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FC 301: Pantoja vs. Erceg Main Event Betting Preview, Odds, How To Watch

Brace yourselves, fight fans! UFC 301 is upon us, bringing the octagon to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a steamy ESPN+ pay-per-view event. In the main event, the flyweight title is on the line as hometown hero Alexandre Pantoja throws down with the fast-rising contender Steve Erceg. Click here to view the real-time odds for every UFC 301 fight.

This fight’s got layers. Pantoja gets to defend his belt for the second time, but the pressure’s on – it’s his first UFC fight in Rio! Meanwhile, Erceg, the Perth product with a perfect 3-0 UFC record, sees his chance to snatch flyweight gold.

Step into the octagon for the UFC 301: Pantoja vs. Erceg Main Event, which will take place on Saturday, May 4th, 2024, live from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Step into the octagon for the UFC 301: Pantoja vs. Erceg Main Event, which will take place on Saturday, May 4th, 2024, live from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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UFC 301: Pantoja vs Erceg Main Event Betting Preview, Odds, How To Watch

The UFC 301 betting odds favor Pantoja, the seasoned champion, at -190. Erceg, the hungry challenger, sits at +160. Think it’s a done deal? Think again.

Let’s break down these fighters:

Pantoja:

The 34-year-old champion is a 5’5″ orthodox striker with a killer left hook. Pantoja boasts a blistering 4.32 significant strikes per minute, with an accuracy that’ll make your head spin. And let’s not forget about his grappling prowess – the man averages an impressive 2.20 takedowns per 15 minutes, with a submission rate that’ll have you holding your breath.

Erceg:

This 28-year-old Aussie is no slouch. Standing at 5’8″ with a slightly longer reach, he mirrors Pantoja’s striking style. With a striking output of 4.57 significant strikes per minute and a rock-solid 55% defense, Erceg is no slouch on the feet. And when the fight hits the mat, he’s no pushover either, rocking a 77% takedown defense and a respectable 0.8 submissions per 15 minutes.

The big question? Can Erceg handle the championship distance? He’s never gone five rounds, while Pantoja’s a seasoned warrior. This fight hinges on who can impose their will and force mistakes.

One thing’s for sure: sparks will fly in Rio! Will Pantoja reign supreme in front of his home crowd, or will Erceg cause a major upset? Tune in to UFC 301 and find out! Remember, the main card streams on ESPN+ PPV, with prelims on ESPN2 and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. Don’t miss it!

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UFC 301: Alexandre Pantoja vs Steve Erceg Fight Card Odds

Main card (Start time 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+ PPV)

  • Flyweight championship: Alexandre Pantoja (-190) vs Steve Erceg (+160)
  • Bantamweight: Jose Aldo (+130) vs Jonathan Martinez (-160)
  • Light heavyweight: Anthony Smith (+375) vs Vitor Petrino (-550)
  • Middleweight: Michel Pereira (-550) vs Ihor Potieria (+375)
  • Middleweight: Paul Craig (+375) vs Caio Borralho (-550)

 

Prelims (Start time 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN+)

  • Featherweight: Joanderson Brito (-160) vs Jack Shore (+130)
  • Women’s strawweight: Karolina Kowalkiewicz (+320) vs Iasmin Lucindo (-420)
  • Lightweight: Elves Brener (+220) vs Myktybek Orolbai (-280)
  • Featherweight: Jean Silva (-150) vs William Gomis (+120)

 

Early prelims (Start time 6 p.m. ET, ESPN+)

  • Lightweight: Joaquim Silva (+125) vs Drakkar Klose (-155)
  • Lightweight: Mauricio Ruffy (-170) vs Jamie Mullarkey (+140)
  • Women’s flyweight: Dione Barbosa (-215) vs Ernesta Kareckaite (+175)
  • Lightweight: Ismael Bonfim (-500) vs Vinc Pachel (+350)
  • Flyweight: Alessandro Costa (-135) vs Kevin Borjas (+105)

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