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    UFC 255 Odds & Picks

    UFC 255 Odds & Picks

    UFC 255 isn't as big as UFC 254, but we've got the serious potential for a three-way parlay here for our UFC 255 odds and picks

    So far there are 12 bouts that have been announced for UFC 255 and this is counting Mike Perry's bout as soon as the UFC announces a replacement. Either way, don't sleep on this card as it is lined with action fighters like the Shevchenko sisters, Knockout of the Year author Joaquin Buckley, and the champ himself, Deiveson Figueiredo.

    Looking at the main UFC 255 odds, it's favourites-ville here as both title fights don't line up to be competitive - unless we're in for the biggest upset since Holly Holm head kicked Ronda Rousey. Anything can happen in that octagon!

    Here's the odds preview via Betonline:

    Fighter #1 betonline betonline Fighter #2

    Deiveson Figueiredo

    1.34 3.50 Alex Perez

    Valentina Shevchenko

    1.10 8.50 Jennifer Maia

    Brandon Moreno

    1.53 2.65 Brandon Royval

    Mauricio Rua

    2.65 1.53 Paul Craig

    UFC 255 Bouts

    • Flyweight Championship: Deiveson Figueiredo (c) (19-1-0) vs Alex Perez (24-5-0)
    • Women's Flyweight Championship: Valentina Shevchenko (c) (19-3-0) vs Jennifer Maia (18-6-1)
    • Flyweight: Brandon Moreno (17-5-1) vs Brandon Royval (12-4-0)
    • Light Heavyweight: Mauricio Rua (27-11-1) vs Paul Craig (13-4-1)
    • Welterweight: Mike Perry (14-6-0) vs TBA
    • Middleweight: Joaquin Buckley (11-3-0) vs Jordan Wright (11-0-0)
    • Women's Flyweight: Antonina Shevchenko (8-2-0) vs Ariane Lipski (13-5-0)
    • Middleweight: Kyle Daukaus (9-1-0) vs Dustin Stoltzfus (13-1-0)
    • Welterweight: Alan Jouban (16-7-0) vs Jared Gooden (17-4-0)
    • Welterweight: Orion Cosce (7-0-0) vs Nicolas Dalby (18-4-1)

    UFC 255 Picks & Predictions

    We went two of three with our UFC 254 picks (three of three with an asterisk as we did pick Nurmagomedov to win, just not in betting) cashing out on a tight win from Robert Whittaker and an impressive KO from Alexander Volkov. We're shooting much straighter this time around:  

    Flyweight Championship: Deiveson Figueiredo (c) (1.34) vs Alex Perez (3.50)

    We'll get our pick right away here: Figueiredo should handle business against the lively Perez although buyers should beware! Figueiredo isn't without his flaws. One, there's his weight-cutting business. The Brazilian is a large flyweight and already missed weight recently. 

    If Figueiredo has less than an optimal cut, that could dampen his performance. And against an energetic and ever-improving Perez, anything short of optimal could be a loss. Figueiredo, despite being a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, is also vulnerable to a strong grappling/wrestling game. Perez happens to possess this. 

    However, Figueiredo's trump card is his striking. He dismantled Joseph Benavidez twice, the same fighter who cut down Perez. While Perez can crack, Figueiredo will light him up if the fight stays standing. And for the most part, it will.

    SBR’s pickFigueiredo (1.34). Take a close look at betting lines and see where it trends. There is some action on underdog Perez so there is a chance you can grab Figueiredo at a better price. Otherwise, just pass on this one. But purely from a picks perspective, Figueiredo defends and awaits Cody Garbrandt.

    *Note: BetOnline and SportsBetting are two prime books that offer plenty of excellent bonuses and promotions on title fights. Check them out.

    Women's Flyweight Championship: Valentina Shevchenko (c) (1.10) vs Jennifer Maia (8.50)

    Let's give Maia some credit here: she's an all-around fighter who holds victories over names like Roxanne Modafferi (twice), Alexis Davis, and Joanne Calderwood. She's no slouch. On the flip side, she also isn't excellent anywhere else despite having a blackbelt in BJJ. 

    Maia hasn't knocked out or submitted anyone notable but has been on the receiving end of a vicious KO from Sheila Gaff, who made UFC history by becoming the first woman to get cut. What's notable about this is that Gaff KO'd Maia from the clinch, which just happens to be one of Shevchenko's weapons.

    Anywhere the fight goes, Shevchenko should have the upper hand on Maia. On their feet, the three-time defending champion should piece up Maia. And if it goes to the ground, Shevchenko's jiu-jitsu should be on par if not better than Maia.

    SBR’s pick — Shevchenko (1.10). We don't count anyone out, but we're getting a headache thinking of how Maia realistically wins this fight. Shevchenko is smart, poised, and has finishing ability anywhere she goes. There's little value in betting her straight, but she will easily be a parlay anchor.

    Flyweight: Brandon Moreno (1.53) vs Brandon Royval (2.65)

    The Brandon's duke it out in the Fight of the Night contender and we've got the favourite Brandon winning. Tough choice as we did cash out on Royval not too long ago. But Moreno is a different beast from a straight striker like Kai Kara-France.

    "The Assassin Baby" hasn't lost since returning to the UFC. He's still just 26 and has already started polishing his game. He's honed his striking a lot better and still sports some potent grappling. Even if Royval can exploit a mistake Moreno makes, he'll be hard-pressed to do him in. 

    Moreno has an iron chin and has never been submitted. If Royval is to beat him, he'll have to outpoint him through 15 minutes and as much as we love this dog, this is a tall ask. Maybe too tall. 

    SBR’s pick — Moreno (1.53). In this potential back-and-forth, Moreno should use his more varied and developed skillset to get him the win. Royval will always be dangerous, but Moreno's toughness is what seals the deal here.

    Parlay: instead of betting on these favourites individually, try stacking two or three of them together in a parlay. A parlay of Figueiredo, Shevchenko, and Moreno is 2.25.

    This is all chalk we're lining out here so if you want to fade us, go right ahead. Either way, we can agree that the top online bookmakers below are your best options for laying down wagers on UFC 255. 

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