UFC 251 will be the first UFC event to be held at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. The event will be headlined with the Jorge Masvidal vs Kamaru Usman main event.
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Quick picks for UFC 251:
Over the past few years, I’ve honed-in my UFC betting quite a bit. Style matchups really play a factor, but you can’t ignore the current form, as it is often overlooked. On this card, there are two fights I really like.
The first is the main event, Kamaru Usman (-235) vs Jorge Masvidal (+190). I like the prop bet here of Usman via decision. Though Usman has power, his wrestling background is his bread and butter. Usman typically ends his fights via decision and Jorge Masvidal hasn’t lost a fight by Knockout or submission since 2009.
He has lost nine times over that span, all via decision, so I love Usman via decision here at +140. I do see a scenario where Usman controls the fight and avoids the big hits from Masvidal, and that forces Masvidal to take chances late and expose himself. It’s possible this could happen, but I feel much safer about Usman winning via decision, given the potency Masvidal has.
The round line here is 4.5, so the expectation is that the fight will be a lengthy one. I like the value of Usman by decision, given that round line.
The second fight I like is Muslim Salikhov (-134) vs Elizeu dos Santos (+108). Both fighters are knockout fighters with 63% of dos Santos’ wins coming via knockout and 75% of Salikhov’s wins coming via knockout.
The value play here is taking the favorite with a decision via knockout or even taking the underdog via knockout. In his last loss, dos Santos lost via TKO to Li Jingliang. Though he doesn’t have much history losing via knockout, the loss has prompted many to be more apprehensive about his hopes at breaking into the top 20 in Welterweight.
It’s all about the value here, and with both fighters having such comparable styles, a knockout scenario appears likely. You can take dos Santos at +280 or Salikhov at +175 to win by knockout. For what’s essentially a coin flip of a fight, it’s nice to get such favorable odds when you can lean on a probable outcome. Either way, you’re getting good value here.