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UFC 297 Parlay with a Punch

On January 20, at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Dana White and company return to Pay-Per-View with a highly stacked UFC 297 event that offers plenty of UFC betting options.

Championship belts will be on the line, including a middleweight showdown between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis. But more importantly, a total of 12 fights are scheduled, thus giving us the perfect opportunity to dissect the perfect UFC betting parlay.

UFC 297 Parlay with a Punch
UFC 297 Parlay with a Punch

Continue reading to find the latest edition of the ‘Weekly Parlay with a Punch,’ alongside the most UFC betting odds available for my MMA bets online involving this weekend’s UFC PPV in The Great White North.



UFC 297 Information

  • Date & Time: Saturday, January. 20, 2024 – 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • How to Watch: UFC Fight Pass
  • Main Event Bout: Sean Strickland vs. Dricus Du Plessis
  • Co-Main Event Bout: Raquel Pennington vs. Mayra Bueno Silva


UFC 297 Betting Odds


Neil Magny vs Mike Malott Parlay Betting Preview

It’s been one hell of a career for Neil Magny. The UFC veteran fighting out of Dolton, Illinois, has amassed a total of 31 fights for the promotion while breaking a plethora of records along the way, including the most welterweight bouts in company history.

However, aged 36, a downtrend in performance has kicked in, and it has done since 2021. Magny has been unable to collect consecutive wins since that date and has lost 4 of his previous 8 contests, two of which ended in submission defeats.

This weekend, he’ll square off with a fresh-faced, energetic, and currently undefeated UFC prospect in Mike Malott, a fighter that won’t just have ultra confidence from winning three consecutive fights inside the distance but also a fully-packed Scotiabank Arena in complete support.

UFC 297 Parlay Pick Leg 1: Malott Moneyline [-400]


Sure, the sportsbook odds are slightly juiced for Malott, who has yet to prove himself versus the top caliber of opposition. However, look at the Canadian’s fight tape, and you’ll quickly realize that the speed, aggressiveness, and well-versed MMA skillset is a complete disaster for an aging fighter such as Magny.

I believe the forward pressure behind a killer instinct is the perfect recipe to dispatch of the experience and long-game Magny could bring. We know the price is high, but it’s that way for a reason, and it can serve as a nice buffer for our 3-leg parlay this weekend.


  • Malott is undefeated in the UFC (3-0)
  • Malott is riding a seven-fight win streak
  • Magny has lost 3 of his previous 5 UFC bouts


Brad Katona vs Garrett Armfield Parlay Betting Preview

Two-time Ultimate Fighter winner Brad Katona is something else. Winning one TUF competition is difficult enough, but this man won TUF 27, got cut from the UFC in 2019, blitzed through the regional scene, won The Ultimate Fighter 31: Veterans vs. Prospects, and is now holding a seven-fight win streak.

Katona is his name, and heavy top pressure is his game. Chain wrestling combined with elite control from the top position has assisted the Canadian in almost 100% of his pro career wins, and we shouldn’t expect the game plan to alter when he returns to home soil this weekend. Not to mention that he’s lightning-quick on the feet and has consistently delivered a high output of strikes when engaging in a fistfight.

UFC 297 Parlay Pick Leg 2: Katona Moneyline [-210]

I respect Garrett Armfield, the one-punch power he possesses, and his 9-3 record. But let’s be honest, he’s now matched with a cardio machine that will rip the air from his lungs across a 15-minute bout.

As I believe the only path to victory for Armfield would come via knockout, and the fact that Katona’s chin is harder than Travis Kelce’s when Taylor Swift attends his NFL games, this moneyline price cannot be ignored for the second leg of our parlay.

  • Katona is riding a 7-fight win streak
  • Since being cut from the UFC in 2019, Katona is undefeated
  • Armfield has won just one decision victory in his pro-MMA career


Serhiy Sidey vs Ramon Taveras Parlay Betting Preview

Somebody grab the popcorn because this fight’s guaranteed to deliver the drama for UFC bets tonight. Former Dana White Contender Series prospects have reached the big stage, and more interestingly, it isn’t the first time they’ve stood across from one another in the octagon.

The first time Serhiy Sidey and Ramon Taveras met, a controversial KO/TKO stoppage spoilt the party, and the latter was on the receiving end. However, despite the uproar over the referee’s stoppage, it took just one clean strike from Sidey to drop his opponent, and the energy from both competitors gives me an inkling that this one will also be stopped before the judges can intervene.


UFC 297 Parlay Pick Leg 3: Fight To Go The Distance/No [-260]

Sidey and Taveras have equally been savages during their MMA come-ups. From a combined 22 victories, they’ve collected 16 stoppages. Need I say more?

Granted, -260 in any facet is a little steep when dealing with UFC newcomers, but it’s a parlay baby, and betting this fight to end inside the distance is at quite a reasonable price considering the history of these two men.

  • Taveras has gone the distance in 1 of his 11 pro-MMA bouts
  • Sidey has won 80% of his career bouts via knockout or submission


UFC 297 3-Leg Parlay

Return: $100 to win $155

Total Return: $255



Questions Of The Day

Could the underdog in the co-main event be a good bet for a parlay?

Generally, I don’t place underdogs in a parlay unless I’m extremely confident in the outcome and Raquel Pennington doesn’t fall into that category.

Would it be wise to include both the main and co-main events in a single parlay?

Given the almost 50/50 odds of the main event, a moneyline wager on either Sean Strickland or Dricus Du Plessis is the wise choice.



The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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