The middleweight championship will be contested in the main event of UFC 253. Top UFC sportsbooks online favorite is unbeaten champion Israel Adesanya. He looks to make his second championship defense versus the equally undefeated challenger Paulo Costa. Adesanya is a slight favorite at the best online sportsbooks. UFC 253 marks the return of the promotion to Yas Island, also known as Fight Island, in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. It will take place on Saturday, September 26.
UFC 253 Full Fight Betting Odds
Light Heavyweight Championship
Alex Da Silva
After rising to the upper echelons of the kickboxing world, the Last Stylebender needed a new challenge. Thus, he made the switch to MMA, where he has also risen to the top. So much so that he is the UFC middleweight champion. Adesanya has a flawless 19-0 record with 14 wins by KO and five by decision. Each of those decision wins have taken place in the UFC.
Meanwhile, Borrachinha wants to realize his dream of becoming a UFC champion. He hopes that his stone hands will get him the victory once again. Four of his five UFC wins have been knockout victories. They include a triumph over three-time title challenger Yoel Romero.
Adesanya wins via knockout
For the first time in almost a decade, there will be a light heavyweight champion that isn’t Jon Jones or Daniel Cormier. Jonny Bones surrendered his title and has moved up to the heavyweight division. Contending for the abeyant title are top UFC sportsbooks online fave Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz. The former is coming off a close UD loss to Jones in February. The latter was next in line for Jones following his first-round KO of Corey Anderson, also in February.
Reyes wins via knockout
After his eight-fight winning streak was snapped in mid-December. Kai Kara-France returned to the win column in February with a win over Tyson Nam. Brandon “Raw Dawg” Royval enjoyed a successful Octagon debut in May. He scored a submission win against Tim Elliott. He has a three-fight winning streak heading into this fight.
Royval wins via decision
When we last saw Ketlen Vieira in December, she looked to be one win shy of a title bout with a 10-0 record. However, a first-round KO loss to Irene Aldana halted her momentum. Marion Reneau was supposed to be her opponent, but she was injured and Eubanks took her place in short notice. She collected her second straight win only two weeks ago.
Vieira wins via decision
Following the only loss on his record in his promotional debut, Dawodu has strung together four wins and is slowly making a name in the featherweight division. Tukhugov began his UFC career with three wins in a row, but he is 1-1-1 in his last three.
Tukhugoz wins via decision
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