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Boxing / MMA Parlay: Overnight Millionaire

This Five-Leg Parlay Could Be Golden Ticket

Parlays are like the home runs of betting. You rarely ever hit them, but when you do, you’re a superstar. Cashing a three-leg parlay with favorites is already difficult, but what about a five-legger with big underdogs? A $4 wager will give back $10K should all these boxing, Bellator, and UFC picks do the impossible.

Best Boxing & MMA Matches to Parlay

Bautista (-950) vs Cannetti (+575)

  • Total: O 1½ (+150), U 1½ (-180)
  • Weight Class (Rounds): Bantamweight, 135 lbs. (3 Rounds)
  • Day/Time: Saturday, March 11, 4:50 p.m. ET
  • Stream: ESPN+

Guido Cannetti (10-6-0) knows a thing or two about pulling off upsets. All four of his wins in the octagon have come via an upset. Once again, he is being underestimated against Mario Bautista (11-2-0). In what will be a back-and-forth scrap, bank on Cannetti to catch Bautista and finish him. Once again, the “Ninja” makes UFC news as a big underdog winner.

Said Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates
Said Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates - Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images/afp
    • Pick: Guido Cannetti +575
    • Parlay: Harrison, Bell, Henderson, Martinez, & Cannetti (+250372)

 Nurmagomedov (-270) Martinez (+210)

  • Total: O 2½ (-170), U 2½ (+140)
  • Weight Class (Rounds): Bantamweight, 135 lbs. (3 Rounds)
  • Day/Time: Saturday, March 11, 6:35 p.m. ET
  • Stream: ESPN+

What are the odds we see not one, but two Nurmagomedovs get toppled as favorites? Said Nurmagomedov (17-2-0) will have the fight of his life against Jonathan Martinez (17-4-0). Similar to the Tszyu-Harrison odds, these Las Vegas UFC odds are too wide. Martinez is just as good a striker as Nurmagomedov. The Russian is also not close to being as dominant a grappler as his namesake. Bet the dog.

    • Pick: Jonathan Martinez +210

Nurmagomedov (-2000) vs Henderson (+850)

  • Total: O 4½ (+115), U 4½ (-145)
  • Weight Class (Rounds): Bellator Lightweight Championship, 155 lbs. (5 Rounds)
  • Day/Time: Friday, March 10, 11:25 p.m. ET
  • Stream: Showtime

You don’t always get a two-time champion as a 9-2 underdog. These online gambling lines are ridiculous. Yes, Usman Nurmagomedov (16-0-0) is “legit” and will most likely rampage through Benson Henderson (30-11-0). But the former WEC and UFC champion is durable and knows how to convince judges he’s the winner. Unless Nurmagomedov starches him within two rounds, the “value” is on Henderson to pull off MMA’s Upset of the Year.

    • Pick: Benson Henderson +850

Hill (-410) vs Bell (+310)

  • Total: O 2½ (-180), U 2½ (+150)
  • Weight Class (Rounds): Featherweight, 145 lbs (3 Rounds)
  • Day/Time: Friday, March 10, 9:40 p.m. ET
  • Stream: Showtime

This is not so much a vote on Cass Bell (6-2-0), who already triumphed as a 3-1 underdog in his last bout, so much as a fade on Josh Hill (21-5-0). The Canadian is a solid wrestler and has fought some of the best fighters. But he’s also old, inactive and has dealt with injuries. He could be on the decline, which is prime opportunity for Bell to spring the upset. Bet online on the green-haired one again.

    • Pick: Cass Bell +310

Tszyu (-280) vs Harrison (+220)

  • Total: O 10½ (-130), U 10½ (Ev)
  • Weight Class (Rounds): WBO Interim Super Welterweight Championship, 154 lbs (12 Rounds)
  • Day/Time: Saturday, March 11, 9 p.m. ET
  • Stream: Showtime

Tim Tszyu (21-0-0, 15 KOs) and Tony Harrison (29-3-1, 21 KOs) square off for a chance to face Jermell Charlo. It’s a question of whether Tszyu’s speed and power will overcome Harrison’s size and savviness. But as far as the boxing lines go, Harrison is better than a 2-1 underdog and is a tier above Tszyu – he beat Charlo! All the talks of his chin being shot are exaggerated. He’ll outbox Tszyu and hand the boxing royalty his first career loss.

    • Pick: Tony Harrison +220
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