With another one of those special Dana White, 3 title fights in one PPV, promos he likes to do, here is a breakdown of each title fight and the bets to go along with it.
Main Event – Light Heavyweight Championship – Jan Blachowicz vs Israel Adesanya
Given the UFC over the years there are only two fighters that have really dominated their division enough to jump up to the next division after they’ve dominated anybody that tried to take their belt. Israel Adesanya is one of those fighters and he will be making his debut as a light heavyweight against Jan Blachowicz who has sort of fallen into the light heavyweight belt holder after Jon Jones, the other aforementioned fighter, moved up to heavyweight. This fight has all the makings of…well that’s what been the struggle to break this one down. Seeing as how Adesanya has never fought in the 205 pound division, there’s not much to go by as far as previous fights. Listed as 1.46 current betting favorite though, Adesanya looks to be a rare two division champion and it’s just hard to say he won’t win this. In his last fight against Paulo Costa, many of his critics thought his unblemished record would come to a halt, some even putting bets down on Twitch livestreams, during wagering races. No specific names will be mentioned, but I think those people may have had their eyes opened to his dominance as an MMA fighter and thought “He’s a winner, we’re a winner, this would be a great partnership”. I expect this to be the same result, as far as how this fight looks. The “Blachowicz looks way bigger” theory just for Adesanya to still be as sharp and as calculated as he has in his previous 20 fights and “The Last Stylebender” once again getting a belt around his waist but also carrying the one from the middleweight division. Adesanya by K.O. at 2.31 odds is the play here.
Women’s Featherweight – Amanda Nunes vs Megan Anderson
Last time there was an Amanda Nunes prediction, it failed miserably, but not for the lack of effort by Nunes. Her opponent got absolutely destroyed but she just wouldn’t be knocked out, so props to her. I think this time though Nunes doesn’t play around. Many times in her last fight, she had an opportunity to submit her opponent but sometimes she acts like she would just rather be in a fight for as long as she can knowing she could probably end a fight as quick as she would want to. After watching some tape of Megan Anderson, the biggest thing to take away was she’s no where close to Nunes ability, talent or power. This fight shouldn’t go more than the first round or maybe leak into round 2 so the play here is Under 1.5 total rounds at 2.03 odds.
Bantamweight – Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling
This fight is going to be a clash of the two different styles and will probably be one of the better fights on the card for the Bantamweight title. Yan, the current champion, prefers the striking, while Sterling will immediately hope to cut some of that power by making this a match on the ground. This fight will come down to how many times Sterling can takedown Yan and if it is a total of 3 or more, look for Sterling to have won inside distance or win a close decision. If it’s two or less I would think that Yan has been successful in getting some punches where Sterling will have had to change his strategy within the fight. This is a close fight according to the oddsmakers who have Yan as a slight 1.85 favourite, but the pick to go with is Sterling at 1.92 for the added decision result will most likely go to him, if this goes the 5 full rounds.
Multi odds – 9.00*
*Odds are subject to change prior to the beginning of the event