The UFC is back in Las Vegas and heading to the Apex for a UFC Fight Night. We’re not going to get the names or stars from last weekend, but we should still get a handful of intriguing fights with some possible betting opportunities. Let’s look at three spots where we can cash in. All odds provided by BetAnySports.
Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev
Odds At BAS: Fiziev -225
We will finally be treated to the fight between Rafael Dos Anjos and Rafael Fiziev. These two were supposed to square off back in February but it had to be pushed back. Dos Anjos didn’t let the delay in this fight stop him from competing. He took on Renato Moicano in his last fight and got a unanimous decision victory. It was his second straight win since missing 16 months due to multiple injuries. He looks ready to go against Fiziev, a competitor that was forced out of that previous fight in February. He’s won five straight fights since dropping his promotional debut in a stunning 86 seconds.
Dos Anjos has been around a lot longer than Fiziev but the latter seems like he’s more on the rise. Fiziev is going to be the more popular choice but it feels like there’s some value with Dos Anjos at this price.
Pick: Dos Anjos
Caio Borralho vs. Armen Petrosyan
Odds At BAS: Borralho -210
Caio Borralho and Armen Petrosyan have the potential to be the most exciting fight of the night. Borralho got a couple of wins in the Contender Series, which got the UFC’s eye on him. After a couple of canceled bouts, he got back into the Octagon in April and picked up a dominant win over Gadzhi Omargadzhiev.
Petrosyan won his last three fights including a decision victory and an easy takedown of Julian Marquez just one month ago. He’s also picked up a 7-1 career record heading into this competition and some believe he’s the best middleweight from Dana White’s Contender Series graduating class. These two fighters look to show the world what they can do here. Again, it feels like there’s value with the dog as this is more of a toss-up than the odds suggest.
Douglas Silva vs. Said Nurmagomedov
Odds At BAS: Nurmagomedov -270
Douglas Silva is a 37-year-old fighter who looks to still have plenty in the tank. He recently fought at UFC 271 and choked out Sergey Morozov. That was a fight that saw him rally back from a rough opening round to eventually win in the second. It marked back-to-back wins for Silva as he moves back into the bantamweight division. Silva has also accumulated a 6-4 overall record in his last 10 fights, though all of his losses have come against strong competitors.
As for his opponent in this particular fight, Said Nurmagomedov, he’s only fought once in over a year. That one fight came back in January when he took on Cody Stamann. If there were any concerns about his rust after missing that much time, those worries were quickly put to rest. Nurmagomedov submitted Stamann in just 47 seconds.
While he carries the same last name as the untouchable Khabib, he is not related. However, he has been impressive in the UFC to an extent as he finished opponents in each of his last three fights.
Silva and Nurmagomedov are two fights with different styles as Silva has registered 20 of his 28 wins via knockout while Nurmagomedov is far more balanced with four wins via knockout, four via decision and four via submission. If Nurmagomedov can get Silva down to the ground, this should be an easy win for him.
Pick: Nurmagomedov via submission