Ultimate Fighting Championship has declared six huge bouts with this summer featuring a plethora of champions and top title contenders in five different weight classes. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has opened betting odds for both contests.
The very first bout, a lightweight contest between Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson, will happen at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago. Here’s Nick’s rationale supporting his chances:
« Donald Cerrone vs Tony Ferguson is among the most fan friendly struggles created in years. Cerrone has looked like a new guy in his return to lightweight. He’s gained confidence and seems motivated and hungry to get a push in the belt. Ferguson is a very well-rounded fighter and is fighting with a chip on his shoulder after battling personal issues and getting stripped of his interim title. Stylistically, both fighters are exceptionally competent finishers both standing and on the floor. Both men possess serious knockout power and have the potential to get knocked out. Ferguson’s speed and unpredictability give him the edge here. »
Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar was initially announced for UFC 222 early this past year and Nick gave his ideas about the bout then, but a lot has changed in the last 18 months. The bout will now take place as the headliner of UFC 240. Here are the thoughts on it of Nick:
« Frankie Edgar is the ultimate underdog, and at 37 years old, challenging for Max Holloway’s belt may be his biggest hurdle to overcome yet in his profession. Edgar has powerful wrestling and has got the conditioning to go the distance with Holloway, but in the last year, he was knocked out for the first time by Brian Ortega and contains only beaten Cub Swanson since. Holloway ruined Ortega, but finally looked human if he moved up to lightweight to challenge Dustin Poirier. Holloway’s striking has become elite, having easily completed stand-up specialists Jose Aldo (2x) and Anthony Pettis. Edgar’s wrestling could be an X-factor when he could take Holloway down and keep him down, but it’s unlikely he could stand and trade with Holloway, a fighter who is prepared to take a chance to dish out five more. Holloway was a -215 final time, but now he’ll be a -300 favorite. »
UFC 241 in August will include a heavyweight title rematch, together with the functions of Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier reversed this time.