The UFC 289 odds at the best UFC gambling sites have Nunes as a -350 fave over Aldana (+275). The UFC is making its return to Canada for the UFC 289 event. It will be headlined by a women’s bantamweight championship match between Amanda Nunes and Irene Aldana.
Beneil Dariush and Charles Oliveira are going to be fighting in the co-main event. The 5-round title bout will take place on June 10 from Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
Nunes vs. Aldana UFC 289 Odds
We have already witnessed one Mexican upset. It was when Alexa Grasso stunned the world at UFC 285 with a shocking submission win against Valentina Shevchenko. Is Aldana going to be the next woman fighter from way down Mexico way who will secure an exciting championship win?
Should Irene Aldana hope to win, she is going to need to remain active. Her upright, stiff stance makes her a fierce boxer, and she is also very good at takedown defense. But Nunes, and this depends on how healthy she is, is a different beast.
“The Lioness” has the force and smarts to work around Aldana’s guard and beat on her. Aldana is hostile but she also takes plenty of damage. Her best hope is to hit Nunes as hard as she possibly can early in this bout.
After she gassed out in her first clash with Julianna Pena, Amanda Nunes displayed improved cardio in the rematch at UFC 277. The Brazilian proved to be in better shape and employed her well-rounded talents to breeze to a victory.
Expect Nunes to employ a similar, but maybe more cautious tactic against Aldana at UFC 289. The 35-year-old can approach Aldana with low kicks and then she can throw in a level change to keep things on the level.
Nunes is the superior fighter, but she can’t take her foot off the pedal. When Aldana moves forward, she has to trade back and employ those big hooks. Mexican fighters are naturally relentless, so Aldana is never going to be out of this bout.
Nunes vs. Aldana UFC 289 Picks
Pick: Aldana has never been knocked out in eleven UFC fights. Nunes remains strong, but at this point in her career, we don’t think she’s got enough left in the tank. Having said that, with the grappling advantage in The Lioness’ favor, we will take Nunes to win via decision and this fight to go the distance.
Pick: Nunes To Win By Decision, Fight Goes The Distance
Dariush vs Oliveira UFC 289 Odds
Beneil Dariush is a slight favorite over the erstwhile champion Oliveira at the best online sportsbooks. This fight could go one of a couple of ways. In the first scenario, Dariush and Oliveira roll around the canvas for 15 minutes as each one tries to secure a wrestling advantage.
Oliveira is fond of taking the back, and Dariush is as limber and evasive as it gets at warding off submissions. The more this fight rolls on the mat, the greater the advantage is going to be for Oliveira.
In the other scenario, these two lightweights stay on their feet and slug it out. That style would favor Dariush. He has more strength than Oliveira standing up and fights less frantically than the Brazilian.
In his previous bout against Mateusz Gamrot at UFC 280, “Benny” remained very collected in menacing positions. He ultimately rose to his feet and pounded away with kicks and strikes. If this fight becomes a slow dance rather than a mosh pit, Dariush is going to win.
Charles tends to get knocked down in pretty much all of his fights. Versus Michael Chandler, Dustin Poirier, and Justin Gaethje, Oliveira got cold-cocked in the first round and knocked down to the ground but he rallied back for a win.
Chandler ran out of gas, and Gaethje and Poirier turn their backs for a submission. Dariush is not going to be so easy to manhandle but that rope-a-dope strategy is still his best option.
Dariush vs Oliveira UFC 289 Picks
Pick: Dariush has been battling for some decision wins as of late, but Oliveira has been in an antipodean position. Eighteen of Charles’ past 19 fights have finished within the distance. That is a finish rate that staggers the imagination.
Thus, whether Dariush wants to go dancing or not, Oliveira is going to bring in the heat, and that guarantees an early stoppage. Sadly for him, we see Dariush prevailing in this fight.
Pick: Dariush Wins Inside The Distance, UNDER 2.5 Rounds.