Dateline Las Vegas, man is it great to be back or what? We’re back with a packed crowd in the heart of Las Vegas, at the iconic T-Mobile arena. We’ve got a crazy stacked card ahead of us and we’re in for a fun night of fights.
As every week, we will break down some fun fights for you guys and give out some chalky and bold picks to bet on. We cannot wait to enjoy these fights and make some easy money, so as always let’s dive right in!
Nick Diaz vs Robbie Lawler
The much-awaited comeback of former title challenger and current badass, Nick Diaz is finally here in a fun five round non-main/title fight against the former king of the Welterweights, “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler.
This fight is a rematch, the two veterans met in the Octagon back in 2004 where Diaz knocked out Robbie in Round 2. Since their initial meeting, both these guys have seen major rise and fall, from winning world titles to being on losing streaks currently.
Diaz is the fan-favorite, representing Stockton, California (209), he has always been involved in fun fights. Diaz always looks for the finish and impresses fight fans with his antics in the Octagon.
Diaz has an impressive 80% finish rate which includes 13 knockouts and 8 submissions. He is primarily a brawler who has an elite level ground accredited to his third degree black belt in BJJ.
Diaz’s counterpart this week is the former UFC champion, who is seen by many as the greatest welterweight of all time. Two out of three title fights in Robbie’s career have been the fight of the night’s and he has a fun brawler style of fighting too.
Robbie comes forward and looks for the finish, and his 20 career knockouts are a testimony to his finishing ability.
This fight is really fun and is our favourite one to watch in this event, both these men are very durable, and we see a bloodbath for as long as this one lasts.
Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega
This fight is a fight fans delight, two men in the prime of their career are set for a 5 round main event for the UFC Featherweight Title.
Alexander Volkanovski has managed to prove that he is the best featherweight in the world in one of the most stacked divisions of the UFC filled with undefeated talents.
Alex was one of the most talked-about talents from Australia when he entered the UFC in 2016. Since his entry into the Octagon, he has proven that the hype is real by going on an impressive nine fight win streak which has seen him winning and defending the world title.
Alex is one of the most well-rounded fighters in the world, he is not the best at one specific art but when it comes to mixing it all up in a fight, there are not many that can compete with the Aussie.
Alex has been impressive in his wins by being dominant, he has beaten veterans of the division in Jose Aldo, Max Holloway, and Chad Mendes.
The second title defence of Alex comes against the BJJ wizard and Californian native, Brian “T-City” Ortega. Ortega has one of the most fan-friendly fighting styles, he is a brawler who pushes for the finishes whether is it on the feet or the matt.
Ortega is one of the most elite Jiu-jitsu artists in the UFC, he can lock in submissions from any angle, and they are near impossible to get out of. Fight fans believed the Ortega hype is real when he became the first man to not only defeat but also submit Renato Moicano.
Ortega’s undefeated record was blemished when he lost to Max Holloway in one of the most dominant fights in UFC history. This led to a near 2-year layoff for T-city where he worked on his game to showcase his improved skills in an impressive comeback win against The Korean Zombie.
This should be another great fight to watch, fight fans can expect a display of high-level fight IQ from both men, Ortega will bring the fight to the champ and it will be exciting to see how Alex deals with the pressure.
Our first best bet comes on the prelims in a lightweight bout between Daniel Hooker and Nasrat Haqparast. Hooker has been one of the most durable and top talents in the lightweight division.
He has faced two losses recently but only to the best, Chandler who fought for a world title, and Poirier who is arguably the best lightweight on the roster right now. Hooker’s counterpart has not faced any notable opponent yet and we think the odds are a bit off here. We pick the Hangman to get the job done to get back to the win column.
The fun-fight between Nick Diaz and Robbie Lawler is a great fight and we see a good spot here. We don’t see this as a high stake’s matchup but more as a fun fight between 2 veterans, we believe both these men are durable and will put up a good show. We see this fight going into the championship rounds, so our play here is over 3.5 rounds.
Our last straight bet comes in the main event, a great fight and a close one to call. Ultimately, we think Alexander Volkanovski is just too good, he is a good boxer, a high-level wrestler, very durable, and has great cardio. We think he will mix everything up very well and get his 2nd title defense in the bag this weekend.
Our final play is a chalky multi, we recommend combining all the picks above along with Curtis Blaydes @ 1.34 and Valentina Shevchenko @ 1.08 for a combined odds of around @ 6.20.