160 at BetAnySports
Kai Kara-France is a fan favorite in his division and is currently riding a three-fight winning streak ahead of his bout against Brandon Moreno. Kara-France picked up a beautiful knockout against Cody Garbrandt along with a decision win over Askar Askarov in recent bouts, and enters this contest riding a three-fight winning streak. Each of those wins have built his resume up even further than it already has been.
He is currently an underdog in his fight against Moreno because he’s already lost to him once. Moreno is the current interim champion of the flyweight division – at least until Deiveson Figueredo can return from his injury. If Kara-France is hoping to leave this matchup with a win, he will have to take down one of the best competitors in the division at the moment. He’s shown that he can grapple well with a fighter like Moreno and has proven to be a strong striker standing up. There’s a legitimate opportunity for him here.
Derrick Lewis +110 at BetAnySports
Another underdog with a great chance to win is Derrick Lewis, who is taking on Sergei Pavlovich. Lewis has had a rough go of things recently, getting knocked out by Tui Tuivasa in his latest appearance.
Pavlovich isn’t to be slept on, though, as he’s won three straight fights and is a knockout specialist himself. All of those fights were ended in the first round as well. He’s a very talented all-around fighter. And is catching Lewis in a tough spot as he’s struggling to find common ground.
At the same time, fighters who want to stand and bang with Derrick Lewis usually – not always – end up on the wrong side of it. Pavlovich is 15-1 with 12 knockouts but Lewis has fought much better competition. The Black Beast is a live dog here.
Julianna Pena +240 at BetAnySports
Julianna Pena is currently a +240-underdog coming into her rematch against Amanda Nunes and this is a much smaller number than the +700 she was at first time around. The previous matchup saw Nunes heavily expected to win at -1200 and she blew it.
Nunes was pummeling Pena throughout the first round before the match completely flipped over in the second. Eventually, Pena was able to submit Nunes where she tapped out quickly. Everyone in attendance was stunned. Some people feel Nunes was overconfident the first time but Pena might be onto something here. She proved she can hang in there against an incredibly talented fighter and maybe she’s no fluke. That’s why she’s worth a shot as a dog here.