One of the most anticipated fights of the summer is coming this weekend, and will be headlining the stacked UFC 292 event. Arguably the greeted bantamweight champion of all-time, Aljamain Sterling, will be looking to defend his belt once again, this time against rising superstar ‘Suga’ Sean O’Malley.
Outside of the main event, we have plenty of great matchups and exciting bouts to enjoy on Saturday night. Let’s take a look at a few and figure out the best bets to make to come away with money in our pockets.
Main Event – Sterling vs. O’Malley
The fight everyone is truly waiting for is Sterling vs. O’Malley. Sterling has a case for being the GOAT of the bantamweight division after defending his belt against the likes of Petr Yan, TJ Dillashaw, and Henry Cejudo. Before his title shot, he even choked out Cory Sandhagen in about 1 minute.
O’Malley has been in the spotlight ever since earning his UFC contract back in 2017 at Dana White’s Contender Series. Since then, all we’ve seen from him is improvement and spectacular performances inside the octagon. Those performances mixing with his personality and flair led to superstardom.
After breaking down this fight and the clash of the wrestler vs. striker styles, it’s tough to not go with Sterling to get his hand raised on Saturday night. He is going to be physically stronger, and he’s an expert at taking his opponent’s backs.
But you can not count O’Malley out. The “fans” of the sport on social media like to hate on him and not give him his flowers, but the kid has done nothing but improve and do awesome stuff inside the cage. He is fast, smart, and has great eyes that come along with impeccable timing and accuracy. There is more than a small chance he lands something clean on Sterling and finishes the fight at any moment.
To bang the book this weekend, think about taking O’Malley by TKO/KO at +250. The storyline, the situation… it all seems to add up. UFC 292 might be the night that the next big UFC superstar is born.
Other Key Fight Picks
The best part about UFC 292 is all the fights setting the table for the main event. On the prelims, you can see TUF alum Andre Petroski step up in competition and meet Gerald Meerschaert in the cage. Petroski is in his part of the country competing and will be fighting with a lot of pride. He is going to rag doll Meerschaert on the ground and submit him. (+175)
After that, we get to watch one of the most underrated fun fighters to see compete, Gregory’ RoboCop’ Rodrigues, go up against Dennis Tiuliulin. This is a must-see fight because the way Rodrigues hits people, it’s almost scary to see through the TV. Rodrigues winning by TKO/KO is a safe bet at +150.
To round up the prelims, future UFC Hall of Famer Chris Weidman is set to return from a gruesome leg break two years ago and fight a tough UFC veteran in Brad Tavares. This is a tough matchup for Weidman at this stage of his career, but it’s going to be special to see him make that walk, and hopefully, he puts on a good showing.
Lastly, the main card is full of awesome fights. From top bantamweights Chito Vera and Pedro Munhoz fighting for a potential title shot later this year to Neil Magny welcoming Ian Garry to the top 10 of the welterweight division.
The two LOCKS of the main card are Mario Bautista (-230) and Zhang Weili (-330 at BetOnline). Both of these two will have a great chance to finish this one inside the distance if you can find any good prop bets for the best payout.