The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the UFC Apex in Las Vegas for a highly anticipated fight night event.
This weekend’s UFC main event bout is headlined by women’s strawweight contenders Mackenzie Dern and Xiaonan Yan. Join us as we deliver the most carefully selected UFC parlay betting predictions.
Sodiq Yusuff vs. Don Shainis
UFC Vegas 61 Featherweight Main Card Bout
Saturday, October 01, 2022 – 09:05 PM EDT at UFC Apex
Yusuff vs. Shainis Betting Pick Analysis
Don Shainis (12-3-0) is making his UFC debut with one week’s notice versus a top-15 ranked competitor. There’s a reason why Shainis is the biggest underdog on the card, and to add more perspective, he was fighting a guy in Jay Ellis earlier this year who has a 16-104 professional MMA record.
The level of competition for Shainis has been low, and he will receive a rude welcome to the big leagues on Saturday night.
Nigeria’s own Sodiq Yusuff (12-2-0) underwent an entire training camp to compete against one of the featherweight division's most lethal kickboxers, Giga Chikadze.
However, a late cancellation has now gifted the No.14 ranked Yusuff with a level of competition he surpassed in 2017.
Yusuff vs. Shainis Betting Pick and Odds
Speed, power, cardio, and overall experience all favor Yusuff. Shainis can grapple to his credit, his top control is strong, and he’s dominated many of his opponents on the regional scene.
However, he hasn’t fought anybody close to the level of Yusuff, and he’ll struggle to find a takedown whatsoever.
The available UFC odds at the top-rated sportsbooks are unplayable. A -1100 moneyline on Yusuff is exaggerated, in my opinion.
With that said, we can find a more reasonable price on this fight ending inside the distance, a proposition with high probability considering how mismatched the bout is.
UFC Pick: Fight Goes the Distance/No (-300) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
Mike Davis vs. Viacheslav Borshchev
UFC Vegas 61 Lightweight Main Card Bout
Saturday, October 01, 2022 - 09:05 PM EDT at UFC Apex
Davis vs. Borshchev Betting Pick Analysis
Mike Davis (9-2-0) has proved himself as a solid mixed martial artist during a 7-year professional career.
Extraordinary power in his hands is nicely positioned alongside a strong offensive wrestling skillset and a patient approach inside the cage.
Critics were high on Viacheslav Borshchev (6-2-0) upon his arrival to the UFC, mainly because of the Russian’s finishing ability in the stand-up game.
The hype was matched when a vicious liver shot ended Dakota Bush in Borshchev’s debut, but the reality hit when Marc Diakiese out-wrestled the striker while revealing multiple red flags last time out.
Davis vs. Borshchev Betting Pick and Odds
Borshchev became comfortable with his stopping power before arriving in the UFC with a 4-fight knockout streak. His style is perfect for one-round fighters; excellent head movement and relentless footwork puts him in positions to find his power strikes.
However, as proved in the Diakiese bout, this approach isn’t cardio-friendly, and the potential wrestling threat of Davis is too substantial for us to ignore.
The available UFC odds with Bookmakers Review are remaining hesitant of Borshchev and his punching power, and we’re receiving a great piece of betting value on Davis.
They have, however, forgotten how Davis is also a heavy hitter, but the added wrestling threat makes him the rightful favorite and a great wager for this weekend's fight card.
UFC Pick: Davis to Win (-180) at BetOnline
The UFC Vegas 61 Punching Parlay
- Yusuff/Shainis: Fight Goes the Distance/No (-300)
- Davis vs. Borshchev: Mike Davis to Win (-180)
UFC Pick: Two-Legged Parlay (+107) [1u stake returns 1.07u profit] at BetOnline
UFC Vegas 61 Main Card and Odds
- Mackenzie Dern vs. Xiaonan Yan [UFC women’s strawweight main event bout]
- Randy Brown vs. Francisco Trinaldo [UFC welterweight co-main event bout]
- Raoni Barcelos vs. Trevin Jones [UFC bantamweight bout]
- Sodiq Yusuff vs. Don Shainis [UFC featherweight bout]
- John Castaneda vs. Daniel Santos [UFC bantamweight bout]
- Mike Davis vs. Viacheslav Borshchev [UFC lightweight bout]
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