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Hernandez Betting Pick vs Kopylov

UFC 298’s main card features Anthony Hernandez vs Roman Kopylov, and we have our best UFC bets tonight.

Hernandez is a proven finisher in the UFC, hence his -235 odds to beat 12-2 Kopylov, who is a quality opponent.

Hernandez Betting Pick vs Kopylov
Hernandez Betting Pick vs Kopylov

It kicks off the main card at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, and it should be an exciting fight.

Hernandez Rising in the Ranks

It has been a steady progression for 30-year-old Hernandez, who owns an 11-2 (1NC) record and he comes off an impressive third-round KO of Edmen Shahbazyan.

Shahbazyan is no slouch and he made him look second-rate. At the time of the stoppage, Hernandez had landed 63 significant strikes compared to 30 from his opponent, so it was one way traffic.

The sportsbook favorite meets another tough opponent in Kopylov, and they are identical in height, weight and reach.

Hernandez also owns stoppage wins over Marc-Andre Barriault and Rodolfo Vieira, both coming by submission.

The hardest part of beating Hernandez is stopping the takedowns and being wary of his power. He’s a dual-threat fighter, which is why sport betting odds have him at -235 to win.

The middleweight is a +180 chance to win by submission, which has attracted plenty of attention with UFC odds tonight.

No Love for Kopylov

There hasn’t been much betting online support for Kopylov, who is the slightly older fighter at 32.

The Russian looked good when knocking out Josh Fremd, Claudio Ribeiro, and Punahele Soriano in 2023.

Winning three fights by stoppage in one year is a rare feat, so the +195 underdog can’t be overlooked.

He enters with four consecutive stoppage wins under his belt, and he’s going about his business quietly.

“Middleweight is one of the toughest divisions. This is a great division. Everybody is pretty tough in here,” Kopylov said.

He already has his eyes set on a title fight, so Kopylov is not lacking confidence. However, Hernandez is a quality opponent and he’ll need to lift his game to win.

UFC 298 Betting Pick: Hernandez by Submission

We’re riding the hot hand with Hernandez to win by submission, which would make it three on the bounce.

It’s going to be a tough fight and it could go either way, but Hernandez has the advantage of having a wrestling game, which Kopylov doesn’t.

Kopylov will be going for the knockout, and Hernandez could get under his guard, take him to the ground, and force a tap.

UFC Pick: Anthony Hernandez by Submission (+180)


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Questions Of The Day

Is Roman Kopylov being underrated at the sportsbook?

We think Anthony Hernandez is the better fighter, but we wouldn’t have had Roman Kopylov at +195, which is a generous price.

Will Hernandez vs Kopylov go the distance?

The three-round fight should end before the final bell. Whether it’s a submission or knockout, we can’t see it going the distance.



The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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