The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Las Vegas, Nevada, for a highly stacked UFC pay-per-view event.
The UFC fight odds are now available for us to delve into some perfect prop betting picks for UFC 272 – headlined by a welterweight championship rematch between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal.
Kevin Holland vs. Alex Oliveira
UFC Welterweight Main Card Bout
Saturday, March 05, 2022 – 10:05 PM EST at T-Mobile Arena
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29-year-old Kevin "Trailblazer" Holland (21-7-1) has spent the previous three years attempting to make a name for himself amongst the UFC elite. And despite suffering numerous setbacks, you can't deny a level of hype that he's garnered along the way.
Most notable for his stoppage victory over Ronaldo Souza, Holland could not overcome the top-10 ranked skillsets of Derek Brunson and Marvin Vettori; however, a significant drop in competition could undoubtedly put him back on the map.
Alex "Cowboy" Oliveira (22-11-1) has fought at the highest level for the previous seven years, going through countless wars inside the UFC octagon. He's competed in a staggering 21 bouts since joining the promotion, putting a lot of cage time on his MMA tenure.
While experience is invaluable, Oliveira is riding a 3-fight losing streak in a struggle to contend with the new generation of MMA athletes.
Holland vs. Oliveira Fight Breakdown
The most notable downside to Holland's skillset has been his wrestling defense; unable to defend takedowns has cost him during his previous two bouts. However, outside of this flaw, he's shown the tenacity and power to compete with the best, finishing 4 of his 7 UFC victories inside the distance – 3 of which came from his last 4 wins.
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Holland is priced at -330 for a reason; the bookmakers notice the potential most MMA analysts are also aware of. Yet to reach his prime fighting years, Holland should breeze past the competition level of Oliveira, who isn't quite as dangerous as he once was.
UFC 272 Prediction and UFC Odds Analysis
The available UFC odds with Bookmakers Review present a distasteful moneyline price on Holland, but his inside-the-distance prop is close to even money.
Following two setbacks versus top-10 ranked opponents, I expect Holland to return with a vengeance and make quick work of the UFC veteran.
Marina Rodriguez vs. Xiaonan Yan
UFC Women's Strawweight Preliminary Bout
Saturday, March 05, 2022 - 10:05 PM EST at T-Mobile Arena
Marina Rodriguez (15-1-2) has made a statement since joining the UFC strawweight roster in 2019, winning 5 of his 6 bouts, with her only loss coming against the current number one contender Carla Esparza.
Rodriguez is predominantly a striker and has impressively defeated household names and top-ranked fighters like Tecia Torres, Amanda Ribas, Michelle Waterson, and Mackenzie Dern.
Xiaonan Yan (13-2-0) has also impressed during her tenure inside the UFC, winning 6 of her 7 contests thus far. And in a similar fashion to Rodriguez, her lone UFC loss came against the strawweight division's No.1 contender Carla Esparza.
Rodriguez vs. Yan Fight Breakdown
This is a highly well-matched fight, and I tip my hat to the UFC matchmakers. Two highly talented strikers who enjoy striking, the future of the division, and a fight that probably should've been positioned on the main card.
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Predicting the outcome isn't easy, but it's difficult to ignore Rodriguez and her beautiful muay thai striking offense as I expect the contest to play out on the feet. Neither fighter will want to grapple, but if the bout did find itself into this kind of exchange, we also have to side with Rodriguez, who has previously proved herself against challenging grapplers.
UFC 272 Prediction and UFC Odds Analysis
The available UFC odds at most online sports betting sites favor Rodriguez, but Yan's toughness and durability are trustworthy enough to expect this contest to reach the judge's scorecards.
Because of Yan's durability on the feet and the fact she's lost inside the distance just one during her career, Rodriguez to win by decision is a viable betting position to be in.
UFC 272 Prop Pick: Rodriguez to Win on Points (+100) [1u returns 1u profit] at BetOnline
UFC 272 Main Cards and Odds
- Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal [UFC Welterweight Main Event Bout]
- Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Renato Moicano [UFC Catchweight Co-Main Event Bout]
- Edson Barboza vs. Bryce Mitchell [UFC Featherweight Bout]
- Kevin Holland vs. Alex Oliveira [UFC Welterweight Bout]
- Sergey Spivak vs. Greg Hardy [UFC Heavyweight Bout]
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