I have given you my forecast and betting advice for the primary event at UFC 218 (Aldo vs Holloway). Now the moneylines and props are outside for the remainder of the card, it is time to get a UFC 218 deep dip.
Which underdogs have worth? Which fights should bettors avoid? How can you put together a potentially lucrative parlay on tap from the fights? Let’s have a look.
UFC Predictions and 219 Odds: Cyborg vs. Holm
There is not any big’dog calling out to me. But there is one man on this card who may defy some odds.
Francis Ngannou (-270) vs. Alistair Overeem (+230)
Alistair Overeem might get merked by a bigger and stronger puncher in Francis Ngannou, but at +230, he is worth throwing a few pennies in the slightest. Normally I’d place this struggle from the stay-away category, but this really is a big test for Ngannou, a man who really hasn’t been tested yet.
Overeem is a veteran of the game and, although his chin may be suspect, he has one of the greatest fight IQs in the heavyweight division. Technical kickboxing capability and his in-cage smarts could provide a big upset to us along with a profit. Don’t go mad on this, however. Ngannou deserves to be preferred. Overeem is worth a little bet.
Felice Herrig (-140) vs. Cortney Casey (+110)
Cortney Casey isn’t a massive dog, but her +105 moneyline would still net you a good return or boost a parlay. Both fighters have looked strong, but stylistically, Casey appears to get the strength and size to provide Herrig problems. The single woman that has been in a position to fit Casey’s physicality was Claudia Gadelha and woman is among the best in the branch. If Casey can pour on the pressure, she could overwhelm Herrig and pick up a small upset win here. Again, don’t go mad and throw your whole bankroll, but Casey is worth a few shekels.
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