UFC 297: Strickland vs du Plessis comes to Toronto for the first pay-per-view of the new year. There are twelve fights on the card with plenty of good spots. We’ve dug through them all to find out UFC 297 bets for you this weekend. Some of them have those juicy odds you are looking for. Others are a bit chalky. Regardless what you are looking for, come check out our UFC 297 picks.
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UFC 297: Strickland vs du Plessis – Predictions & Best Bets
Malcolm Gordon ML (-205) vs. Jimmy Flick
If you had gotten in on this line earlier in the week, it was as low as -130, but honestly I think there’s still value on this line. Jimmy Flick is only really known for his grappling. Gordon has solid grappling as evident by his moments in the Muhmmad Mokaev fight. As the much better striker and the much better wrestler, Gordon should be able to dictate the location for this fight and win easily.
Neil Magny vs Mike Malott – Fight Goes to Decision (+200)
As I outlined on this week’s MMA Gambling Podcast, I think Neil Magny is a live underdog in this fight. This fight is a huge step up for Malott and Magny has really only lost to some top contenders.
However, while that +300 line might be tempting for Magny, the fight goes to decision makes even more sense. Magny isn’t going to finish Malott. So playing this line is like buying Magny’s durability if he should lose for just +100.
Arnold Allen ML (+160) vs Movsar Evloev
Evloev is a fighter largely known for bulk takedowns and not being all that threatening with the finishes. Allen proved to be insanely tough in a recent bout with Max Holloway. I think Allen winds up being the much craftier fighter in this one and it’ll really come down to his takedown defense. While we haven’t seen him against very high level wrestlers, I do like what I have seen enough to get in on this number.
Yohan Lainesse ML (-145) vs Sam Patterson
Lainesse has had some issues with grappling in his brief UFC stint, but clearly has the hands to put a hurting on most guys in his division. The UFC paired him with the perfect dance partner. Patterson is a tall fighter who relies on that height heavily for his defense. The problem in this fight is that he doesn’t have much height or reach advantage on Lainesse. I think that makes this one prime for a Lainesse victory.
Lainesse by KO also warrants a look at +110.
Mayra Bueno Silva vs Raquel Pennington – Fight Goes to Decision (-105)
Getting Raquel Pennington to go to a decision at even money is a gift. The judges have rendered scorecards in six of her last seven fights. Some of this line might be due to the fact that Mayra Bueno Silva is expected to win. However, Pennington has only been finished twice in her career. The most recent was by Amanda Nunes, who is the greatest women’s fighter in history. The other was by Cat Zingano in a fight 12 years ago. I think her durability holds up here as well and the line is pretty nice.
Jasmine Jasudavicius – Wins via Decision (-115)
Jasudavicius is nearly a 4-to-1 favorite over Priscila Cachoeira this weekend, but you can cut those odds way down by taking her decision prop. All eight of her most recent fights have been decisions. She’s also never finished anyone in the UFC. Priscila Cachoeira may have been finished in her last two fights, but those fighters were far more submission-inclined than Jasudavicius.
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