Ultimate Fighting Championship has declared six enormous bouts with this summer with a multitude of winners and top title contenders in five different weight classes. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has opened betting odds for the six competitions.
The first bout, a lightweight competition between Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson, will take place at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago. Here is Nick’s rationale behind his chances:
“Donald Cerrone vs Tony Ferguson is among the most fan friendly struggles made in years. Cerrone has appeared like a new man in his return to lightweight. He’s gained confidence and looks motivated and hungry for a push in the belt. Ferguson is a very well-rounded fighter and can be fighting with a chip on his shoulder after battling personal issues and becoming stripped of his interim title. Stylistically, both fighters are highly capable finishers both standing and on the floor. Both men have serious knockout power and have the potential to get knocked out. Ferguson’s rate and unpredictability provide him the edge here.”
Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar was initially announced for UFC 222 early last year and Nick gave his ideas about the bout then, but a whole lot has changed in the last 18 months. The bout will take place since the headliner of UFC 240. Listed below are Nick’s thoughts on it:
“Frankie Edgar is the ultimate underdog, and at 37 years old, hard for Max Holloway’s belt might be his main hurdle to conquer yet in his career. Edgar has strong wrestling and gets the conditioning to really go the distance with Holloway, but in the past year, he was knocked out for the first time by Brian Ortega and has only beaten Cub Swanson since. Holloway ruined Ortega, but finally looked human when he unsuccessfully moved up to lightweight to challenge Dustin Poirier. Holloway’s striking has become elite, having readily finished stand-up specialists Jose Aldo (2x) and Anthony Pettis. Edgar’s wrestling may be an X-factor if he could take Holloway down and keep him down, but it’s unlikely he could stand and commerce with Holloway, a fighter who’s willing to have a chance to dish out five more. Holloway was a -215 last time, but now he’ll be a -300 favorite.”
UFC 241 in August will feature a heavyweight title rematch, with the roles of Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier reversed this time.