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    UFC 250 - Will Nunes Extend Her UFC Dominance?

    UFC 250 - Will Nunes Extend Her UFC Dominance?

    UFC 250 will finally go down on June 8th at the UFC Apex arena in Las Vegas.

    Amanda Nunes will headline with a championship defence against Canadian fighter Felicia Spencer. While not the co-main card, many UFC fans are also keeping an eye out on Sean O'Malley's scrap against Eddie Wineland. These two fights offer strong favourites to bet on for parleys and straight-up wagers.

    Super Bowl LV Outright Winner Odds & Picks

    Fighter #1 888sport 888sport 888sport Fighter #2

    Amanda Nunes

    2.20 19.99 (Draw) 7.15 Felicia Spencer

    Raphael Assuncao

    4.10 19.99 (Draw) 1.65  Cody Garbrandt

    Eddie Wineland

    7.00   19.99 (Draw) 1.22 Sean O'Malley

    UFC 250 Odds

    Women’s Featherweight – Main Event

    Amanda Nunes 1.19 vs Felicia Spencer 4.65

    Few athletes have dominated their sport as Amanda Nunes has dominated the UFC Women’s featherweight and bantamweight divisions. She holds the record for most wins in UFC history within the women’s competition, the most wins in title fights, the most knockouts in the bantamweight division, and the longest winning streak in UFC history among women.

    To compare, Canadian fighter Felicia Spencer is a newcomer to the UFC promotion after winning the Invicta Featherweight Belt in 2018. Spencer has a 2-1 record in the UFC, dropping a disappointing decision against Cris Cyborg despite fighting on Canadian soil. Impressively, Spencer’s only pro loss was against Cyborg, one of the best women fighters in MMA.

    Predictably, the UFC 250 odds for the main event are massively skewed towards the defending champion, who hasn’t dropped a fight since 2014. Perhaps more important, Nunes hasn’t tapped out of a fight since 2008, when she lost her first pro fight to an armbar due to a rookie mistake. The majority of Spencer’s wins have been grappling victories, which makes a surprise win from the Canuck even more unlikely.

    A payoff of 1.19 from most sportsbooks isn’t very attractive, but it represents a fair wager due to the overwhelming likelihood of Amanda’s victory. As such, it’s easy to recommend playing this matchup in a parley to improve your winnings. Either way, expect Amanda to say ‘bye Felicia’ with her fists.

    Pick – Amanda Nunes 1.19 

    Men’s Bantamweight – Co-Main Event


    Raphael Assuncao 2.20 vs Cody Garbrandt 1.65

    Ex-champ Cody Garbrandt has had difficulty over his past few fights, losing three bouts in a row by knockout, including twice to T.J. Dillashaw. This slide is a bit of a mystery after his 11-fight win streak and bantamweight belt. Raphael Assuncao isn’t an ex-champ, but he’s an experienced vet in the octagon. Raphael has lost two in a row, but he hasn’t been destroyed as badly as Garbrandt.

    Essentially, this fight is meant to give Cody a path back towards another shot, but it’s difficult to back a fighter who keeps on getting knocked out and hasn’t won in four years. Combat sports require a high level of confidence to succeed, and getting wiped out twice in a row in the first round doesn’t inspire confidence. Markdown Raphael for the upset victory.

    Pick - Raphael Assuncao 2.20

    Men’s Bantamweight

    Eddie Wineland 4.10 vs Sean O’Malley 1.22

    Another bout that’s projected to be a massive mismatch is this bantamweight tune-up between Eddie Wineland and “Sugar” Sean O’Malley. O’Malley possesses a unique mix of talent, speed, power, and grace in the octagon. The only reason he hasn’t progressed further in his career is hip surgery and a resulting hiccup due to failing a test for performance-enhancing substances after the surgery.

    Eddie Wineland is a former WEC Bantamweight Champion, but he’s well past his prime. In fact, over the last decade, he has a 7-7 record, which has prevented him from getting a chance to fight for the UFC bantamweight belt. Eddie hasn’t been getting killed in the ring, but the fact that he’s dropped two decisions in his last three fights certainly doesn’t bode well.

    O’Malley returned to the octagon with yet another spectacular knockout win, showing that he’s in fine form despite recent career difficulties. Sugar Sean’s fast, accurate strikes are spectacular, but what truly sets him apart from fellow strikers is his lightning-quick footwork and uncanny ability to land counters at unusual angles.

    Similar to the Nunes title fight, Sean deserves to be considered a significant favourite to win over a much older and less talented brawler. However, a 1.22 payout isn’t that great. Combining O’Malley and Nunes in an MMA parlay bet will extract greater winnings from these two talented fighters.

    Pick – Sean O’Malley 1.22


    UFC 250 – Best Parley Bet

    Amanda Nunes 1.19 + Sean O’Malley 1.22 + Raphael Assuncao 2.20

    Playing it safe and restricting your parley to Nunes and O’Malley is a great way to squeeze a bit more profit from these favoured fighters. However, those looking for a much larger potential payout should consider the benefit of stringing together an underdog bet with the two favourites. 

    Given the recent problems that Assuncao’s opponent has dealt with for the past few years, he’s an outstanding candidate for an upset win. He will more than double the impact of your parley payout, which is the main reason to accept the risk.

    UFC 250 – Free Bet Offer

    There are many sportsbooks that offer promotions to new and returning members. BetOnline is one of the few that’s offering a free bet on UFC 250, giving you an opportunity to predict one of the fights for a quick payout. 

    Sites such as Betway may announce a specific offer for UFC 250 in the near future, but for now, players should consider the site simply because of the welcome bonuses and other promos in place, such as a $200 bonus that matches the total of your first deposit.

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