The UFC returns to California for the state’s first live event of 2022. Featherweight contenders will throw down in the evening’s co-main event, and we’re supplementing all your wagering needs.
Read on for our complete betting guide taking a first look at David Onama vs. Nate Landwehr, including the updated UFC odds and our free expert UFC Fight Night: Vera vs. Cruz betting picks, predictions and analysis.
David Onama vs. Nate Landwehr
UFC Featherweight Co-Main Event Bout
Saturday, August 13, 2022 – 06:25 PM EDT at Pechanga Arena
- Pro MMA Record: (10-1-0) (6 KOs, 4 submissions)
- Age: 28
- Height: 5'11"
- Reach: 74.0"
- Training Out Of: Glory MMA & Fitness
- Origin Fighting Style: MMA
Under the guidance of James Krause and the coaching staff at Glory MMA & Fitness, David Onama has now compiled two consecutive stoppage victories under the UFC banner following his debut loss to Mason Jones in 2021.
Onama, 28, was the first-ever Ugandan-born mixed martial artist to compete in the UFC, but the +325-price tag that oddsmakers labeled him with was utterly unjust.
Onama lost his UFC debut, but he unquestionably outperformed the bookmakers’ expectations when faced with a bright prospect in Jones.
Owning a diverse skillset on the feet and in submission attempting positions, we shouldn’t be surprised if Onama becomes a household name in the future. The support of Glory MMA & Fitness has provided an uptrend in his UFC career thus far, and with time – in the form of age – on his hands, the Ugandan star's ceiling is unlimited.
David Onama Best Available Odds: ML (-275) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)
- Pro MMA Record: (15-4-0) (8 KOs, 1 submission)
- Age: 34
- Height: 5'9"
- Reach: 70.5"
- Training Out Of: MMA Masters
- Origin Fighting Style: Wrestling
Speaking of household names, Nate Landwehr has gradually earned the respect of fight fans since making his UFC debut in 2020. A willingness to never give up and a level of heart infused into his bouts has made him a fan favorite, win or lose.
A 2-2 promotional record isn’t the most fearsome, and with two of those fights ending in knockout losses, I don’t blame the sportsbooks for positioning Onama as the betting favorite.
However, Landwehr’s wrestling background and his experience and success over the UFC veteran Darren Elkins are very telling. The American native has an endless gas tank and the grappling chops to cause an upset on Saturday evening.
Nate Landwehr Best Available Odds: ML (+250) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
Fight Breakdown and Analysis
Onama Fight Style: How Can Onama Beat Landwehr?
Onama presented an aggressive approach when fighting through the regional MMA scene, finishing seven of his eight pro victories inside the distance. The Ugandan can take the fight anywhere and succeed, but he's more accepting of a fight on the feet.
A probing jab with disguising power can often overwhelm the opposition, and despite a tendency to throw looping untechnical hooks, they have succeeded in finishing countless opponents in the past.
An area of concern for Onama would be his grappling defense, which was heavily exposed during his UFC debut. With that said, whenever he was taken down on the regional scene, he's been able to reverse position with the utilization of sweeps from the bottom guard while additionally posing a submission threat on occasions.
Landwehr Fight Style: How Can Landwehr Beat Onama?
One word: wrestling. Suppose Landwehr can initiate a grappling/wrestling gameplan, tire the arms, and drain the cardiovascular levels of Onama. In that case, he owns a great chance of defying the odds this weekend in San Diego.
Of course, he’ll first have to avoid the fight-ending power that Onama presents in the stand-up area, but as we’ve witnessed in his bouts versus the likes of Ľudovít Klein, Landwehr isn’t a stranger to causing an upset and walking out victorious.
UFC San Diego - David Onama vs. Nate Landwehr: Our Betting Pick
The available odds at the top-rated sportsbooks aren’t pretty, and although I believe Onama is the rightful betting favorite, -275 seems a little steep.
Betting the under 2.5 rounds is a faith play, where I expect the finishing ability of Onama to shine through.
Equally, Landwehr also owns a proven finishing ability, and if the wrestling game plan excels in this matchup, it’s a great cover instead of backing Onama with a KO/TKO prop.
UFC Pick: Under 2.5 Rounds (-125) [1.25u to win 1u] at BetOnline
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