Best Bets for UFC 219: Weekly Wagering Deep Dive

UFC 219 is set to occur this Saturday night (Dec. 30) in Las Vegas, Nevada, and let’s just say it does not scream“caliber“ like previous end-of-year UFC cards.
The UFC piles its card of this year from top to base. In 2017, we get a major event between Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm. Though it has the potential to be a great fight, it doesn’t necessarily scream“purchase this pay-per-view!“
Additionally, this is a very hard card to bet on as there are not a lot of fights which it is possible to find a powerful read on. Many of the favorites, like Cyborg and Khabib Nurmagomedov, deserve to become overpowering favorites, yet might also readily get merked by their competitions. Danger lurks.
That said, we need to generate some plays. So let us do the best we can to come across some golden underdogs, a few worthy props, along with a rewarding softball. Also checking out my Best Bets for UFC Futures from last week, where I suggested a few’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 in BetOnline seems perfectly okay, but when you have a closer look at this preliminary matchup, you can get some strong reasons to select the dog in Omari“The Wolverine“ Akhmedov (17-4).
Although Marvin Vettori (12-3) is a larger fighter that loves to throw , averaging 3.13 significant strikes landed per moment, he does not possess enough power to take Akhmedov out via (T)KO, therefore this fight might end up being a grappling event. While Akhmedov has revealed previously he has some power in his hands (seven wins by knockout and also two“Battle of the Night“ bonuses in the UFC), where he excels is in the wrestling department. The Dagestani grappler may easily end up controlling the fight if the majority is invested at the clinch or on the mat.
The kryptonite that I see for Akhmedov is his gasoline tank. Will he strike a cardio wall just like he did in successive knockout losses to Sergio Moraes and Elizeu Zaleski? In both of those losses, Akhmedov started strong but faded badly in the subsequent rounds.
He followed those declines with two hard-working decision wins over Kyle Noke and Abdul Razak Alhassan, the latter an upset at UFC Fight Night 109. At the moment I am leaning towards“The Wolverine’s“ hard palms and wrestling acumen for another possibly rewarding upset.

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