SMUGGLING DUDS UFC 276 GAMBLING GUIDE
This Saturday we are blessed with a stacked UFC card that has the potential to produce some of this year’s best scraps! Featuring stars old and new, and the chance for belts to change hands! We hope you are excited as we are.
Main Card (BT Sport)
Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Jared Cannonier (Middleweight)
The ‘Killer Gorilla’ finally gets his wish (and what he deserves) in the form of a title bout, against arguably the biggest star on the UFC’s books at the minute. Can he do the unthinkable and hand the New Zealand resident his first loss at middleweight? Nobody thinks Cannonier stands a chance but we definitely do. He’s well and truly found his calling at middleweight, and being a former heavyweight means he has a natural size and strength advantage over his opponents. This could be key. The likely outcome will be an Adesanya on points, but all we’ll say is be sure to check out our wildcard prediction as well.
Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Max Holloway (Featherweight)
Can ‘Blessed’ finally get the judges to raise his hand against featherweight nemesis Volkanovski? Both have looked incredible in recent appearances which makes this bout even more exciting. This will be the third time they have faced one another with many feeling Holloway should have a win already against the Ozzie star, is it now time for redemption? This is such a tough one to call but we think Volkanovski gets the hat-trick against the popular Hawaiian.
Sean Strickland vs. Alex Pereira (Middleweight)
One of the loudest mouths in the sport has made it clear he intends to not stand with, but out wrestle Glory champion, and feared striker ‘Poatan’ Pereira. Dismissing any form of threat from his opponent, Strickland seems to be going into this one with no worries at all. Big mistake.
Pedro Munhoz vs. Sean O’Malley (Bantamweight)
So many factors go into this one it makes for a really intriguing matchup. Many feel O’Malley isn’t that good, some experts believe he is going to hand Munhoz is first loss via KO. Others just want to see if O’Malley can get through this one without a leg injury! Time will tell I guess but we genuinely think ‘Sugar’ is a real talent and will find the off button in the later rounds.
Robbie Lawler vs. Bryan Barberena (Welterweight)
It will be great to see Robbie Lawler back in the octagon and we will for sure be rooting for him just because he is an O.G of the MMA world and we want him to remain in the UFC for a little while yet. The 40-year-old is up against a fellow brawler here which will 100% produce an absolute barn burner. He can take the most damage and finish with their hand raised though? Probably Barberena.
Preliminary Card (BT Sport)
Brad Riddell vs. Jalin Turner (Lightweight)
Australian scrapper Brad Riddell is as tough as they come but unless he can successfully grind down the much longer Jalin Turner, reach will play a significant advantage. The ref might have to call time on this one.
Ian Garry vs. Gabriel Green (Welterweight)
For us the jury is still out on how far the young Irish prospect can go in the UFC. Green is a good fighter and will really test Garry. Whilst this may not be a barn burner, a late stoppage could be on the cards if Garry can wear his opponent down in the first two rounds.
Jim Miller vs. Donald Cerrone (Welterweight)
We waited until the last minute to upload our picks as we had no idea if third time lucky would actually be the case. After two attempts, fan favourite Cerrone finally (although we’ve probably just cursed it) gets his final turn in the spotlight. As a loyal company man, the UFC are desperate for Cowboy to go out on a win but we can’t see it happening I’m afraid. Thanks for the memories Cowboy.
Brad Tavares vs. Dricus du Plessis (Middleweight)
These two might as well stick a pair of boxing gloves on because there isn’t going to’ be too many kicks and takedowns in this one! We have nothing but respect for Tavares but his opponent has a glint in his eye and will be looking to add a seasoned veteran to his record.
Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Uriah Hall vs. Andre Muniz (Middleweight)
TUF champion Hall was once a feared savage of the cage but after a few appearances in the octagon, the aura was soon dismissed. He’s had a funny old time of late, watching back-to-back opponents suffer horrific injuries whilst fighting him, then getting beat by a fighter appearing further up the card in Sean Strickland. DWCS stand out Muniz is a real talent, and with the right game plan might just hand ‘Primetime’ his first submission defeat.
Jessica Eye Vs Maycee Barber (Women’s Flyweight)
Another sure fire hit to go the distance. One time title contender Eye has been in the UFC since 2013, so if she did lose here for the fourth time in a row, the Cleveland athlete will probably still get a final fifth bout in the organisation. We think Barber takes this so don’t be surprised if ‘Evil’ does decide to leave anyway and try her luck at BKB.
Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Julija Stoliarenko (Women’s Bantamweight)
Not the most exciting of bouts to kick off proceedings. A dead cert to go the distance. We’ve picked the Lithuanian purely on the basis she is fighting to save her UFC career. Eye has been in the organisation since 2013, and was once a title contender so if she did lose for the fourth time in a row, she’s probably still going to get a final fifth bout in the UFC. Don’t be surprised if she does lose and follows the money to BKB.
UFC 276 WILD CARD BET: Jared Cannonier to defeat Israel Adesanya via KO/TKO