If our NFL week 8 picks are anything as entertaining as week 7′s results, then we are in for a wild ride. We made sure to go for the easiest games to pick here (well most of them) so expect plenty of chalk, an upset or two, and at least one potential blockbuster game between contenders. Let’s get right down to it.
UFC 254 Odds & Picks
We can’t wait to get our UFC 254 odds and picks highlighted by the champion versus champion lightweight showdown between undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov and knockout artist Justin Gaethje. This could be history in the making for either fighter. Also on deck is middleweight king Israel Adesanya’s next opponent as former champ Robert Whittaker fights Jared Cannonier, who is undefeated at middleweight. Let’s break down the UFC 254 odds.
UFC 254 odds are released only for the headline fight as of the publishing of this article. In this article, we are going to give you the best UFC 254 free picks and predictions.
UFC 254 has six bouts on the main card and up to seven preliminary fights – four for the prelims on ESPN and three for ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass. It’s a stacked UFC card overall with the pay-per-view card having six fun fights that are sure to thrill.
Let’s take a look at the main UFC 254 odds, including the champion versus champion lightweight main event featuring champion Khabib Nurmagomedov versus interim champion Justin Gaethje (odds via Betonline):
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UFC 254 Bouts
- Lightweight Championship: Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) (28-0-0) vs Justin Gaethje (ic) (22-2-0)
- Middleweight: Robert Whittaker (22-5-0) vs Jared Cannonier (13-4-0)
- Heavyweight: Alexander Volkov (31-8-0) vs Walt Harris (13-8-0 1 NC)
- Lightweight: Islam Makhachev (18-1-0) vs Rafael dos Anjos (29-13-0)
- Women’s Flyweight: Cynthia Calvillo (9-1-1) vs Lauren Murphy (13-4-0)
- Light Heavyweight: Magomed Ankalaev (13-1-0) vs Ion Cutelaba (15-5-0 1 NC)
- Heavyweight: Stefan Struve (33-12-0) vs Tai Tuivasa (10-3-0)
- Middleweight: Jacob Malkoun (4-0-0) vs Philip Hawes (8-2-0)
- Bantamweight: Umar Nurmagomedov (12-0-0) vs Sergey Morozov (16-4-0)
UFC 254 Picks & Predictions
We went three for three with our UFC 253 picks last time around including cashing big on Jan Blachowicz with yet another upset. We’re taking our winnings and not shying away from choosing another big underdog this time:
Lightweight Championship: Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) (1.38) vs Justin Gaethje (ic) (3.26)
The question on everyone’s mind: is Gaethje the man to finally end Nurmagomedov’s unbeaten streak?
Gaethje certainly has the resume to give his backers plenty of hope beginning with his 100% KO rate inside the octagon. Gaethje has knocked out the likes of Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson and has earned a post-fight bonus in every single one of his fights.
More impressively, Gaethje has won the last two fights he opened as an underdog and is 2-1 overall in the UFC. This is the biggest he’ll be as an underdog opening at 3.85 although he’s received some hefty action.
Nurmagomedov has arguably been the UFC’s most dominant fighter since Georges St-Pierre. The Dagestani mauls every opponent he’s fought regardless of their background or record. So far, no one has been able to stop his takedowns – with the exception of Gleison Tibau, who he still defeated soundly.
Gaethje is a Division I wrestler and has solid takedown defence although it has rarely been tested. Nurmagomedov has never fought a Division I wrestler in his current run.
Nurmagomedov will still take Gaethje down, but Gaethje is strong and knowledgeable enough as a wrestler to keep from getting dominated. Most importantly, his power will translate over five rounds so even when Nurmagomedov tries to wear him down, all he needs is a small window to land.
SBR’s pick — Gaethje (3.26). There is still value in Gaethje here and an additional prop bet for him to win by T/KO is an extra sauce. Nurmagomedov will probably still roll, but this bet is about Gaethje finding that brief opportunity within five rounds to dust Nurmagomedov.
Middleweight: Robert Whittaker vs Jared Cannonier
Anchoring the co-main event is a title eliminator between former champion Whittaker and red-hot contender Cannonier. Whittaker rebounded from his title loss by soundly beating Darren Till a few months ago while Cannonier is having a nice run at middleweight with a 3-0 record.
Whittaker is the more technical striker here and he is versed enough in wrestling to keep the fight standing. He has plenty of big fight experience so fighting a raging bull like Cannonier shouldn’t faze him at all.
Cannonier more than makes up for his technique disparity with explosiveness and power. He’s polished all three middleweight opponents including fellow top contender Jack Hermansson. He’ll be a handful for Whittaker wherever the fight goes.
SBR’s pick — Whittaker. Feel free to hedge this bet with a Cannonier T/KO if the odds on that are sizable. But barring getting blitzed and finished by Cannonier, Whittaker should keep him in check through three rounds to earn a judges’ decision. Book that rematch with Adesanya!
Heavyweight: Alexander Volkov vs Walt Harris
This fight should produce a post-fight bonus one way or another as two strikers go toe-to-toe. Volkov, the UFC’s second-biggest fighter is looking to get back on the win column after dropping a decision to Curtis Blaydes. Harris is on the same boat as he’s looking to come back following a TKO loss to Alistair Overeem.
On paper, Volkov should be a sizable favourite here as he’s ranked much higher and has fought better opponents. But Volkov’s strengths, his striking, is also Harris’s and there’s a perpetual danger that “Big Ticket” will catch Volkov at some point.
Harris, a former amateur boxer, has a significant “puncher’s chance” here. But Volkov is just more versed everywhere else when standing. He has the edge in the clinch and can also utilize his kicks. A strategy for him would be to whittle down Harris with his leg kicks and use his 80″ reach to his advantage.
SBR’s pick — Volkov. The Russian should be smart enough to avoid getting into a straight fistfight with Harris and should utilize his more complex kickboxing skills to win a judge’s decision.
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