What can we expect from UFC 271 betting this Saturday evening? Action-packed fights? Australasian fighters, led by Israel Adesanya, dominating? Plenty of knockouts? A glimpse of the UFC’s Vegas odds indicates that we should be in for a legendary event from start to finish.
However, while “legendary”, these types of cards can be treacherous for bettors, especially those who like to bet the chalk or hit parlays. Fear not, as we’ve scoured the card to find as many as five bets we can stack in a parlay returning more than nine times your wager.
Progressive Parlay Pits Four Faves and One Dog
We divided this five-leg parlay into three separate parlays, relative to our degree of confidence on each bet. It starts off with a two-legger–the two best bets for the card–another two on the totals and an underdog to turn this hit into a home run.
Leg #1: O Neill Buzzsaws Through Modafferi
We usually caution against picking women fighters lined at 3-1 or greater, but Casey O Neill is an exception. She’s a blue-chip prospect who should be very tough against Roxanne Modafferi. Modafferi is also retiring after this fight. O Neill (8-0-0) is a strong grappler who will beat “Roxy” (25-19-0) anywhere the fight goes.
The Scotswoman can keep the fight standing and outstrike Modafferi. Her striking is still a work-in-progress, but Modafferi is no threat here. If O Neill wants to take this fight to the mat– which she will easily do as Modafferi has surrendered nine takedowns in her last two fights alone–O Neil has the strength advantage to dominate Modafferi.
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Casey O’Neill Odds by BetUs
Bet: Casey O Neill -400
Leg #2: Adesanya Ends Rivalry With Whittaker
The second leg of the parlay includes the champ himself, Israel Adesanya, turning back Robert Whittaker. Adesanya (21-1-0) opposes his “arch-nemesis,” but as far as rivals go, he’s a level above the ex-champion. While Whittaker (23-5-0) has sharpened his skills and has a wrestling advantage, Adesanya is a bad match for him.
Turning to his grappling takes Whittaker away from his strength, which is striking. If Whittaker plays chess with Adesanya, he’s at a disadvantage, given the champ’s speed and kick-boxing acumen. Regardless of Whittaker’s strategy, the UFC odds favor Adesanya for a reason. He should once again beat Whittaker, putting an end to this rivalry.
Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya Odds by BetUs
Bet: Israel Adesanya -300
Parlay: O Neill (-400) and Adesanya (-300) at -150
Leg #3: Wells and Matheta Get Bloody In A Hurry
On to more fun and violent affairs, as the opening fight of the evening matches two of the most explosive fighters on the roster. Jeremiah Wells welcomes Mike Mathetha, aka “Blood Diamond”, to the UFC.
Blood Diamond (3-0-0) is a buddy of Adesanya and another City Kickboxing prodigy. Wells (9-2-1) debuted with a knockout over Warlley Alves, a longtime UFC veteran who even submitted Colby Covington. Either way, someone is going to get “slept” as these fighters have plenty to prove and will get started quickly.v
Mike Mathetha vs. Jeremiah Wells Odds by BetUs
Leg #4: Lewis and Tuivasa Exchange Bombs
UFC 271’s co-main event in Houston is another banger as Derrick Lewis, who owns the most knockout victories in the UFC, fights Tai Tuivasa, himself on a four-fight knockout streak. The first clean punch landed here could end it as the pair have combined for 33 career knockouts.
Lewis is favored per the UFC lines, though at -180, it’s better to use the under 1½ total for more flexibility. Six of Tuivasa’s seven UFC wins came within the first 7½ minutes, while Lewis’ last three wins all happened in the same duration. Stay tuned for this one as it could end in a blink.
Tai Tuivasa vs. Derrick Lewis Odds by BetUs
Add: Under 1½ Rounds (-180)
Parlay: O Neill (-400)/Adesanya (-300)/Wells-Matheta Under 1½ Rounds (-150)/Lewis-Tuivasa Under 1½ Rounds (-180) at +332
Leg #5: Hernandez Crushes Moicano
At least one underdog prevails in almost every UFC pay-per-view, and we have our eyes on Alexander Hernandez. Facing Renato Moicano, these are lightweights who have shared the cage with the ‘who’s who’ of the promotion. It’s interesting that Hernandez (13-4-0) is the underdog, as he hits harder and is the better wrestler.
Moicano (15-4-1) is more skilled and more technical than Hernandez, but he has one of the worst chins in the division. A few clean shots from Hernandez and Moicano may be doing the chicken dance. To push this parlay to greater heights, go with Hernandez, aka “The Great Ape”.
Alexander Hernandez vs. Renato Moicano Odds by BetUs
Parlay: O Neill (-400)/Adesanya (-300)/Wells-Matheta Under 1½ Rounds (-150)/Lewis-Tuivasa Under 1½ Rounds (-180)/Hernandez (+135) at +915