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Namajunas Headlines UFC 268 Parlay

UFC 268 features mouth-watering fights throughout the night and we’re offering four of the biggest matchups in our parlay.

Headlining our UFC 268 parlay is Rose Namajunas, who is paying generous odds at the sportsbook to score consecutive wins over Weili Zhang.

Namajunas UFC 268 Parlay
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We also feature the title fight between Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington as well as bouts between Justin Gaethje vs Michael Chandler and Frankie Edgar vs Marlon Vera.

Namajunas vs Zhang

Rose Namajunas is one of our UFC best bets. She is paying -110 to beat Zhang, and she already achieved that at UFC 261 in April.

The rematch doesn’t always end in the same result, but the 11-4 fighter is one of the most polarizing figures in MMA, so we’re in her corner.

She knocked out Zhang in 1:18, so that will be tough for the Chinese fighter to overcome. Zhang might have looked good in beating Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a five-round decision last year, but we don’t think she’s on the same level as Namajunas.

Her win over Jessica Andrade in 2020 was classy, and the 29-year-old Namajunas looks the goods on Saturday. She has already gotten into the head of Zhang, who took recent comments from Namajunas personally.

“I was bothered by what she had said,” Zhang told Yahoo Sports. “The political comments Rose made got the audience not to support me. It was beyond [fair play]. It crossed a line. I don’t feel as friendly toward Rose as a fellow mixed martial artist as I did before. I have a lot more training and I have had a lot more focus on myself.”

We thought Namajunas would be paying around -150 to win, so the -110 is well worth locking in. Her odds could move on fight night, so take what’s available now.

Pick: Rose Namajunas -110

Usman vs Covington

The main event promises to live up to the hype as Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington throw down for the welterweight title.

Covington is one of the most hated fighters in the UFC, but he’s 16-2 and worthy of another title shot. His last title shot came against Usman at UFC 245 in 2019, where he suffered a fifth-round knockout.

He was in the fight up until that point, but Usman is one of the greatest welterweights of all time. The Nigerian-born 34-year-old has never lost in the Octagon, and we don’t think that’s about to change.

UFC lines have Usman at -350 to win, which is a respectable line. He could have been shorter given his record, so we’re happy to include the champion in our UFC parlay on Saturday.

Usman will likely frustrate Covington before landing a big blow in the later stages.

Pick: Kamaru Usman -350

Gaethje vs Chandler

We think Justin Gaethje vs Michael Chandler could be a classic as they like to swing for the fences from the outset.

Gaethje is the more established fighter and has fought much better opponents than Chandler. However, we think Chandler could come out with a heavy dose of right hands, which could put Gaethje flat on the canvas.

The former Bellator fighter showed his aggressiveness when knocking out New Zealand’s Dan Hooker in his UFC debut. That put the 22-6 fighter on the map, and although Chandler was beaten by Charles Oliveira at UFC 262, he shouldn’t make the same mistake twice.

After scoring what was possibly a 10-8 first round, Chandler let his guard down in early stages of the second round. You can’t let your guard slip against the best fighters, so it was a learning experience for the 35-year-old.

We respect Gaethje’s ability, but we can’t turn down the +165 value in betting online markets for Chandler.

Pick: Michael Chandler +165

Edgar vs Vera

There is a 12-year difference in age between Frankie Edgar and Marlon Vera, and we think that will matter at Madison Square Garden.

It’s not just age that is in favor of Vera, who scored an easy win over Davey Grant in June. He is also the only man to defeat Sean O’Malley, which is an excellent form guide against a slower opponent in Edgar.

We’re not disrespecting Edgar, but the 40-year-old was knocked out in the first round against Cory Sandhagen in February. That’s not what bettors want to see, so we think this could be one of his last fights.

Vera is -175 with bookmakers, and we’re happy to include him in our UFC parlay.

Pick: Marlon Vera -175

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