There isn’t much between them, but bettors get value odds at the sportsbook for the fight to go the distance.
Pedro Finds His Level
Nothing against the 31-year-old, but he’s not an elite UFC fighter.
Pedro looked good in 2022 when beating Harry Hunsucker and Ike Villanueva, who have a combined record of 25-20.
That’s his level of opponent because he was beaten by Modestas Bukauskas (15-5) at UFC 284. However, despite the loss, where he might have been a touch unlucky, he has been awarded another PPV main card fight.
Pedro faces Turkalj, who doesn’t have much experience at 8-2. That could favor Pedro, who has had three more fights.
He has been training with Israel Adesanya, who defends his title against Sean Strickland in the main event. Pedro had kind words to say for his ANZAC brother.
“We all have that alter ego that we go into like I go into. And I got that from Izzy as well. He goes into the last style bender,” Pedro said.
“We create this alter ego, but, outside of it, we’re brothers, man. Like, I love that guy. He’s a beautiful soul. He’s a beautiful person. Like, you’d think sometimes with someone that gets that big and that famous, that he would forget about the other guys.”
The Australian also fights in front of a home crowd, but the occasion could get to him.
We fear this fight could become a stalemate, but sport betting markets have generous odds for the fight to go the distance.
Over 2½ rounds pays +180, so bookmakers expect either fighter to end the fight early. However, given how little there is between them, a decision looks likely.
Turkalj Finding No Pleasure
Turkalj is known as “The Pleasure Man” but his time in the UFC has been anything but pleasurable.
The Swedish fighter is 0-2 in the organization following a submission loss to Jailton Almeida and a decision loss to Vitor Petrino.
He hasn’t fought easy opponents, which is why UFC odds respect him at -115. However, he needs to improve on his recent performances.
That’s another reason why we think each fighter could be timid at Qudos Bank Arena on Saturday. This bout means so much to them, so the nerves could get the better of both fighters.
Turkalj describes how he adopted the humorous nickname.
“Actually I don’t know how I got my nickname. I was listenting to a song or something with ‘Pleasure.’ I’m like ‘The Pleasure Man.’ It’s Swedish, it’s fun too. … And everytime I walk into the cage, I have a different nickname. So maybe next time we’re gonna have a new one.”
Whoever starts the best, expect UFC live betting odds to firm considerably. The winner of Round 1 is likely to firm to around -400.
Pedro vs Turkalj Head-to-Head
This is the first meeting between Pedro and Turkalj.
Pedro vs Turkalj Fight Information
– Fight: Pedro (9-4) vs Turkalj (27-5)
– Location: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia
– Day/Time: Saturday, Sept. 9, 10:10 p.m. ET
– Pedro vs Turkalj Live Stream: UFC Fight Pass
Pedro vs Turkalj Betting Lines
Pedro vs Turkalj Picks and Prediction
We can’t turn down the Las Vegas odds for over 2½ rounds, which pays a healthy +180.
Even though Pedro says he wants a Fight of the Night award for a potential knockout, that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.
They are evenly matched, and although there will be moments of excitement, we see it going the distance.