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Coming Up in UFC, MMA & Boxing: February Events

After a slow start to the year, we’re back to a packed schedule for combat sports aficionados. The UFC brings four events, one for each Saturday of the month with UFC 271 as the big show in the middle. Bellator, boxing, and other MMA events fill out the rest. Find all these MMA betting odds from BetUS.

UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs Strickland

  • Date/Time: February 5, 2022, 4 p.m. ET
  • Venue: UFC APEX, Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • Broadcast: ESPN+

Middleweight contenders clash in the UFC’s first event for February as Jack Hermansson faces Sean Strickland. Hermansson (22-6-0) is the underdog at +175 despite being ranked higher than Strickland (24-3-0), who is at -220 on the BetUS online sportsbook and is unbeaten at middleweight.

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Boxing: Thurman vs Barrios

  • Date/Time: February 5, 2022, 10 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • Broadcast: Pay per view

Keith “One Time” Thurman returns from a 30-month layoff to take on Mario Barrios, who is moving up a weight class. Both are coming off their first professional losses with Thurman (29-1-0) being the slight favorite at -190 with the comeback on Barrios (26-1-0) at +160.

UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2

  • Date/Time: February 22, 2022, 6 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Toyota Center, Housto, TX, USA
  • Broadcast: Pay per view

It’s the rematch that is two years in the making as Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker switch places with Whittaker (23-5-0) now hunting Adesanya (21-1-0) for his middleweight title. Since Adesanya violently took Whittaker’s belt, both have won three fights apiece in the division.

Adesanya will be a bigger favorite at -265 with Whittaker entering as a +205 underdog, the biggest he has been since fighting Jacare Souza in 2017. Betting online on Whittaker as a dog has been profitable as he is 6-1 since moving up to 185 lbs though that loss did come against the champ.

Bellator 274: Gracie vs Storley

  • Date/Time: February 19, 2022, 6 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT, USA
  • Broadcast: Showtime

Top-tier grapplers “throw down” as Neiman Gracie and Logan Storley look to book a future title shot with an impressive victory. Gracie (11-2-0) should open as the slight favorite here, having fought higher level competition while Storley (12-1-0) has only lost to the champion, Yaroslav Amosov.

UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs Fiziev

  • Date/Time: February 19, 2022, 6 p.m.. ET
  • Venue: UFC APEX, Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • Broadcast: ESPN+

We’ve got a lightweight banger in our hands as the action-packed Rafael Fiziev tests his skills against the former champion, Rafael Dos Anjos. Fiziev (11-1-0) has won five straight since losing his UFC debut while Dos Anjos (30-13-0) put on a clinic against former top-15 fighter Paul Felder. BetUS has Fiziev as the -250 favorite with “RDA” at +200.

Bellator 275: Mousasi vs Vanderford

  • Date/Time: February 25, 2022, 6  p.m. ET
  • Venue: 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
  • Broadcast: Showtime

Bellator Middleweight Champion Gegard Mousasi defends his belt against the unbeaten Austin Vanderford. The betting odds should favor Mousasi (48-7-2) here somewhere in the 2-1 range while Vanderford (11-0-0), will be an underdog for the first time in his young MMA career.

UFC Fight Night: Dariush vs Makhachev

  • Date/Time: February 26, 2022, 6 p.m. ET
  • Venue: UFC APEX, Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • Broadcast: ESPN+

A week after Fiziev-Dos Anjos is another lightweight contenders’ bout: Beneil Dariush fights Islam Makhachev with both one win away from a title shot. Dariush (21-4-1) has won seven straight while Makhachev (21-1-0) has won nine. Makhachev will be a large favorite here per usual though Dariush is 5-1-1 as an underdog and could be the best UFC bet.

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