UFC 253 comes packed with fireworks from both inside the octagon and the betting lines as middleweight king Israel Adesanya settles his grudge with the unbeaten destroyer, Paulo Costa. Both fighters are explosive strikers and with ill will all but guaranteeing heated exchanges. Co-headlining are red-hot fighters Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz facing off for the vacant light heavyweight title. Let's break down these fights and see which bets we can cash.
UFC 248 Picks: Bank on Adesanya to defend gold against Romero
Precision meets power at reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya takes on Yoel Romero as UFC 248 predictions line the champ as the favourite. Here are their odds:
- Israel Adesanya - 1.36
- Yoel Romero - 3.15
But nobody is underestimating Romero, who has come from out of nowhere to knock favourites out. Don't let betting odds fool you, this fight is a lot closer than it looks although Adesanya should still emerge victoriously.
UFC 248 odds: betting stats
- Four of Adesanya's last six fights have gone to decision
- Romero has lost three of his last four fights
- Main event UFC fighters who open as favourites are 3-2 in 2020
- Romero is 3-1 when opening as an underdog
- Six of Romero's seven finishes happened in the third round
Let's look at the UFC 248 picks.
UFC 248 Predictions: why Adesanya is worth the gold
Adesanya may be proving "haters" wrong, but oddsmakers have been there with him from the start. When he violently took the belt from fan favourite Robert Whittaker, he was only a slight underdog. And he's usually opened as a favourite.
Romero has been an underdog king himself, usually winning as an underdog. But he's dropped three of his last four fights although two came against Whittaker with most pundits believing he won the second fight. Now's another chance for him to capture gold.
As far as styles go, this is "striker versus grappler". Adesanya is the striker and with his incredible reach, fluid movement, and high fight IQ, he's able to outstrike opponents with ease. Romero is less calculated than Adesanya but is powerful and explosive.
Adesanya should use his long reach to tag Romero repeatedly. His takedown defence is solid enough to keep Romero from much success in that department. At some point, he should put away the Cuban. Romero can only take so many strikes.
Romero's best shot is if he catches Adesanya, maybe in the third as he usually does, otherwise, he's in for a rough night.
Never count out Romero, although Adesanya has "got this".
UFC 248 Picks: prop bets and parlays to consider
The fight doesn't go to decision - 1.54
Whether Adesanya eventually finishes Romero or Romero pulls out another third-round KO is anyone's guess. What is likely is one of the two men will go down swinging. Romero is explosive in any round and Adesanya, though more calculated than aggressive, can put anyone away with the right timing.
Romero wins inside distance - 3.60
Will we see "third round Romero?" Most of his finishes have come in the third, so when this prop drops, bet it! Romero is an underdog because his best chance of winning is to hurt Adesanya and finish him, something nobody has done. But don't underestimate this Cuban destroyer!
Parlay: Jedrzejczyk (2.20), Magny (2.45) to win - 5.39
Bet each fighter individually as they are live underdogs and throw a little bit on this parlay for massive winnings. Jedrzejczyk is the more complex striker and will outpoint Zhang while Magny is just more skilled than Li, who has consistently lost to higher-level competition.
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