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Cannonier vs Strickland Prediction, Fight Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Middleweight Contenders Fight To Remain Contenders

Strickland is Slightly Favored By UFC Odds

Sean Strickland and Jared Cannonier are coming off losses to those who just fought for the middleweight title. The UFC has them facing each other to determine who gets back into contention and the UFC betting lines like Strickland, though not by much. However, we feel the lines are a bit too tight and there is considerable value in Strickland.

Let’s check the latest UFC odds, and stats, for Cannonier vs Strickland. We’ve plenty of UFC 283 odds for you to consider.

Cannonier vs Strickland Prediction, Fight Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks
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Strickland Enters with Tremendous Value

Sometimes fighters coming off a loss, a first-round knockout loss in Strickland’s case, can be lucrative options for online sports betting. It’s because the books line them with much better odds due to the negative perception around them.

But we can forgive Strickland for getting knocked out by Alex Pereira, the same man that starched Israel Adesanya twice. The Brazilian has the hardest-hitting left hand in the business and Strickland walked into that fight with his hands low. He was asking for it.

Against any other contender, Strickland should do fine. At 185 pounds, he is durable and he has decent defense: 65%. Most notably, he should maintain his high-volume style of pressure fighting. That will benefit him in a five-round fight as he’s outlasted the likes of Jack Hermansson and Uriah Hall.

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Does Cannonier Still Have It?

The UFC will compile a highlight reel of Cannonier and it may be the scariest you’ll see. The man is fast, powerful, and vicious. Cannonier owns knockouts in three divisions all the way to heavyweight. Also, he can fight in either stance and has a relatively long reach for his size at 77½ inches.

However, he’s also 38 years old and has absorbed quite a bit of damage. Adesanya touched him up. Robert Whittaker nearly knocked him out. And Dominick Reyes put him out. That underwhelming performance against Adesanya made Cannonier look gunshy.

Maybe it was just Adesanya’s technical brilliance or maybe Cannonier loses steam as the fight goes. Brolic fighters like him tend to start fast but slow down considerably. That’s not ideal in a five-round fight against a cardiovascular machine like Strickland. But if Cannonier has enough burst to hurt Strickland early, he’s a lucrative bet online.

Cannonier vs Strickland Head-to-Head

Cannonier sports a 1½-inch reach advantage against Strickland despite being two inches shorter. Strickland’s biggest edge is his youth: he is seven years Cannonier’s junior.

Cannonier vs Strickland Fight Information

  • Fighters: Cannonier (15-6-0) vs Strickland (25-4-0)
  • Location: UFC Apex, Las Vegas
  • Day/Time: Saturday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m. ET
  • Cannonier vs Strickland Live stream: UFC Fight Pass

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Cannonier vs Strickland Betting Lines

Cannonier vs Strickland Picks & Prediction

There is a decent chance that Cannonier can catch and wobble Strickland early in the fight. Cannonier has the power edge here and he is also the more explosive of the two. However, have faith in Strickland’s durability as he can absorb Cannonier’s power and keep going. He may drop an early round or two but he’ll rally and dominate the rest of the fight. Additionally, taking this fight to go to a decision could also be the best UFC bet this evening.

Jared Cannonier is listed at -115 in our Vegas UFC lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Cannonier, you can win $87. Sean Strickland is -115, offering a chance to win $87 on a $100 wager.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Cannonier a 53.49% chance to win, with Strickland at 53.49%. Bet on UFC Right Away!

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