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UFC 301 Parlay: 3 Dog Night in Brazil

The UFC returns to Rio and we expect one heck of a show. The Brazilians continue to be rough and rowdy and that injects extra adrenaline into the fighters’ veins – even the non-Brazilians. As such, we expect plenty of twists and turns for UFC 301. And we’re not holding back on our bold picks. There will be some shocking upsets from the top: Steve Erceg wins the title.

Steve who? Exactly. Even staunch UFC fans are surprised to see him fighting for the flyweight title. But he will make the most of his opportunity as he finishes Alexandre Pantoja in front of 15,000 raucous Brazilians. He’s not the only underdog we’ve picked as we parlay three of them. This could be the best UFC bet for the evening so check it out.

UFC 301 Parlay: 3 Dog Night in Brazil
Jose Aldo of Brazil | Alex Goodlett/Getty Images/AFP


Best UFC 301 Bets to Parlay

Can Shore’s Skills Overcome UFC Lines in Upset Bid?

Jack Shore was doing just fine at bantamweight where he went 6-1. That loss came against Ricky Simon, a top-10 fighter who is the last to beat title contender Merab Dvalishvili. The Welsh fighter is not flashy and lacks finishing ability. But he is more technical and arguably tougher than his opponent, Joanderson Brito.

The Brazilian is more athletic and explosive. He also has several eye-popping finishes on his resume, including a ninja choke and some Round 1 knockouts. Of course, he’s favored, especially in his home country. But we’re taking the dog shot on Shore here. He’s just as good and will be better fighting up a weight class.

We’ve seen fighters like Dustin Poirier and Robert Whittaker improve tremendously in their more “natural” weight class. And Shore is already a top-10-caliber fighter cutting down to 135. Given his UFC lines, we’ll parlay him to pull off the upset.



Is Aldo Still the King? UFC Betting Odds Underestimate His Experience at (+120)

Jose Aldo is back. After taking a year off to go box, he returns to fight for his home fans in Rio. He’s not the “King of Rio” for nothing. Aldo is 8-2 fighting here, with his only losses coming against Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski, the two greatest featherweights. Jonathan Martinez is not that.


We’ll give kudos to Martinez as he looks like a future title contender. But Aldo has plenty of experience taking out “future contenders” like Marlon “Chito” Vera and Renato Moicano. Even at 37, Aldo is still strong and explosive. And Martinez’s strength is Aldo’s specialty: leg kicks.

Are you telling us that Martinez will go out there and win a leg-kicking competition with Aldo? You must be out of your mind. Hence, these UFC betting odds are a bit out of whack. We’ll gladly take the plus-money on Aldo and add it to our parlay.



Bet Online on Erceg to Knock Out Pantoja This Saturday

Steve Erceg a.k.a. “Astroboy” will send Alexandre Pantoja to space. We’ve seen his record. He has not fought anyone worth mentioning. And his knockout power may be overstated. Pantoja also has more ways to win and has fought much tougher competition. But all of that goes out the window this Saturday.

The champion is still too hittable and has been in many wars. His best case for dealing with Erceg here is to outgrapple him. We can see him riding him from the back or getting him in precarious positions. A Pantoja win by submission pays at +300 and could be a nice hedge here.

But Erceg is going to hurt Pantoja on the feet. It will come early in the first two rounds. He is more composed and a better striker. Fighting on enemy territory may be better for him too, as Pantoja will have the pressure of impressing the crowd. Thus, we like Erceg to execute better on his game plan. Bet online on the upset!



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