The UFC is back at the Apex Centre for another stacked UFC Fight Night event. Two of the UFC’s up-and-coming lightweight contenders will go to battle in the co-main event. Read on for our complete betting guide taking a first look at Grant Dawson and Ricky Glenn, including updated UFC odds and our free expert UFC betting picks.
Grant Dawson vs. Ricky Glenn
UFC Lightweight Co-Main Event Bout
Saturday, October 23, 2021 – 3:00 PM EDT at UFC Apex Center
Grant “KGD” Dawson
- Pro MMA Record: (17-1-0) (4 KOs, 11 Submissions)
- Age: 27
- Height: 5'10"
- Reach: 72.0"
- Training Out Of – Glory MMA & Fitness
- Origin Fighting Style: Collegiate Wrestling
The mean streak of Grant Dawson began long before his arrival into the Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon. Born and raised In Cambria, Wisconsin, Dawson’s initial love for martial arts combat started on the wrestling mats in high school. He was eventually finishing his schooling years with a 40-8 wrestling record.
One of the most intriguing aspects surrounding Grant Dawson’s professional MMA career is that the young 27-year-old prospect coached older UFC competitors before making his promotional debut in 2019.
Alongside the notable and well-respected James Krause, Dawson is highly regarded amongst his peers at Glory MMA & Fitness for his mixed martial arts success and his coaching ability.
With a single loss throughout his entire professional stint in MMA, Dawson stormed the UFC lightweight following an impressive round two rear-naked choke on Dana Whites Contender Series.
Since his arrival to the company, Dawson has amassed an impressive 5-0 record, which includes stoppage victories and a remarkable hammerfist-highlight-reel win over Leonardo Santos back in March of 2021 – who at the time, was undefeated (7-0) in his UFC career.
Grant Dawson MMA Accomplishments
⦁ UFC Performance of the Night (Two times) vs. Michael Trizano & Leonardo Santos
Ricky “The Gladiator” Glenn
- Pro MMA Record: (22-6-1) (2 Submissions)
- Age: 32
- Height: 6'0"
- Reach: 70.5"
- Training Out Of – Pura Vida BJJ/MMA
- Origin Fighting Style: Wrestling/Boxing
Much like his opponent this weekend, Ricky Glenn’s love for combat sport started on the wrestling mats. However, after one year of wrestling in high school, Glenn surrendered his training to begin boxing at the tender age of fourteen.
A tough background from humble beginnings drove Glenn’s passion, and a never-quit attitude was instilled.
From boxing to MMA, Glenn’s first amateur mixed martial arts bout was taken on short notice whilst he finished up a shift at a local Staples – and he’s never looked back since.
After a decorative amateur career with a record of 15-1-1, his professional record followed suit as he’s maintained a healthy pro record of 22-6-1.
Ricky Glenn MMA Accomplishments
⦁ WSOF (World Series of Fighting) Featherweight Champion (One time: former)
⦁ Midwest Cage Fight Featherweight Champion (One time: former)
How Can Dawson Win?
Grant Dawson’s activity and strong wrestling base should certainly favor him heading into the weekend co-main event.
What impresses me about Dawson is his in-octagon intelligence at such a young age. We’ve seen him get rocked from strikes in the past, which instantly triggered an instinct to utilize his well-refined wrestling offense.
In terms of striking, he isn’t too shabby with his fists either. With that said, I believe the wrestling discrepancy is too favorable on the side of Dawson, where I can envision him finding multiple takedowns with his single or double-leg efforts.
How Can Glenn Win?
I believe that Ricky Glenn has his back against the wall, but we’ve witnessed countless times that when you put a dog in the corner, they’ll bark even louder.
Glenn’s most viable chance to win this contest falls behind his power punching; he owns a beautiful lead jab that could undoubtedly set up a right-of-left hook power punch and catch his opponent off guard.
Betting Picks & UFC in Vegas 41 Odds
The UFC in Vegas 41 odds at Bookmakers Review opened with Grant Dawson as a heavy -400 favorite. The line has since taken a slight dip to -345, with some wagering action coming in on Glenn.
With that said, it’s hard to disagree with the oddsmakers opening odds; Dawson deserves to be the considerable favorite in a contest where he owns a more robust set of skills.
I predict Dawson will overcome Glenn, but taking out the veteran inside fifteen minutes could prove difficult.
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