Two UFC fighters who don’t lose will go at it April 18th when Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, 28-0 (8 KOs, 10 Submissions), (-260) looks to defend his title vs. Tony Ferguson, 25-3 (12 KOs, 8 Submissions), (+200). Khabib has proven that he’s the real deal after beating Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, while Ferguson has only won his last 12 fights in a row and only suffering one loss in the last eleven years.
There’s more to UFC 248 than the Adesanya/Romero and the ladies going at it! Be sure to check out Loot’s take on the middleweight battle between Derek Brunson, 20-7 (11 KOs, 3 Submissions), (+195) and Edmen Shahbazyan, 11-0 (9 KOs, 1 Submission), (-235), as well as the welterweight fight between Neil Magny, 21-7 (7 KOs, 3 Submissions), (+150) vs. Li Jingliang, 17-5 (7 KOs, 5 Submissions), (-180)!
One of the brightest rising stars in the UFC, Israel Adesanya, 18-0 (14 KOs), (-235) looks to defend his middleweight title vs. the aging 42 year old Yoel Romero, 13-4 (11 KOs), (+195). On the women’s side of the docket, the dangerous Zhang Weili, 20-1 (10 KOs, 7 Submissions), (-145) comes in as a short favorite vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk, 16-3 (4 KOs, 1 Submission), (+115). Weili has won with 17 stoppages in her last 20 fights. Joanna hasn’t won by stoppage since 2015. Her short underdog price indicates oddsmakers think she has a shot here. Get Loot’s take here!
While the Jones/Reyes fight is the headliner, the UFC 247 undercard also features a great battle between a couple of tough ladies in a Flyweight title fight between champion Valentina Shevchenko and challenger Katlyn Chookagian. Shevchenko is making the third defense of her 125-pound belt. On the men’s side, Loot breaks down a great heavyweight fight between Derrick Lewis, 22-7 (18 KOs, 1 Submission), (-280) and Ilir Latifi, 14-7 (6 KOs, 4 Submissions), (+220).
Jon Jones 25-1 (10 KOs, 6 Submissions), one of the UFC’s most decorated champions, looks to defend his light heavyweight championship against the undefeated Dominick Reyes, 12-0 (7 KOs, 2 Submissions). Jones comes into this one as a moderate -440 favorite, which immediately tells us that bookmakers are suspicious of his left hand, which can instantly end a fight when landed.
Our fight expert breaks down the strengths and weakness of the fighters and gives out his suggested Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone wagers.
UFC 245 is probably the card of the year, headlined by multiple championship fights with some of the biggest stars in the sport making appearances. At the top of the bill is a welterweight championship bout between champion Kamaru Usman and challenger Colby Covington in a grudge match. Leading up to that is a featherweight title fight between champion Max Holloway and rampaging challenger Alexander Volkanovski. Let’s see what we can come up with for UFC 245!
It’s not as title fight but the main event in UFC 244 features two strong fighters with many similarities. Get MMA expert Loot’s fight analysis plus tips on how to bet the fight.
The main event features Robert Whittaker, 20-4 (9 KOs, 5 Submissions), (-125 odds) vs. Israel Adesanya, 17-0 (13 KOs), (+105 odds). While these fighters may be little known to American bettors and followers of mixed martial arts, these are household names in their part of the world. The fight will take place in Melbourne Australia.
This heavyweight fight is a rematch from a truncated February bout that ruled a no-contest after Mitrione accidentally landed a kick to the groin. Loot breaks down each fighter en route to his decision on which fighter gets his money.