The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Las Vegas for their final fight card of 2021. The UFC fight odds are now available to create our best bets for UFC in Vegas 45 which is headlined with a heavyweight contenders’ bout between Derrick Lewis and Chris Daukaus.
Raoni Barcelos vs. Victor Henry
UFC Bantamweight Bout
UFC Saturday, December 18, 2021 – 09:05 PM EST at Apex Center
- Professional MMA Record: 16-2-0
- Knockout Record: 8-0
- Submission Record: 2-1
- SIG Strikes Landed Per Minute: 5.39
- SIG Strike Accuracy: 57.30%
- Takedown Average: 1.79
- Takedown Accuracy: 56.25%
- Submission Average: 0.60
34-year-old Rio de Janeiro native Raoni Barcelos has made a significant impact since joining the UFC roster in 2018. A current 5-1 record for the promotion has delivered three stoppages inside the distance and relentless aggression to match.
I've stated before that the UFC's 135lb division is stacked with unlimited amounts of talent. When you witness Barcelos compete and realize he's only ranked #18, this statement becomes even more authentic.
- Professional MMA Record: 21-5-0
- Knockout Record: 6-0
- Submission Record: 8-0
- UFC Debut: No Statistics Recorded
Victor Henry is making his UFC debut on short notice versus a bantamweight menace in Barcelos. Still, it's a true testament to Henry's self-belief that he'd accept such a challenging introduction to the roster.
Henry has gained a wealth of experience outside of the UFC, with a notable win over Kyler Phillips, who already resides in the company.
Barcelos vs. Henry Fight Analysis and Betting Pick
Barcelos is this weekend's betting favorite, and rightfully so; however, the -300 price tag isn't giving Henry the credit he deserves. UFC debuts are difficult for the best of athletes, but competing against a top-20 ranked fighter will undoubtedly test the skill level of Henry.
I wouldn't be surprised if Henry managed to overcome the skills of Barcelos, but for our UFC best bet this week, I can't ignore the value on round betting.
Both martial artists are incredibly durable, and we're looking at plus money for the over 2½ rounds; it's a no-brainer situation when two tried and tested chins are going head-to-head.
Raquel Pennington vs. Macy Chiasson
UFC Women's Bantamweight Bout
UFC Saturday, December 18, 2021 – 08:05 PM EST at Apex Center
- Professional MMA Record: 12-9-0
- Knockout Record: 1-1
- Submission Record: 3-1
- SIG Strikes Landed Per Minute: 3.59
- SIG Strike Accuracy: 57.01%
- Takedown Average: 1.11
- Takedown Accuracy: 28.85%
- Submission Average: 0.67
Jessica Andrade, Holly Holm (x2), Amanda Nunes, and Germaine de Randamie - the losses on Raquel Pennington's record since 2014 are notably against former champions. She's a legit gatekeeper of the bantamweight division and has remained a top-10 competitor since the weight classes birth.
- Professional MMA Record: 8-1-0
- Knockout Record: 3-0
- Submission Record: 2-0
- SIG Strikes Landed Per Minute: 4.16
- SIG Strike Accuracy: 59.65%
- Takedown Average: 0.98
- Takedown Accuracy: 21.05%
- Submission Average: 0.49
The new era of women's MMA fighters is producing some serious talent, and the 5 feet 11-inch frame of Macy Chiasson is proving her worth amongst the UFC's finest.
A 5-1 record since arriving on the UFC bantamweight roster has now positioned Macy in the number 10 ranking position; a victory over the well-established Raquel Pennington will assist her race towards title contention.
Pennington vs. Chiasson Fight Analysis and Betting Pick
Despite owning a two-fight winning streak, I find it difficult to put stock in Pennington's career at this stage. Pennington's conscious thoughts must be aware that competing with the division's elite hasn't fared well, and I worry the fire in her belly could be fading.
Macy Chiasson is receiving a tremendous opportunity this weekend, and she has the tools to accomplish the task at hand. The significant reach advantage and Macy's ability to strike at range indeed contend with Pennington's boxing-focussed output.
UFC in Vegas 45 Pick: Macy Chiasson to Win (+150) [1u returns 1.5u] at BetOnline
UFC in Vegas 45 Main Card
- Derrick Lewis vs. Chris Daukaus [UFC heavyweight main event bout]
- Stephen Thompson vs. Belal Muhammad [UFC welterweight co-main event bout]
- Amanda Lemos vs. Angela Hill [UFC strawweight bout]
- Raphael Assuncao vs. Ricky Simon [UFC light featherweight bout]
- Diego Ferreira vs. Mateusz Gamrot [UFC lightweight bout]
- Darren Elkins vs. Cub Swanson [UFC featherweight bout]
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