The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Las Vegas for an eventful night of mixed martial arts combat. The fight odds are now available for us to delve into some perfect parlay betting picks for UFC 266 – headlined by a featherweight championship bout between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega live on ESPN.
Marlon Moraes vs. Merab Dvalishvili
UFC Bantamweight Bout
Saturday, September 25, 2021 – 10:05 PM EDT at T-Mobile Arena
In recent years, Georgian native Merab Dvalishvili has been powering through the UFC bantamweight rankings, currently boasting a 6-fight win streak. A strong background in sambo wrestling and judo becomes evident once he steps into the cage, as the opposition rarely has an answer for his takedown offense.
Marlon Moraes entered the UFC and was pitted against the division's elite; this equated to a rapid rise in the rankings. He was gifted a title opportunity after a 4-fight streak over John Dodson, the current bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling, Jimmie Rivera, and Raphael Assuncao.
However, since losing to Henry Cejudo, he's taken a decline in winning results and could be heading towards his third straight loss this weekend in Vegas.
The Perfect Parlay Pick
The available UFC odds with Bookmaker Review favor Merab Dvalishvili because an elite wrestling style could well be the kryptonite of Marlon Moraes. Moraes has often shown a tendency to slow down whenever he surpasses the initial five minutes of his bouts, and now he'll face a grappler with non-stop pressure who owns commendable cardio.
I anticipate that round 1 will be dangerous for Merab, like most first rounds are for Moraes' opponents. With that said, relying on martial artists with a suffering cardiovascular when they're facing elite-level wrestlers is a no-no, and I anticipate the Georgian will continue his impressive win streak.
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chris Daukaus
UFC Heavyweight Bout
Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 09:05 PM EDT at T-Mobile Arena
Chris Daukaus (11-3-0) has been untouchable since joining the UFC; a 3-fight win streak with knockout or technical knockouts within the first round is a reminder that a new generation of heavyweight fighters has arrived.
Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-5-0) has been competing in the UFC for a lengthy time, but significant losses and two years away from the cage have dropped his current ranking. He'll undoubtedly own the experience advantage this weekend, but he'll be faced with a young buck on a mission.
Perfect Parlay Prediction: Chris Daukaus to win at -200 with YouWager
Perfect Parlay Prediction
The path to victory for Shamil is to eradicate the striking offense of Daukaus, tie-up, grapple, and turn this fight into a grinding war. However, that is easier said than done.
Daukaus possesses striking speed that's unfamiliar with most heavyweights. Although Shamil will be his toughest test to date, the Russian's two-year layoff isn't going to an easy return against one of the new breeds in MMA.
The UFC 266 Perfect Parlay
- Merab Dvalishvili [-250]
- Chris Daukaus [-200]
Parlay Odds: +110 [2.10] with YouWager [1u returns 1.10u of profit]
UFC 266 Main Card
- Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega [UFC featherweight championship main event bout]
- Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy [UFC women's flyweight title co-main event bout]
- Robbie Lawler vs. Nick Diaz [UFC middleweight bout]
- Curtis Blaydes vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik [UFC heavyweight bout]
- Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo [UFC women's flyweight bout
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