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UFC/MMA Preview: December 2022

Best MMA Events for the Remainder of the Year

There is still plenty of MMA left for the remainder of 2022. Led by this week’s stacked weekend, Bellator leads of a busy month for both MMA fans and bettors. Find all the UFC betting lines from the sportsbook plus others on the sportsbook.

Let’s check the latest UFC picks, stats, and UFC predictions. We’ve plenty of UFC expert picks for you to consider.

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UFC 282: Blachowicz vs Ankalaev

  • Date: December 10
  • Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
  • Broadcasts: Pay-per-view, ESPN, UFC Fight Pass

The UFC’s final PPV pits former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz as an underdog (+200) against Magomed Ankalaev (-260), an unstoppable contender. Blachowicz is no stranger to being an underdog and has actually won 10 of his 12 UFC fights as one. He may be the best UFC bet if he pulls it off.

In the co-main event, Paddy Pimblett (-260) gets to further polish his resume by beating Jared Gordon (+200). The Briton is one of the fastest-rising stars and could be fighting for a UFC title soon if he keeps it up.

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UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs Strickland

  • Date: December 17
  • Venue: UFC APEX, Las Vegas
  • Broadcast: ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass

And for the final UFC event of 2022, former title challenger Jared Cannonier (-105) takes on Sean Strickland (-125) in a potential title eliminator. Both men lost to Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira, respectively. While it’s possible for Pereira to rematch Adesanya, an impressive win from either could put them next in line.

Meanwhile, Arman Tsarukyan (-170) faces Damir Ismagulov (+140) in a battle of prospects that have become top-15 contenders. Tsarukyan is looking to bounce back from a tough loss while Ismagulov pits his unbeaten UFC record (5-0) and is an underdog for the first time in the promotion.

Bellator 289: Stots vs Sabatello

  • Date: December 9
  • Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville
  • Broadcasts: Showtime, YouTube

Bellator offers arguably its best card of the year as the Bantamweight Grand Prix continues. A shot at a million dollars is at stake along with a pair of titles. Rivals Raufeon Stots (-145) and Danny Sabatello (+115) fight in the semifinals, which also decides the Interim Bellator Bantamweight champion. And on the other end are Magomed Magomedov (-135) and Patchy Mix (+105).

Not to be outdone are Bellator Flyweight Champion Liz Carmouche (+140) and Juliana Velasquez (-170). This rematch is the sequel to the last fight’s controversial conclusion. Pair this with the main event and we have title fights and grudge matches in one.

LFA 148: Leyva vs Brown

  • Date: December 22
  • Venue: The Commerce Casino & Hotel, Commerce
  • Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass

Unbeaten Mexican prospect Alfonso “Sniper” Leyva takes on Chris Brown for the vacant LFA Welterweight title. The online sports betting odds could lean Leyva here as he is a knockout artist that has yet to taste defeat. However, Brown is his toughest test as the veteran has fought higher-level competition.

BKFC 4: Dy vs Sangmuang

  • Date: December 10
  • Venue: Space Plus, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Broadcast: FITE

The Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship concludes its 2022 with a slobber knocker in Thailand. Former UFC fighter Rolando Dy fights boxer Apisit Sangmuang in what should be a violent affair. The boxing betting lines could favor Sangmuang here.

Bellator MMA vs RIZIN FF: Pitbull vs Erbst

  • Date: December 31
  • Venue: Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
  • Broadcast: Showtime

Closing out 2022 and kicking off 2023 will be the annual collaboration between Bellator and RIZIN. Packed in this “super card” are the best from each promotion facing each other. Featherweight champ Patricio “Pitbull” Freire faces Kleber Koike Erbst. The odds should favor Freire here though Erbst has won seven straight.

Others in action are a row of former champions from AJ McKee Jr. to Juan Archuleta. They take on Robert de Souza and Soo Chul Kim, respectively. Bellator’s side tends to be the chalk when betting online. But don’t sleep on RIZIN’s fighters as these underdogs have the home advantage.

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