UFC 219 is set to take place this Saturday night (Dec. 30) at Las Vegas, Nevada, and let us just say it doesn’t scream”quality” like preceding end-of-year UFC cards.
Normally the UFC piles its final card of the year from top to base. Rather, in 2017, we now get a major event between Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm. Though it has the capability to be a great fight, it doesn’t necessarily scream”purchase this pay-per-view!”
This is also a very hard card to wager on as there aren’t a lot of fights which it is possible to find a powerful read on. A number of the favorites, like Cyborg and Khabib Nurmagomedov, deserve to become overwhelming favorites, yet could also easily get merked by their competitions. Danger lurks.
Nevertheless, we need to generate some plays. So let’s do the best we can to come across some golden underdogs, some worthy props, and a lucrative parlay. Also checking out my Best Bets for UFC Futures from a week, where I suggested a few’dogs (Carla Esparza and Neil Magny) who still hold some value.
Middleweight: Marvin Vettori (-222) vs. Omari Akhmedov (+187)
At first glance, this moneyline at BetOnline seems perfectly okay, but if you have a better look at this preliminary matchup, it is possible to get some solid reasons to select the puppy in Omari”The Wolverine” Akhmedov (17-4).
Even though Marvin Vettori (12-3) is a bigger fighter that loves to throw , averaging 3.13 significant strikes landed per minute, he doesn’t possess enough power to shoot Akhmedov out via (T)KO, so this battle might end up being a grappling event. While Akhmedov has revealed previously he has some power in his hands (seven wins by knockout and two”Fight of the Night” bonuses at the UFC), where he really shines is in the wrestling section. The Dagestani grappler could easily end up controlling the struggle if the majority is spent in the clinch or around the mat.
The only kryptonite I watch for Akhmedov is his gas tank. Can he hit a cardio wall like he did in consecutive knockout losses to Sergio Moraes and Elizeu Zaleski? In both of those losses, Akhmedov started strong but faded badly in the subsequent rounds.
He followed up those losses with two hard-working decision wins over Kyle Noke and Abdul Razak Alhassan, the latter an upset at UFC Fight Night 109. Right now I am leaning towards”The Wolverine’s” hard palms and wrestling acumen for another potentially rewarding upset.
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