Whoever wins between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor in the UFC 264 main event this Saturday, both men will get paid. We can try to get a piece of the pie by finding several potentially lucrative bets from the online sportsbook, including these four hot zingers.
- Date: Saturday,
- Times: 6 p.m. ET (Early Prelims); 8 p.m. ET (Prelims); 10 p.m. ET Times: (Main Card)
- Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
- Watch on: ESPN+, ESPN2, Pay-Per-View
Mild to Extra Spicy: Four Props to Sizzle
Mild: Maia Edges Eye In Lackluster Bout
Odds: Jessica Eye +155, Jennifer Maia -190
Weight Class (Rounds): Flyweight (125 lbs) (3 Rounds)
To be brutally honest, the majority of women’s fights in the UFC are boring. The majority of the fighters are good enough to win a decision but not quite good enough to finish a fight. That couldn’t be more true for both Jessica Eye (15-9-0, 1NC) and Jennifer Maia (18-7-1).
The better-rounded Maia, who actually went five rounds with champion Valentina Shevchenko, should be able to best the more predictable Eye via a decision and getting plus money from the UFC odds for it is a nice bonus.
Pick: Round Betting – Maia To Win By Points (+110)
Medium: Tavares To Take Akhmedov To A Decision
Odds: Brad Tavares -165, Omari Akhmedov +135
Weight Class (Rounds): Middleweight (185 lbs) (3 Rounds)
It’s not just the women who have a penchant for dragging fights out to a decision. Brad Tavares (18-7-0) has seen five of his last seven fights go the distance and all six of Omari Akhmedov’s (21-5-1) fights at middleweight have gone a similar route.
This fight should be close as both fighters are durable and experienced veterans. Akhmedov could win the first round then blow his gas tank as Tavares outpoints him to a judges’ decision. If you’re willing to bang -200 chalk, bet on this fight to go the distance. Otherwise, side with Tavares to get it done on the scorecards.
Pick: Tavares To Win By Decision or Tec. Decision (+140)
Spicy: Poirier Will Strangle McGregor
Odds: Dustin Poirier -135, Conor McGregor +105
Weight Class (Rounds): Lightweight (155 lbs ) (5 Rounds – Main Event)
I won’t be caught dead calling a pro fighter “scared.” But the fact that McGregor is already talking trash at the prospect of Poirier shooting for a takedown indicates he’s wary of grappling. After all, four of McGregor’s losses have all come via submission. The book is already out on McGregor (22-5-0): Tire him out, take him down and submit him.
First one to shoots a dusty bitch. pic.twitter.com/pO7WdCTsGu
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 18, 2021
While that is easier said than done, people have overlooked Poirier’s ground game. The veteran has seven wins by submission, including two over former champions Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway. He won’t care what people call him. When Poirier (27-6-0, 1 NC) sees the chance to exploit McGregor’s weakness, he’ll do it.
Pick: Fight Outcome Double Chance – Poirier To Win By Submission or Decision (+400)
Extra Spicy: Hall Snatches Topuria’s Ankle
Odds: Ryan Hall +185, Ilia Topuria -235
Weight Class (Rounds): Featherweight (145) (3 Rounds)
At almost every UFC event, someone pulls off a highlight-reel submission or knockout within the first round. At +850, take a shot that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu maniac Ryan Hall (8-1-0) makes quick work of fellow prospect Ilia Topuria (10-0-0).
There is a reason most fighters are avoiding him. Hall is proficient with this deadly move called the “heel hook.” It’s what he used to submit six of his opponents in the first round, including BJJ prodigy himself, BJ Penn. Topuria will likely be ready for the move, but you just never know with grappling mavericks like Hall.