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Parlay with a Punch: UFC Atlantic City Betting Predictions

On March 30, live from The Garden State, Dana White and co. have scheduled to bring the octagon to New Jersey locals with a stacked line-up of MMA talent on display.

Top-ranked women’s flyweight Erin Blanchfield and Manon Fiorot will headline UFC Atlantic City. Still, more crucially, 14 fights are scheduled, thus giving us the ideal opportunity to deliver multiple UFC expert picks for a fight-night parlay.

Parlay with a Punch: UFC Atlantic City Betting Predictions
Parlay with a Punch: UFC Atlantic City Betting Predictions

Continue reading to find the latest edition of the ‘Weekly Parlay with a Punch,’ alongside the most noteworthy odds available for my best UFC bets for March 30 involving this weekend’s UFC Atlantic City fight card in ’The World’s Playground.’

 

 

UFC Atlantic City Information

  • Date & Time: Saturday, March. 30, 2024 – 07:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
  • UFC Atlantic City Live Stream: UFC Fight Pass
  • Scheduled Fights: 14
  • Main Event Bout: Erin Blanchfield vs. Manon Fiorot
  • Co-Main Event Bout: Vincente Luque vs. Joaquin Buckley

 

UFC Atlantic City Odds


 

Ibo Aslan vs. Anton Turkalj Parlay Betting Preview

Ibo Aslan (12-1, 12 KOs) destroyed Paulo Renato Jr. on Dana White’s Contender Series to earn himself a UFC contract and a position among the low-ranked light heavyweight roster. Knockouts are nothing new to the Turkish native; he’s finished 100% of his bouts via KO/TKO, but in a rematch that nobody asked for, his weekend opponent Anton Turkalj got away.

Turkalj (8-3-0) also entered the UFC via DWCS, but two years prior in 2022. With an undefeated record intact, he wasn’t exactly a top prospect and was destined for failure when he was fed to the wolves in his UFC debut.

Losing to Jailton Almeida –who’s rapidly shot through the rankings since– bared little shame on Turkalj. However, he’s since lost another two fights and currently has a 0-3 promotional record, as we now know he isn’t capable of contending at this level.

UFC Atlantic City Parlay Pick Leg 1: Aslan Moneyline (-130)

If you haven’t seen the first fight between Aslan and Turkalj from Brave CF 40, I’ll give you a quick breakdown. Aslan was four years younger (20 years old); he beat the living crap out of Turkalj for five minutes, was unfortunate not to get the finish, but then death-gassed so dramatically in the second round that he couldn’t defend himself from the takedown and eventual rear-naked-choke that was sunk in.

So, why are the UFC odds for March 30 slightly favoring the Turkish newcomer this weekend? It has much to do with growth, gym changes, and weak performances Turkalj has displayed since joining the UFC.

Aslan isn’t going to enter a rematch with a fighter on a three-fight losing streak and risk going 0-2 versus an unknown name unless he’s confident in getting this one back. While he hasn’t fought beyond the first round since we have to assume he’s fixed that cardio issue that cost him his lone career defeat. With his training camps spent with Xtreme Couture, we also know he’s in good hands.

Turkalj’s path to victory is clear: utilize a wrestling offense, drain Aslan’s cardio, and bank on replicating the first bout. However, I don’t believe lightning will strike twice this weekend, and now that the Swede has suffered significant damage, I expect Aslan to have even more confidence in keeping his 100% KO record intact.

 

 

  • Aslan has won all 12 of his pro-MMA bouts via KO/TKO
  • Turkalj has lost all three of his UFC bouts
  • Turkalj has lost inside the distance in tow of his three UFC bouts

Angel Pacheco vs. Caolan Loughran Parlay Betting Preview

One of the latest prospects to rise through the Cage Warriors rankings to earn a UFC contract is Ireland’s Caolan Loughran. However, the UFC had no interest in slowly building him up when they placed him against MMA veteran Taylor Lapilus for his debut last September.

Prior to his UFC debut loss, Loughran had an 8-0 record, with 90% of those contests ending via submission or KO/TKO. He’s a talented, well-rounded fighter who enters UFC Atlantic City as one of the biggest sportsbook favorites following a loss, and for a very good reason.

Angel Pacheco feels like nothing more than a setup fight for Loughran this weekend. With a 7-2 record, he hasn’t fought any recognizable opponents and doesn’t stand out in any one area of the fight game. He lost on DWCS to the only noteworthy name on his record, and at 32, he isn’t going to bring anything to the octagon we haven’t already seen.

UFC Atlantic City Parlay Pick Leg 2: Loughran Moneyline (-360)

Loughran boasts a respectful offensive wrestling game, and you don’t want to be against the cage if he gets his hands locked. His top pressure is suffocating, and a stocky frame at 135 lbs has seen him easily control many opponents in grounded situations.

In the Lapilus bout, he struggled to track the speedy footwork and match the striking numbers of a Frenchman. This weekend, those issues won’t exist. Matchmakers have gifted Ireland’s only UFC bantamweight prospect with an incredibly winnable fight.

Expect Loughran’s aggression and forward pressure to force Pacheco to the cage; the takedowns will land, and we’ll most likely witness a beatdown from the top position for most of this contest.

 

 

  • Loughran is the second-biggest favorite at UFC Atlantic City
  • Pacheco makes his UFC debut following a DWCS loss

UFC Atlantic City 2-Leg Parlay

 

 

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