Valentina Shevchenko vs Alexa Grasso is the biggest UFC fight this Saturday, and it’s Shevchenko anchoring our weekend UFC parlay picks.
Our cross-sport parlay features UFC, NFL, and Rugby, so there’s something for everyone.
It’s on the Kyrgyz fighter to get us off to a winning start as she looks to win the flyweight title at T-Mobile Arena.
Belt to Change Hands
We firmly believe Shevchenko will win her flyweight belt back off Grasso after being upset by the Mexican at UFC 285.
It’s likely her last chance at winning the belt, and although younger fighters win most of the fights in the UFC, Shevchenko isn’t your typical fighter.
She has been hellbent on getting the belt back.
“I was winning the fight. This is what is MMA. MMA is a hard fight style, it’s a very hard fight game. Sometimes this happens, but the most important thing is that I have the opportunity to make everything right, how it’s supposed to be the first time,” Shevchenko said.
“I actually don’t understand people who are saying it was kind of a relief losing the belt,” Shevchenko said. “I really don’t understand. Because it’s not a relief.”
We’re happy with the -175 and she should get our parlay off to a winning start.
UFC Pick: Valentina Shevchenko (-175)
Australia to Handle Pacific Rival
There has been a lot of hype around Fiji at the Rugby World Cup, but Australia should have too many weapons for their Pacific rivals.
Rugby World Cup lines have Australia at -6½, which is a fantastic line. They are past World Cup champions, and Fiji doesn’t usually leave pool play with a win on the board.
Fiji played well when losing to Wales 32-26, but it was still a defeat, and Wales aren’t much in the way of opposition.
The gap between Australia and Fiji has closed, there’s no doubting that, but the Wallabies should be able to win by more than a converted try. If they don’t, it would be one of their worst performances at the tournament.
Rugby Betting online markets could take plenty of money for Australia this Sunday morning, so jump on the line available.
If you’re not feeling the -6½, feel free to include Australia with outright markets at -278 for a bit more safety.
Rugby Pick: Australia -6½ (+105)
Money Comes for Falcons
We couldn’t believe the opening line for the Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons game on Sunday.
Despite looking good when winning last week, the Falcons opened as home underdogs. However, the money has come and they’re now -125 at the sportsbook.
That’s a better representation for this game, and although we would have loved the Falcons at the better price, we’re including them ATS at -1½ in our parlay.
With Desmond Ridder at quarterback and Bijan Robinson doing his thing at running back, we don’t see many negatives for the new-look Falcons.
Green Bay also looked good in Week 1, but playing on the road is a different matter, and we think they will struggle to show their best form.
We expect the Falcons to start well, which could see their NFL live betting odds firm considerably. We also expect their NFL moneyline odds to continue to firm, so it could pay to lock in the parlay quickly to get the best payout.