SMUGGLING DUDS UFC 282 GAMBLING GUIDE
Not the main event fans expected but a naughty card never-the-less!
Main Card (BT Sport)
Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev (Light Heavyweight)
Just a few months ago fans were expecting Glover Vs Procházka 2 but the Polish star vacated the title after pulling out due to a shoulder injury. The fight was completely scrapped and replaced with this potential banger! Blachowicz has done his best to convince the press his last outing was a blip but as he is facing an absolute savage, we can’t help but think this one could end up worse! Expect Ankalaev to finish this one early and continue to 2023 Dagestan take over.
Paddy Pimblett vs. Jared Gordon (Lightweight)
You can’t say this isn’t a legit contender for a potential hype train derail as Jared Gordon is as tough as the come. Just like his previous victims ‘Flash’ will be overwhelmed by the build and then the fans in the arena. Prepare yourself for another Pimblett win followed by more top-notch Scouse banter on the mic.
Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Alex Morono (Catchweight 180lbs)
Following his return from injury Ponzinibbio hasn’t been the same which is why we’ve picked against him. He would’ve had a better chance against his original opponent (Robbie Lawler, who is for sure coming to the end of his MMA career), but late replacement Alex Moron could steal a decision victory here.
Darren Till vs. Dricus du Plessis (Middleweight)
There is a lot of pressure on Till to get a win here and whilst another loss may not see him exit the UFC, it certainly makes his future in the company a little uneasy. We just can’t see him winning this one unfortunately. He is a perfect match for his opponent’s style which won’t bode well on the night.
WINNER: du Plessis
Bryce Mitchell vs. Ilia Topuria (Featherweight)
A rather difficult bout to call – the amazing grappling of Bryce against the ferocity of Topuria. The likely outcome will be Mitchell via decision by way of holding his opponent to the floor for the full fight. We are going to say ‘El Matador’ gets another stoppage only because we want the UFC to set him up with a scrap against his arch nemesis Paddy Pimblett!
Preliminary Card (BT Sport)
Raul Rosas Jr. vs. Jay Perrin (Bantamweight)
Perrin has been lined up as cannon fodder here against DWCS winner Rosas Jr – who just happens to be one of the youngest MMA stars on the planet bringing with him a tonne of hype.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs Chris Daukaus (Heavyweight)
Both fighters desperately need a win following poor back-to-back performances, does that mean this will be a more cautious affair that goes the full three rounds? Not a chance. Whoever finds the button first takes this one.
Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Dalcha Lungiambula (Middleweight)
The loser of this one will be sent packing unfortunately and we believe this to be Lungiambula. Things haven’t gone to plan for the South African native during his time in the UFC and whilst the same could be said for Shahbazyan, he should be able to save his UFC bacon here.
Chris Curtis vs. Joaquin Buckley (Middleweight)
Buckley has his critics but for some reason we think the underdog wins here. Curtis will come in as the favourite but a split decision in a relatively average scrap going against him could be the result.
Early Prelims (UFC Fight Pass)
Billy Quarantillo vs. Alexander Hernandez
Leave this one off the betting accumulator for sure as we have an under performer in Hernandez who should win, against a fighter who is tough as old boots and great a spoiling the party.
T.J. Brown vs. Erik Silva (Featherweight)
Unless they are something special (i.e. Rosas Jr, Sean O’ Malley etc) we rarely go with DWCS fighter as they tend to under perform in their debuts. Erick Silva might not be something special or have the ‘It’ factor, but he has enough in his arsenal to get his hand raised.
Vinicius Salvador vs. Daniel da Silva (Flyweight)
Salavador to walk through his opponent and send him out of the UFC. Terrible match-up for da Silva, who if he can pull off the unthinkable will be the biggest upset on the card.
Camerona Saaiman vs. Steven Koslow (Bantamweight)
Two fighters making their debut so maybe leave this one off the accumulator. Whilst older, Koslow is the less experienced and may come up short against the more aggressive Saaiman.
UFC 282 WILD CARD BET: Gordon to def Pimblett via KO/TKO