Join us as we preview a hot UFC prospect from this week’s UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev MMA event.
Read on for our complete UFC 280 betting guide, taking a first look at our hottest prospect of the week, Sean Brady, and his opponent, Belal Muhammad.
- Pro MMA Record: (15-0-0) (3 KO, 4 submissions, 8 decisions)
Following a 10-0-win streak and a Cage Fury FC title reign, the UFC brass could no longer ignore the potential greatness of Philadelphia’s own Sean Brady.
Now, 15-0, with a 5-0 promotional record for the UFC, Brady has climbed into the 170lb top-ten rankings and is a handful of significant victories shy of placing himself into the title picture.
Skills and Preparation
Brady, 29, born and raised in Burholme, Philadelphia, found a love for martial arts at Semper Fi MMA gym, where he began Muay Thai training before expanding his skillset into the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Since moving and honing his skills at Renzo Gracie Philly, he’s reached a black belt level in BJJ. He has combined a strong wrestling skillset to make his overall grappling presence a dominant path to victory inside the octagon.
I believe we’re yet to see the best of Brady, who’s been tipped as a potential title contender of the future since his arrival on the big stage.
Not only does he present knockout power in his hands, but his effortless transitions when wrestling/grappling make him a complete fighter that will cause problems for most of the welterweight division.
Sean Brady vs. Belal Muhammad
UFC 280 Welterweight Bout
Saturday, October 22, 2022 – 10:00 AM EDT at Etihad Arena
Brady vs. Muhammad: Fight Analysis
Brady has a fluidity on the mat like no other, and his ability to control his opponents while they’re grounded would have you believe he wrestled in school.
But the facts remain, his wealth of knowledge in the grappling realm was garnered through the gyms in Philadelphia, where he’s notably reached a level to compete amongst the UFC’s welterweight elite.
Aside from grappling, Brady has shown to be precise with his boxing, and Muay Thai leg strikes.
He isn’t one-dimensional by any means and can notably blend grappling and striking to cause his opponents a plethora of worries inside the cage. To add, his cardio is non-stop, and his decision-making has shown a high IQ.
Brady vs. Muhammad: Betting Picks and Odds
We have to give Belal Muhammad (21-3-0) respect for reaching a welterweight ranking of #4, but I believe he’s received the right fights at the right time.
Wins over an aging Demian Maia and a Stephen Thompson at the back end of his career have gifted Belal with the position he’s in.
And now, he’s going to be faced with a young and hungry opponent in Brady, who isn’t going to let off the gas to hand him another decision victory.
The UFC 280 betting odds at the top-rated sportsbooks have placed Brady as a slight betting favorite (-130), but I expected at least -200 on the Philly representative.
Grappling, Leg Takedowns, and Defense
Belal abused the lack of grappling defense that Vicente Luque presented, and he’s shown a remarkable ability to grapple against the cage and frustrate the opposition.
However, Brady will own a striking advantage and will undoubtedly be the stronger grappler of the two.
More interestingly, Belal defends single-leg takedowns easily, but Brady utilizes double-leg takedowns and shouldn’t struggle to drag this fight to the ground and maintain top position.
Brady will struggle against a formidable striker with excellent takedown defense, but Belal isn’t that guy.
UFC 280 Main Card and Odds
- Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev [UFC lightweight championship bout]
- Aljamain Sterling vs. T.J Dillashaw [UFC bantamweight co-main championship bout]
- Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley [UFC bantamweight bout]
- Beneil Dariush vs. Mateusz Gamrot [UFC light lightweight bout]
- Katlyn Chookagian vs. Manon Fiorot [UFC women’s flyweight bout]
UFC 280 Preliminary Card and Odds
- Belal Muhammad vs. Sean Brady [UFC welterweight bout]
- Makhmud Muradov vs. Caio Borralho [middleweight bout]
- Volkan Oezdemir vs. Nikita Krylov [UFC light heavyweight bout]
- Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Lucas Almeida [UFC featherweight bout]
- Magomed Mustafaev vs. Yamato Nishikawa [UFC lightweight bout]
- Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev [UFC welterweight bout]
- Armen Petrosyan vs. AJ Dobson [UFC middleweight bout]
- Muhammad Mokaev vs. Malcolm Gordon [UFC flyweight bout]
- Karol Rosa vs. Lina Lansberg [UFC women’s bantamweight bout]
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