Mixed Martial Arts fans and gamblers are eagerly awaiting UFC Fight Night Jacare vs. Brunson 2 and its appealing Best Online Sportsbook card. UFC Fight Night will feature four bouts on the main card. There will be six preliminary bouts as well. The Jacare and Brunson middleweight matchup features contrasting styles to make for a challenging handicap. UFC Fight Night Jacare vs. Brunson 2 takes place Saturday night with action on FOX and FS1.
Ronaldo “Jacaré” Souza has a record of 24-5-0. Jacare has lost two out of his last four bouts. Jacare lost in a second round TKO to Robert Whittaker in his last bout on April 15, 2017. The loss snapped a two bout winning streak for Jacare. Jacare is the third ranked middleweight in UFC. Jacare is a former Strikeforce middleweight champion. Derek Brunson has a record of 18-5. Brunson won his last bout in a first round knockout over Lyoto Machida on October 28, 2017. Brunson has a two bout best online sportsbook winning streak that followed two consecutive losses.
UFC Fight Night Jacare vs. Brunson 2
Date and Time: Saturday, January 27, 2018, 8 p.m. Eastern
Location: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
UFC Odds: Ronaldo Souza -165 / Derek Brunson +145, Andre Fili +135 / Dennis Bermudez -155, Jordan Rinaldi +435 / Gregor Gillespie -570, Frank Camacho +155 / Drew Dober -175
UFC TV Coverage: FOX for the main card. FS1 for the Preliminary Card
In featherweight main card action 11th ranked Dennis “The Menace” Bermudez will face Andre “Touchy” Fili. Bermudez has a career record of 17-7. Bermudez has lost four out of his last six bouts including his last two fights. Bermudez is coming off a third round split decision loss to Darren Elkins on July 22, 2017. Fili has a career record of 17-5. Fili won his last bought with a unanimous decision over Artem Lobov on October 21, 2017. Fili has split his last eight bouts with four wins and four losses.
In a lightweight matchup Jordan Rinaldi will take on Gregor “The Gift” Gillespie. Rinaldi has a career record of 13-5. Gillespie has a career mark of 10-0. Rinaldi will be in just his third career UFC start. Rinaldi is coming off a first-round win by submission over Alvaro Herrera. This will be the fourth UFC sportsbook appearance by Gillespie. Gillespie is coming off a submission win over Jason Gonzalez on September 16, 2017.
Matchup to Watch
The Jacare vs. Brunson matchup is one of submission against raw power. Jacare has won just 25% of his bouts by knockout or TKO. Where Jacare excels is with a 58% success rate mark by submission. Brunson is a power fighter that has won 61% of his bouts by knockout or TKO. This is a rematch of a 2012 Strikeforce showdown in which Jacare scored a first round knockout win. Jacare vs. Brunson makes for an appealing best online sportsbook matchup of veterans with contrasting styles.
Jacare makes for an appealing favorite with his higher ranking and past win over Brunson. But Brunson is a dangerous dog that brings good value. Brunson has been in better form recently as well. Brunson is the pick.
UFC Betting Pick: Derek Brunson
UFC Betting Prediction: Brunson over Jacare by decision