Unpopular opinions lead to a clean underdog sweep for UFC Vegas 61. One week closer to UFC 280. Maybe it’s just me but this entire week has felt like UFC 280 fight week. UFC Vegas 62 Grasso vs Araujo feels like a placeholder until next Saturday.
Askar Askarov (-240) vs. Brandon Royval (+200)
Talk about a polar opposite match-up. Brandon Royval is a madman out of hell. His fighting style is chaotic and full steam ahead right out of the gate. Whereas Askarov is consistent in each approach, looking for takedowns and controlling the position with ground and pound.
Brandon Royval is a great underdog bet due to his hectic unpredictable approach. However, I’m riding with Askar Askarov. Askarov looked really good against Kai Kara-France, honestly shocked that was a unanimous decision.
If Askar Askarov stays consistent with his game plan he’ll beat Royval. Pressure and control time will be the true determining factors in who comes away with the win here. Good thing Askarov’s kit completely relays on those two factors.
Bet: Askar Askarov (-240)
Misha Cirkunov (+175) vs. Alonzo Menifield (-205)
Alonzo Menifield might be the easiest pick on the entire card. Out of his 12 professional wins, 8 have come by way of KO or TKO. While half of Misha Cirkunov’s losses have come by way of knockout.
Granted Cirkunov is a real threat on the ground, but Menifield has great takedown defense. Currently sitting at an 83% takedown defense over at UFC stats. If Cirkunov can’t get this fight to the ground it’s as good as over. His striking level is nowhere near the level of Minefields.
Alonzo Menifield becomes even more enticing when you dive into the props. Menifield by KO/TKO is plus money, currently standing at (+125). The Menifield bet came to me so quickly and it does not need much explanation. Figured I’d keep this one short.
Bets: Alonzo Menifield (-205)
Alonzo Menifield by KO/TKO (+125)
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