SMUGGLING DUDS UFC 272 GAMBLING GUIDE
The UFC is back in front of a packed audience with another solid card. All eyes are on the main event here where former friends turned enemies finally get to settle their differences inside the Octagon.
Main Card (BT Sport)
Colby Covington Vs Jorge Masvidal (Welterweight)
A fight like no other, former room-mates, training partners, friends…the list goes on – but none of this matters anymore as the hatred between both has formed the basis if this non-title main event. The build-up to this one has been quite the spectacle and is sure to generate some serious PPV sales. Both have been victims to welterweight title holder (and former team mate) Kamaru Usman but we are heavily invested in this one, purely based on the emotion involved. Can Masvidal compose himself to deal with the wrestling clinic coming his way, or is he going head hunting from the bell? Or will Colvington shock the world and match the stand-up of his former friend? When fights are hyped as much as this one, the fireworks tend to be less spectacular than anticipated but you never know. With no title on the line, it could end up a brawl for sure. We all know Colvington’s persona is a gimmick, and the stuff he comes out with means more time in the spotlight, but the fighting part is real and it is the self-proclaimed ‘Real King of Miami’ who should win a decision. Expect to see a lot of controlled time spent on the floor and up against the cage.
Rafael dos Anjos Vs Renato Moicano
Having been affected by Covid-19 himself rcently, dos Anjos finds himself up against a late replacement in Renato Moicano, due to original opponent Rafael Fiziev contracting the virus himself. It has been almost two years since we last saw Anjos, how will he fair against an opponent who is fresh off a relatively easy win at UFC 271? At only four days’ notice dos Anjos’ will have his work cut out but so will his new opponent. He may not come in as the favourite but the aggressive style, and overall experience of the cage should still prove too much for Moicano.
WINNER: dos Anjos
Edson Barboza Vs Bryce Mitchell (Featherweight)
Unbeaten in 14 professional bouts, rising star Bryce Mitchell faces his toughest test yet in the form of switch kick master Edson Barboza! We are guilty of not paying too much attention to the 27-year-old farmer, but there is something special about Bryce Mitchell and a win against a true veteran of the sport will only provide more attention on the career of the likeable Arkansas native.
Kevin Holland Vs Alex Oliveira (Welterweight)
Here’s the deal with this one, Holland will be expected to put the UFC veteran away inside the distance but Oliveira could win this one. Surely his team know that Jiu-Jitsu is key and that grappling Holland is a clear route to victory. Holland doesn’t want this or any of his bouts to hit the matt, it is an area he’s still not comfortable with. Unfortunately, Cowboy Oliveira’s head hasn’t been in the game for a long time (check his wiki profile to see what he’s been up too). He’ll end up being dragged into a scrap, reacting to inevitable trash talk, and getting sparked out.
Sergey Spivak Vs Greg Hardy (Heavyweight)
Would you believe it, Greg Hardy makes the main event again. A bout that should probably be further down the card but the UFC knows fine well, the majority of UFC fans tune in to see Hardy get beat. They could well be disappointed here as Spivak’s stand up is not the best, and he often starts slow. So Hardy by KO in the first is definitely worth a punt. Ultimately, we expect Spivak to survive the onslaught and take him down, getting the submission before the end of round 2.
Preliminary Card (BT Sport)
Jalin Turner Vs Jamie Mullarkey (Lightweight)
Fans are in for a treat with this one as both young athletes have looked on another level in recent outings to the Octagon. Turner isn’t afraid to take a hit but if he can’t get hard hitting Mullarkey to the ground it could be game over in quick time. A real contender for fight of the night.
Marina Rodriguez Vs Yan Xiaonan (Women's Strawweight)
Two things these fighters have in common, the first being they have both lost to title contender Carla Esparza, and the second they are still both decent fighters! Is it a toss a coin kind of bout? Maybe not as the DWCS star should win convincingly on points.
Nicolae Negumereanu Vs Kennedy Nzechukwu (Light Heavyweight)
Nzechukwu tends to bounce back from defeat in style so it will be interesting to see how he performs here. Nzechukwu will have a significant height and reach advantage which if he can utilise will win the fight for him and potentially get an early finish.
Maryna Moroz Vs Mariya Agapova (Women's Flyweight) A legit toss a coin bout as to be honest, both fighters are very similar, the only real difference is the age gap (Agapova is younger at only 24 years of age). Leave this one off the acca. Guaranteed to go the distance if you want to stick a wedge on that bet.
Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Brian Kelleher Vs Umar Nurmagomedov (Featherweight)
Will Umar Nurmagomedov take Kelleher down and get a submission or will he grapple his way to a decision win? One is going to happen.
Tim Elliott Vs Tagir Ulanbekov (Flyweight)
Elliot doesn’t have much to show for his recent UFC outings which is a shame because he’s a really good flyweight. The odds are really stacked against him here and whilst he’s not fighting for his job, he’s not far off. We’ll go with another upset in this one. A very close upset.
Devonte Smith Vs Ľudovít Klein (Lightweight)
The man known as ‘Mr Highlight’ burst onto the UFC scene with a bang in 2020 but his next two outings were a far cry from that debut. Besides the main event, this is the one we are most looking forward to seeing. Another loss could mean the end of the line for Klien in the UFC but he’s fighting a man that favours his fists so could be ideal for the Slovakian. A tough one to call but we are going to go for the upset.
Michał Oleksiejczuk Vs Dustin Jacoby (Light Heavyweight) Both fighters have high calibre stand up but Jacoby is probably a little better and more confident. Most will have either to win by KO but don’t be surprised if it actually ends up going the distance.
UFC 272 WILD CARD BET : Jorge Masvidal to defeat Colby Covington via KO/TKO