Top sportsbooks online favor Kamaru Usman to retain the welterweight title against Gilbert Burns in the main event of UFC 251 on July 12, 2020, at the UFC Fight Island facility on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
UFC 251 Usman vs. Burns Betting Odds by PNXBet.com
Betting Gilbert Burns
For the UFC 251, Durinho is the underdog, according to the best online sportsbooks. Burns enters with a 19-3 record. He has won 42% of his fights by submission. Burns has won his last six straight fights. He is coming off a May win over Tyron Woodley. Burns averages 3.15 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy of 46%. He is averaging 2.21 takedowns with an accuracy of 37%. Burns is coming off a dominant performance with 156 total landed strikes and two takedowns. Burns has earned a performance of the night honors in consecutive fights.
He has now won each of his last four decisions. Burns has a grappling background and wrestling experience. He has a second-degree black belt in BJJ. Burns is quick to apply a submission hold once he takes the fight to the ground. He’s also not too shabby standing up. As a matter of fact, Burns doesn’t look nearly as uncomfortable on his feet as do many guys with his background. He has six knockout wins on. Burns is a balanced fighter and has gotten people’s attention in his last two fights. This will be his first career fight in Abu Dhabi.
Betting Kamaru Usman
The Nigerian Nightmare is the favorite for the UFC 251, per top sportsbooks online. Usman enters with a 16-1 record. He has won 50% of his fights by decision. Usman has won his last 15 fights. He is coming off a December win over Colby Covington. Usman averages 4.60 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy of 52%. He is averaging 3.44 takedowns with an accuracy of 50%. Usman was impressive at UFC 245. He earned the fight of the night honors. Usman proved he’s not just a grappler and wrestler. He landed 175 total strikes against a skilled and powerful stand-up striker. Very different from the boring takedown fighter many consider him to be.
Usman is indeed a takedown machine with a wrestling background. As well as a black belt in BJJ and a quality ground and pound. But he is also a talented athlete and can take the fight where he wants it. Additionally, he can spend the majority of the bout on top and wear his opponent down. Controlling the fight from bell to bell. It may not do wonders for the ratings, but there you are. This will be Usman’s first career fight in Abu Dhabi.
UFC 251 Fight Prediction
Usman is solidly favored by top sportsbooks online. That is not surprising given his resume. Moreover, he has a five-inch reach advantage in this fight. On the other hand, Burns is fighting for the second time in less than two months. During a time when it’s not easy for guys to properly train for just one fight. One must question whether Burns is spreading himself too thin and taking his title fight too quickly. The betting line makes sense. In spite of the above, one might still want to back Burns for the upset. Burns has grappling skills of his own on the ground. He may not necessarily allow Usman to keep him on the floor round after round. Burns also has power on his side. If he can land some of the shots that Covington did, he may surprise Usman. Burns is balanced and has momentum. That makes it it’s difficult to turn down the plus money price.