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UFC 272: Violence Awaits

Prop Up Odds With Three Knockouts, Decision

Bloodbaths Set Stage for Five-Round War

The UFC knows how to make a pay-per-view these days and UFC 272, headlined by a grudge match between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal, is stacked with fights with the violence gauge pushed to its capacity. Bet on the bad blood and these props on the UFC betting odds.

  • Date: Saturday, 6 p.m. ET
  • Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • Watch on: UFC Fight Pass, ESPN+, ESPN, Pay-per-view

UFC 272 Props: Negumereanu Flattens Nzechukwu

Don’t blink on this one. Nicolae Negumereanu and Kennedy Nzechukwu are light heavyweights who could put either one out with one clean shot. Nzechukwu (9-2-0) far outsizes Negumereanu (11-1-0) and his sheer size and weight could be enough to take him out. In our prelims preview, we picked this one to end within 1½ rounds.

Three Knockouts And A Decision
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But in what is almost a 50/50 fight, our money is on Negumereanu (11-1-0). He is a sharper and faster striker and has a better chance at beating Nzechukwu to the punch. The Nigerian has proven he does not have the best chin and has been knocked out by smaller fighters in the past.

Pick: Negumereanu By KO, TKO or DQ +375

Mullarkey Rips Turner

Also on the prelims is this banger. Jalin Turner and Jamie Mullarkey will throw bombs until one of them needs to be saved by the referee. Turner (11-5-0) is massive for a lightweight and all of his victories have come via a finish. Mullarkey (14-4-0) is more of a striker and he has knocked out his last two opponents.

Since Mullarkey began training under featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski (who handed him his first pro loss), he’s been a much better fighter. The Australian hits hard and efficiently. He also enjoys targeting his opponent’s bodies and Turner has plenty of it for Mullarkey to hit. In what should be a war for as long as it last, bet online on Mullarkey to fold Turner at juicy odds.

Pick: Mullarkey By KO, TKO or DQ +400

Hardy Dusts Spivak Early

Outside of an online gambling perspective, nobody would get caught dead cheering for the notorious Greg Hardy. But as far as our wallets are concerned, we’re not betting against him unless he’s up against a top-ten fighter. Sergey Spivak is not only unranked, but has not beaten any notable competition outside of an out-of-shape Tai Tuivasa.

Spivak (13-3-0) is the better fighter here, hence why he’s the favorite. But he is also much smaller and will have trouble getting Hardy (7-4-0) to the mat. He may eat an uppercut or an overhand when he attempts one half-hearted takedown attempt too many.

Pick: Hardy In Round 1 By KO, TKO or DQ +500

Covington Takes Masvidal All The Way

We’ve banked on three knockouts in the undercard and we’re going the other way in the main event. The prop on this Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal to end in a decision is at -140, which is a reasonable price. But at a pick’em price, Covington (16-3-0) should edge Masvidal (35-15-0) on the scorecards.

Covington isn’t a power puncher by any stretch of the imagination and his only finish in the last five years came via an injury to the fading Tyron Woodley. When he beats Masvidal, who has only been finished once in his UFC career, it will most likely come by decision. Instead of betting on Covington at such short odds, bet on him to win by decision. That’s the best UFC bet for this fight.

Pick: Covington To Win By Decision or Tec. Decision -110

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