UFC 254 Odds, Analysis and Predictions (Nurmagomedov Betting Favorite vs. Gaethje)
Top US sportsbooks online favor Khabib Nurmagomedov and Alexander Volkov among others to win their respective fights in the main card of UFC 254, a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship which will take place on October 24, 2020, at the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The Eagle is the favorite of the best sportsbooks online to retain the UFC Lightweight Championship. Nurmie is undefeated at 28-0. He heads into the fight with 18 finishes. That includes two title defenses against Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. He is a remarkable wrestler. He averages 5.35 takedowns per 15 minutes.
His excellent conditioning allows him to keep up an inhuman pace for the duration of the match. When he gets the fight to the ground, he “smashes” his opponents, as he is fond of saying, by working wrist control so he can have a free hand for punching until a submission opportunity appears.
Nurmagomedov gets some flak for his standing game feet, but he and McGregor were on their feet for most of the third round of their fight. Khabib lost that round, but he wasn’t in danger of losing the bout. Moreover, in the fifth round versus Al Iaquinta, he stuck to his jab and didn’t take a lot of damage. That shows he’s capable of surviving standing up.
Justin Gaethje vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Pick
Nurmagomedov by submission.
Jared Cannonier vs. Robert Whittaker Odds By BetUS
Before losing the title, The Reaper was on a nine-fight winning streak in the course of five years. He scored four KO wins in that period. Whittaker possesses great striking defense. Robert Whittaker takes just 3.43 significant strikes per minute. He makes his opponents miss 61% of their strike attempts.
Whittaker has outstruck 12 of his 15 opponents in the UFC. He is a patient striker. He looks to remain on the outside and counter his for. Robert chips away with kicks while he tries to draw out an attack. When he lets his fists fly, he has great combos. He moves when he throws to become even more elusive. Sometimes, however, he can rush into the pocket exposing his chin.
Jared Cannonier vs. Robert Whittaker Pick
Whittaker by decision.
Walt Harris vs. Alexander Volkov Odds By BetUS
Volkov is favored by top US sportsbooks online. Drago is arguably the best pure striker in the heavyweight division. He uses all of his six feet and seven inches to jab and kick his opponent from a safe distance.
Volkov has outstruck six of his seven opponents in the UFC.
He averages 4.65 significant strikes per minute. He absorbs just 2.53. Curtis Blaydes exposed his takedown defense. Volkov was brought to the canvas 14 times. He likes to keep fights within kickboxing range while he chips away with kicks and looks for opportunities to let his hands fly. He is greatly conditioned. That makes him dangerous for the length of the fight. His counters are very accurate and strong.
Walt Harris vs. Alexander Volkov Pick
Volkov by decision.
Jacob Malkoun vs. Phil Hawes Odds By BetUS
Hawes is the fave according to top US sportsbooks online. His first appearance on DWTNCS didn’t go as Hawes would have wanted it to. He was KO’d in the second round. But in September he redeemed himself with a first-round KO that led to a contract from Uncle Dana.
All of his eight pro wins have been finishes. Six came in the first round. Hawes already has wins in both World Series of Fighting and Bellator. He moves forward with evil intent, throwing strong kicks and heavy overhand strikes. He is also a good wrestler.
Jacob Malkoun vs. Phil Hawes Pick
Hawes by KO.
Liliya Shakirova vs. Lauren Murphy Odds By BetUS
Liliya Shakirova vs. Lauren Murphy Pick
Shakirova by decision.
Ion Cutelaba vs. Magomed Ankalaev Odds By BetUS
Ion Cutelaba vs. Magomed Ankalaev Pick
Ankalaev by KO.