UFC 289: Nunes vs. Aldana Betting Guide

UFC 289 Amanda Nunes vs. Irene Aldana Betting Guide. Returning to Vancouver, Canada, for the first time since 2019, UFC 289 takes place this Saturday. Below you will find the best bets for the main and co-main event. Starting with a women’s bantamweight title bout between Amanda Nunes (-315) vs. Irene Aldana (+260).

Amanda Nunes (-315) vs. Irene Aldana (+260)

The UFC 289 main event was supposed to be the third showdown between Amanda Nunes and Julianna Peña. Unfortunately, Peña had to withdraw, but Irene Aldana has taken her place.

In the first fight against Peña, Nunes appeared to be a shell of her former self. However, it’s not fair to judge her based on that performance. It’s understandable to lose motivation when you have been at the top for your entire career. Nevertheless, Nunes is still the greatest women’s athlete of all time. The loss to Peña clearly reignited her passion. 

Aldana’s defense and head movement are not her strong suits, as she absorbs approximately 6 significant strikes per minute. Additionally, she lacks a ground game and primarily relies on her aggressive striking abilities to win.

If Aldana chooses to stand and bang with Nunes, it won’t end well for her. Bet on Amanda Nunes by way of finish. 

Bet: Amanda Nunes

Charles Oliveira (+100) vs. Beneil Dariush (-120)

The highly-anticipated fight between Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush, originally set for 2020, is finally happening after three long years.

Some people think Oliveira will easily defeat Dariush via submission, but the path to victory is not simple. Even Mateusz Gamrot, who has better wrestling skills than Oliveira, struggled to take Dariush down. Dariush has excellent takedown defense, with a success rate of 80%, making him a tough opponent. 

Recency bias leads many people to label Dariush a boring fighter. Which is an insane take. When Oliveira loses, it’s always by way of finish. In his entire professional career, the only time he lost by decision was back in 2013. The world is about to remember the true power of Benny. Bet on Dariush by knockout in round 2. 

Bet: Beneil Dariush

Mike Malott (-205) vs. Adam Fugitt (+175)

Did you see that Canada’s own Mike Malott snagged the third spot on the main card? It’s amazing to witness someone who’s only had three fights in their UFC career secure such a prominent spot on the card. Malott is a promising talent, having won all of his 9 professional fights by way of finish. 

Malott holds the clear-cut advantage in striking. However, Adam Fugitt is primarily a ground guy. The only concern is Fugitt can take Malott down and kill the clock. Not too worried, but it is the only threat to Malott in this fight. Confident that Malott will be able to take full advantage of his hometown support and pull off an incredible finish.

Bet: Mike Malott

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