The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Las Vegas for a highly stacked Fight Night event on Saturday evening.
The UFC fight odds are now available for us to delve into some perfect prop betting picks for UFC Fight Night – headlined with a light heavyweight contenders’ bout between Thiago Santos and Jamahal Hill.
Terrance McKinney vs. Erick Gonzalez
UFC Lightweight Preliminary Card Bout
Saturday, August 06, 2022 – 08:45 PM EDT at UFC Apex
As an MMA professional of just five years, Terrance McKinney (12-4-0) is representing the new generation of UFC lightweight competitors, and it’s been a delight to follow his career thus far.
From his twelve professional successes – including two UFC victories – “T-Wrecks” has finished all of those opponents inside the distance via knockout or submission. The Chicago-born fighter isn’t just a mixed martial artist; he’s an entertainer with a bright future ahead of him.
Erick Gonzalez (14-6-0) was rudely welcomed to the UFC lightweight roster in October 2021, as the veteran skills of Jim Miller delivered a knockout loss to the 30-year-old newcomer.
Before this loss, Gonzalez had proved himself a durable competitor on the MMA regional scene, having avoided a knockout loss in nineteen pro bouts.
McKinney vs. Gonzalez: Fight Breakdown
Despite Gonzalez’ showing a solid chin during his MMA regional stint, receiving a knockout loss to Jim Miller isn’t a positive beginning to reflect his chances at fighting the most elite opponents on the planet.
McKinney is the second-biggest betting favorite on the UFC Vegas 59 fight card, and we must respect this position as the bookmakers are already preparing for the inevitable.
Speed, power, and redemption are going to favor the burning desire that McKinney has shown during his three-fight run for the UFC, and he’s been chomping at the bit to get back in the cage since losing to Drew Dober.
McKinney vs. Gonzalez: Betting Odds and Prediction
The available UFC odds with Bookmaker Review steer us on to the McKinney moneyline for our UFC pick, and even the round 1 prop provides juice.
However, I expect the punching speed of McKinney to dictate this fight, and although a submission stoppage is also likely, I believe the hands of “T-Wrecks” will be enough to cause a referee stoppage.
Michal Oleksiejczuk vs. Sam Alvey
UFC Heavyweight Main Card Bout
Saturday, August 06, 2022 - 09:10 PM EDT at UFC Apex
Michal Oleksiejczuk (16-4-0) returns to the octagon following a decision loss to Dustin Jacoby.
As the 27-year-old is yet to reach his prime fighting years, his conquest to climb into the top-ranked light heavyweight rankings remains a viable outcome.
Sam Alvey (33-17-1) is a UFC veteran riding one of the worst losing streaks in the promotion’s history.
Somehow, Alvey has managed to keep himself under contract without a win since 2018. However, if “Smilin” Sam reaches an eight consecutive loss this Saturday evening, his time as a UFC roster member could reach its conclusion.
Oleksiejczuk vs. Alvey: Fight Breakdown
Alvey, 36, has been through countless wars since competing in the UFC for the previous eight years. He’s been able to win striking and grappling exchanges in the past.
Still, the recent opposition he’s faced and lost to have all owned a similar set of attributes – a new generation of youth with a significant speed advantage.
Oleksiejczuk owns a vicious level of power in his fists, and it’s almost guaranteed that he’ll join fellow new faces of the UFC (Brendan Allen, Wellington Turman, Julian Marquez, and Ryan Spann) in defeating the savvy veteran in Alvey.
Oleksiejczuk vs. Alvey: Odds Analysis & Prediction
The available UFC odds at the top-rated sportsbooks favor the Polish star as the most significant betting favorite on the UFC Vegas 59 fight card.
And as Sam Alvey boasts a 7-fight losing streak stemming back to 2018, this -700 moneyline price should come as no surprise.
With that said, we can find a great piece of value on the KO prop. Oleksiejczuk hasn’t utilized a grappling approach since joining the UFC, and I anticipate a striking battle will gift the Polish fighter a knockout victory in the first five minutes.
UFC Pick: Michal Oleksiejczuk by KO/TKO (-110) [1.10u returns 1u profit] at BetOnline
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UFC Vegas 59 Main Card
- Thiago Santos vs. Jamahal Hill [UFC light heavyweight main event bout]
- Vicente Luque vs. Geoff Neal [UFC welterweight co-main event bout]
- Zac Pauga vs. Mohammed Usman [UFC heavyweight TUF final]
- Juliana Miller vs. Brogan Walker [UFC women’s flyweight TUF final]
- Augusto Sakai vs. Sergey Spivak [UFC heavyweight bout]
- Ariane Lipski vs. Priscila Cachoeira [UFC women’s flyweight bout]