UFC 276: Adesanya vs. Cannonier Best Bets

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Editor’s Note: Le felt extra pumped up for UFC 276 so she submitted a third pick, this last one for the Strickland vs. Pereira bout. Article updated on Saturday, July 2nd.

With two UFC championship titles on the line, UFC 276 is a card you do not want to miss.

The first title bout will consist of Alexander Volkanovski defending his title for the third time against Max Holloway. Headlining the card, Israel Adesanya will then defend his title against a mighty contender, Jared Cannonier. 

Throughout this entire card, there is a lot of hidden value. For this week, I’m keeping a close eye on:

Read below for my UFC 276 Best Bets

Robbie Lawler vs. Bryan Barberena 

UFC Welterweight Main Card Bout

Saturday, July 2, 2022 – 09:25 PM EDT at T-Mobile Arena

Robbie Lawler Analysis

Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler is an American mixed martial artist with a current professional record of 29 wins (21 T/KO, 1 Submission, 7 Decisions) and 15 losses (3 T/KO, 5 Submissions, 7 Decisions).

As given in his nickname, Robbie Lawler has been a ruthless veteran inside the UFC promotion. In his prime, Lawler was unstoppable with his striking. 72% of his victories have been knockouts. Now, at 40 years old, we have seen Lawler’s power deteriorate, but will he have enough power and accuracy against Barberena?

Bryan Barberena Analysis

Bryan “Bam Bam” Barberena is an American mixed martial artist with a current professional record of 17 wins (10 T/KO, 2 Submissions, 5 Decisions) and 8 losses (2 T/KO, 1 Submission, 5 Decisions). 

Bam Bam is another powerful striker that has struggled to have a consistent UFC career. He has been working on his accuracy, and also his ability to keep the fight standing. 

Lawler vs. Barberena Fight Odds 

The current UFC odds list the all-time veteran Lawler as the -121 favorite at the best sportsbooks and betting sites. Meanwhile, Barberena is the +101 underdog. 

The value with Barberena is fully there. Although he has not had a consistent footing inside the UFC, he has grown with his skills and also holds an advantage with his age. 

Lawler vs. Barberena Betting Prediction

As mentioned above, Lawler’s age is a factor that worries me in this matchup. In his prime, Lawler would have been able to stop any opponent in front of him. Now, he is 2-5 in his last 7 bouts and is inching closer toward retirement. 

Barberena should be able to control the pace of this fight making this a technical bout until the cards. In that case, I will side with the younger, sharper striker in Barberena.

UFC Pick: Bryan Barberena ML (+101) at BetOnline (Visit our BetOnline Review)


Sean Strickland vs. Alex Pereira

UFC Middleweight Main Card Bout

Saturday, July 02, 2022 – 10:35 PM EDT at T-Mobile Arena

Strickland vs. Pereira Betting Preview

We have two very talented strikers in this matchup, and at your top-rated sportsbooks, they are evenly priced with UFC odds at -110 across the board.

Getting Strickland at dog or even value with Pereira is a steal, in my opinion. Both fighters are vicious in their own ways, and pack a hefty punch that can end a fight early.

Four out of five of Pereira’s victories have been by T/KO, and I fully expect him to be on the hunt for Strickland’s head. However, Strickland’s durability is impressive. Not only is Strickland durable, he is incredibly powerful as well.

Strickland vs. Pereira Best Bet

The difference between him and Pereira you ask? Strickland’s cardio. Watching Pereira keep pace with Strickland should be interesting, plus I have yet to see Pereira compete against someone at Strickland's experience and level.

Strickland is a killer and should be able to keep the pace of this fight.

UFC Pick: Sean Strickland ML (-110) at BetOnline


Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway III

UFC Featherweight co-main Event Bout

Saturday, July 2, 2022 - 10:00 PM EDT at the T-Mobile Arena

Alexander Volkanovski Analysis

Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski is an Australian mixed martial artist with a current professional record of 24 wins (12 T/KO, 3 Submissions, 9 Decisions) and 1 loss (1 T/KO). 

With a background in Greco-Roman wrestling and BJJ, Volkanovski is an exceptionally sharp boxer and kickboxer. As seen in his previous bouts against Holloway, Volkanovski will be able to win a technical bout. 

Max Holloway Analysis

Max “Blessed” Holloway is an American mixed martial artist with a current professional record of 23 wins (10 T/KO, 2 Submissions, 11 Decisions) and 6 losses (1 Submission, 5 Decisions). 

Holloway is a heavy-hitting puncher that has fallen short against Volkanovski in two previous bouts, both by decision. 

Volkanovski vs. Holloway III Fight Odds

The defending champion is favored once again by the oddsmakers at -195, and Holloway is the underdog at +170.

These odds make complete sense since this is their third time meeting inside the octagon and Volk has the upperhand with two victories. 

Volkanovski vs. Holloway III Betting Prediction

Although it’s hard for me to fade Holloway, it’s even harder for me to fade Volkanovski. The Great has two victories over Holloway and I see him closing off this trilogy with another victory Saturday night

In their last outing, there were some visible improvements on Holloway’s end. But surprisingly, also on Volkanoski’s end. The Great implements more leg kicks into his boxing. 

His speed is another factor that's hard to beat. The champion is able to cut angles and land more technical strikes. Holloway is one of the best strikers in the division that should be able to keep up with the pace of the champion. 

I will give the edge once again to the champion. His speed, agility, power, strong wrestling skills, and overall fight IQ will assist him in another victory. And since both fighters have great cardio and durability, I see this fight ending at the scorecards.

UFC Pick: Alexander Volkanovski by Points (+105) at BetOnline 

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