UFC 258 Predictions and Betting Tips Part 1

26 January 2021
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Chris Weidman

The Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) is back in Vegas for a highly anticipated UFC pay per view. Read on for our early MMA betting odds and free UFC predictions for UFC 258: Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns at the UFC Apex Centre in Las Vegas.

Chris Weidman vs. Uriah Hall

UFC Middleweight Bout

UFC 258 takes place on Saturday, February the 13th, live from the Apex Centre in Las Vegas only on ESPN

Chris Weidman

Age: 36

Nationality: USA

Record: 15-5-0

Height: 6ft 2"

Reach: 78"

Gym: Longo & Weidman MMA

Notable Gym Members: Merab Dvalishvili, Al Iaquinta & Aljamain Sterling

Current Streak: 1 win

Wins by KO/TKO: 6

Wins by Submission: 4

Decision wins: 5

When your favourite MMA analyst resights "wrestling is the best base for MMA", of course, they have stolen that term from an actual MMA coach, but they are not lying. And 'The All American' Chris Weidman is a great example.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman has been through the wars, but his wrestling background has helped avoid dangerous situations. But a series of knockout losses have caused some concern, and the good news is that all these opponents had a robust grappling base themselves.

A 1-5 losing streak between 2015-2019 set the former Champion back outside of the top-ten rankings, but a raised hand over #9 ranked Uriah Hall would assist a comeback run for the New York resident.

Uriah Hall

Age: 36

Nationality: USA

Record: 16-9-0

Height: 6ft"

Reach: 79.5"

Gym: Fortis MMA

Notable Gym Members: Ryan Spann, Carlos Ferreira & Geoff Neal

Current Streak: 3 wins

Wins by KO/TKO: 11

Wins by Submission: 2

Decision wins: 3

One of the original Ultimate Fighter standouts, Uriah Hall first burst onto the scene with his viral sensation spinning-kick knockout. Sixteen fights later, Hall is now viewed as a UFC veteran, and the seven knockout victories inside a UFC octagon will back that up.

A kickboxer at heart, Hall will rarely attempt to grapple during his contests and will always prefer to exchange in a striking battle with the opposition.

Fight Prediction

A rematch eleven years in the making, the apparent threat for Weidman will be the offensive striking output that Hall offers, but something tells me Weidman can make it more complicated than it sounds.

Expect some old-school grappling efforts from the former champ, I highly-doubt the game plan involves exchanging strikes with the knockout artist in Hall. Yes, Weidman knocked out Hall eleven years ago (Ring of Combat 31), but times have changed, and I would not expect a mature, less durable version of Weidman to test his luck.

UFC 258 Free Betting Pick: Chris Weidman to win at 2.20 (+120) with PaddyPower (visit our PaddyPower Review)

Julian Marquez vs. Maki Pitolo

UFC Middleweight Bout

UFC 258 takes place on Saturday, February the 13th, live from the Apex Centre in Las Vegas only on ESPN

Julian Marquez

Age: 30

Nationality: USA

Record: 7-2-0 (1-1-0 UFC)

Height: 6ft 2"

Reach: 75"

Gym: Glory MMA & Fitness

Notable Gym Members: N/A

Current Streak: 1 loss

Wins by KO/TKO: 6

Wins by Submission: 1

Decision wins: 0

It's been two long years since we have seen Julian Marquez inside the octagon, but UFC 258 will see the return of a once highly touted prospect.

Marquez was side-lined due to a devastating injury that occurred during his bout versus Alessio Di Chirico. Still, the toughness of Marquez prevailed because he fought to a split decision loss.

A slick Jiu-Jitsu offence and some heavy hands can be found in the highlight reels of Marquez.

Maki Pitolo

Age: 27

Nationality: USA

Record: 13-7-0 (1-3-0 UFC)

Height: 5ft 10"

Reach: 75"

Gym: Xtreme Couture

Notable Gym Members: Francis Ngannou, Joseph Benavidez & Justin Gaethje

Current Streak: 2 losses

Wins by KO/TKO: 7

Wins by Submission: 3

Decision wins: 3

'Coconut Bombs' should give you a hint on Maki Pitolo's primary weapon, making him a dangerous man to stand and bang with.

A 'Dana White Contender Series' Alumni, Pitolo has suffered at the hands of higher-level opposition and could be looking at an exit from the company with another loss.

Fight Prediction

Although I can't entirely agree with Marquez's betting line and yes, he's not been an active fighter, but Marquez's diverse skill set gives me confidence that he can avoid the easy-to-read boxing offence of Pitolo.

UFC 258 Free Betting Pick: Julian Marquez at 1.53 [-189] with Bet365 (visit our Bet365 Review)