Bookmakers Can’t Split Them
There are high expectations for Chidi Njokuani vs Gregory Rodrigues at UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs Song.
Njokuani and Rodrigues are evenly-priced at -115, so the sportsbook can’t split the middleweights, who look to climb the ranks for a potential headline fight next year.
Let’s check the latest, stats, injury reports, and UFC odds for Njokuani vs Rodrigues.
Njokuani Showing Power
Njokuani has made short work of his two UFC opponents to date. The American-Nigerian fighter knocked out Marc-Andre Barriault in February before knocking out Dusko Todorovic in the first round in May.
It took the 33-year-old some time to get signed by the UFC, but if his last two fights are anything to go by, he should be here to stay.
We thought he would be shorter than -115 with UFC betting markets, but there is huge respect for Rodrigues, who will be his toughest test. However, Njokuani has power in his hands and that can’t be overlooked.
Bettors should expect money to come for Njokuani on fight night. He is an attractive betting proposition and bookmakers have him at generous odds.
Rodrigues Making Most of Chances
It wasn’t long ago when Rodrigues was being knocked out in Dana White’s Contender Series, but he worked hard and now he’s in the UFC.
He defeated Todorovic, Jun-Yong Park, and Julian Marquez, with the latter being a tough fight. His first-round knockout holds him in good stead against Njokuani as we expect a standing battle.
“I feel a little older now, but I’m so happy because one of my dreams was being in the UFC before my thirties and, now, I am here, so that’s great,” Rodrigues told UFC.com. “The UFC makes you different. It is the biggest show in the world, so you need to be different.
“I want to live all the seconds inside the cage, I want to feel myself there and be ready for my next challenge. That’s what I want and that’s what I prefer. One thing I know, don’t miss it.”
Betting online markets respect his grind and “Robocop” is good enough to score consecutive wins in the UFC.
Rodrigues showed his power against Marquez, and although his opponent on Saturday is also a striker, it only takes one punch to end the fight. Rodrigues is capable of landing the big blow and furthering his UFC career.
Njokuani vs Rodrigues Head-to-Head
There have been no previous meetings between Njokuani and Rodrigues.
Njokuani vs Rodrigues Fight Information
- Game: Njokuani (22-7) vs Rodrigues (12-4)
- Location: UFC Apex, Las Vegas
- Day/Time: Saturday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m. ET
- Njokuani vs Rodrigues Live stream: UFC Fight Pass
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Njokuani vs Rodrigues Betting Lines
Njokuani vs Rodrigues Prediction
It’s a fight that could go either way as the betting suggests, but we’re confident in taking the odds for Njokuani.
We thought he would be the -140 favorite, so getting -115 UFC odds in early betting markets is a bonus and we expect his odds to shorten.
Njokuani will for an early knockout, but if it doesn’t come, he’s smart enough to score points and battle it out over the three scheduled rounds.