Best Bets for UFC 219: Weekly Wagering Deep Dive

UFC 219 is set to take place this Saturday night (Dec. 30) in Las Vegas, Nevada, and let us just say that it does not scream“caliber“ like preceding end-of-year UFC cards.
Usually the UFC piles its final card of the year from top to bottom. Instead, in 2017, we get a main event between Holly Holm and Cris Cyborg. Though it has the capability to become a great fight, it doesn’t necessarily scream“buy this pay-per-view!“
Additionally, this is a very hard card to wager on since there aren’t lots of fights that it is possible to get a strong read on. Many of the favorites, like Cyborg and Khabib Nurmagomedov, deserve to become overwhelming favorites, yet might also readily get merked by their opponents. Danger lurks.
Nevertheless, we must generate some plays. So let’s do the best we can to come across a few golden underdogs, some worthy props, along with a lucrative parlay. Additionally checking out my Best Bets for UFC Futures from last week, in which I proposed a couple of’dogs (Carla Esparza and Neil Magny) who still hold some value.
Golden Underdogs
Middleweight: Marvin Vettori (-222) vs. Omari Akhmedov (+187)
At first glance, this moneyline at BetOnline seems perfectly okay, but when you have a better look at this preliminary matchup, it is possible to find some strong reasons to take the dog in Omari“The Wolverine“ Akhmedov (17-4).
Even though Marvin Vettori (12-3) is a larger fighter who loves to throw , averaging 3.13 significant strikes landed per moment, he doesn’t have enough power to take Akhmedov out through (T)KO, therefore this fight could end up being a grappling affair. While Akhmedov has shown in the past he has some power in his own hands (seven wins by knockout and two“Fight of the Night“ bonuses in the UFC), in which he excels is in the wrestling department. The Dagestani grappler could easily wind up controlling the fight if the bulk is spent in the clinch or around the mat.
The kryptonite that I watch for Akhmedov is that his gasoline tank. Will he hit a cardio wall like he did in successive knockout losses to Sergio Moraes and Elizeu Zaleski? In both of those declines, Akhmedov started strong but faded badly in the subsequent rounds.
He followed those declines with two hard-working conclusion wins Kyle Noke and Abdul Razak Alhassan, the latter an upset at UFC Fight Night 109. At the moment I’m leaning towards“The Wolverine’s“ hard palms and wrestling acumen for a second possibly rewarding upset.

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