Bettors get four UFC 275 preliminary fights to enjoy on Saturday, including Brendan Allen vs. Jacob Malkoun.
UFC odds are available for every fight, including Andre Fialho vs. Jake Matthews, who get the prelim action started.
Allen vs Malkoun
Allen is the firm favorite following a submission win over Smiling Sam Alvey, which was an excellent bounce back following a knockout loss.
The 26-year-old has been prone to getting knocked out during his 18-5 career, but he’s a submission specialist and he should give Malkoun troubles.
Malkoun is 6-1 and he has a sizable height and reach disadvantage. It plays a big part in UFC fighting, especially if Allen wants to take it to the ground.
He is unbeaten in two UFC fights, including a decision victory over AJ Dobson, so he’s not an easy opponent to beat. However, the sportsbook has the Australian at +240 to cause the upset.
Allen believes the top 15 rankings are out of whack and he’s better than most in the division.
“I think the top 15 is a bunch of bulls*** to be honest, especially right now,” Allen told UFC.com. “I feel like there are guys that don’t deserve to be in there; there are guys that have gotten lucky to get there.
“There are guys that didn’t beat anybody with a number that have a number, and there are guys that have gotten lucky enough to get the easiest number they could get and now they’re in the numbers.”
We’re taking Allen to win as he’s the classy fighter and he should take the fight to the ground as soon as he can.
Pick: Brendan Allen -320
Choi vs Culibao
Seung-Woo Choi is a dangerous fighter from South Korea and we’re not surprised by the short odds available.
The 29-year-old hasn’t fought since October last year after his fight against Tucker Lutz was cancelled. He was submitted by Alex Caceres prior to that but it followed a knockout win over Julian Erosa.
It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for Choi but he has the advantage over Culibao, who hasn’t faced many top-level opponents. The Australian is 9-1-1 following a victory over Sha Yilan, but that was against a fighter with 10 losses on his record.
Betting online markets have Choi at -240 and he’s worthy of including in UFC 275 prelim parlays.
Pick: Seung-Woo Choi -240
Maheshate vs Garcia
We are going with another favorite in Steve Garcia, who could end the fight quickly against Hayisaer Maheshate.
The 12-4 fighter scored a second-round knockout win over Charlie Ontiveros in his UFC debut, and although Ontiveros isn’t much chop, Garcia could rise the lightweight ranks.
He faces Maheshate, who owns eight wins and one loss. His wins came against inferior opposition and that’s reflected in betting markets. He’s a +150 underdog, which is slightly too short for our liking.
He is the shorter fighter and we like Garcia to win by knockout. Bookmakers have Garcia at +120 to end the fight early and those odds can’t be overlooked.
Pick: Steve Garcia by KO +120
Fialho vs Matthews
Andre Fialho couldn’t have been more impressive when knocking out Cameron VanCamp and that fight bodes well against Jake Matthews.
Fialho lost his UFC debut to Michel Pereira, but he bounced back with back-to-back knockout wins. His record is steadily improving and we like his chances of beating UFC veteran Matthews.
Matthews is only 27 years old but the Australian has been in the UFC since 2014. He ended a winning streak when being submitted by Sean Brady, so he needs to get back to his best.
UFC betting markets have Fialho at -145 and that’s a value price for a noted knockout power puncher.
Pick: Andre Fialho -145