UFC Fight Night Props
UFC 277 will be a tough act to follow. The pay-per-view featured a slew of finishes from the favorites. On Saturday, UFC Fight Night promises something similar as the favorites are set up to knock out the competition. The UFC odds have several lopsided matchups and we pick five that can be both spectacular and lucrative.
Quinlan Blasts Through Witt
The UFC loves itself some Josh Quinlan (5-0-0, 1 NC). Despite being outed as a juicehead, the promotion is setting him up so he can pick up where he left off. The unbeaten fighter should crack Jason Witt (19-8-0), a wrestler who is susceptible to getting knocked out. Bet online on Quinlan to win this early by KO.
Pick: Quinlan By KO/TKO/DQ and Round 1 (+225)
The T-Rex Claims Another Victim
From one flash KO to the next, Terrence McKinney (12-4-0) gets a bounce-back fight against Erick Gonzalez (14-6-0). It’s obvious the UFC is jobbing Gonzalez to boost McKinney here. The former got finished by old man Jim Miller while the latter debuted with a seven-second KO. At +175, these are solid online gambling odds for McKinney to dust Gonzalez quickly.
Pick: McKinney By KO/TKO/DQ and Round 1 (+175)
Battle and Sato Get Scrappy
This is our sleeper pick for “Fight of the Night.” Both Takashi Sato (16-5-0) and Bryan Battle (7-1-0) come to fight. Sato has serious power in his fists and could flatten Battle if he makes a mistake. However, Battle is a weight class bigger than Sato and could grind him down and finish him on the mat. Either way, this one is unlikely to go to a decision. At plus-money, that sounds like the best UFC bet.
Pick: Fight To Go The Distance – No (+105)
Pauga Puts Down An Usman
It may be Mohammed Usman (7-2-0) who’s got the more recognizable name, but Zac Pauga (5-0-0) is the star in the making here. The Samoan is a wrecking ball at 205 pounds and he’ll brutalize Usman to earn himself The Ultimate Fighter prize.
“I will have dragged Mohammed [Usman] into deep water and while he’s gasping for air, knock him out.”
— UFC News (@UFCNews) August 3, 2022
Usman is the bigger fighter. However, Pauga is durable and thick, which makes him a tricky opponent for Usman. The Colorado-based fighter also has the endurance to drag this fight out. At some point, Pauga will break Usman and finish him.
Pick: Pauga By KO, TKO or DQ (+200)
Hill Dispatches Santos With Style
Thiago Santos (22-10-0) was once a title contender. But recently, he’s become more of a gatekeeper in the division. Since his knee injury against Jones, Santos hasn’t been the same fighter. He’s still got the sharp Muay Thai skills but he is nowhere near the same dangerous striker he once was.
Jamahal Hill (10-1-0), on the flip side, is as lethal as they come The cerebral striker owns knockouts in all four of his UFC wins. He is a pressure fighter that will march his opponents down and catch them when they make a mistake.
Even if Santos is not to be trifled with, Hill will walk him down and catch him with a one-hitter quitter. It may take him a while to do it and Santos will have his moments, but Hill is younger and fresher. He will put Santos away and put himself closer to a title fight.
Pick: Hill By KO, TKO or DQ (-165)
UFC Fight Night Information
- Date: Saturday, Aug 6, 7 p.m. ET
- Venue: UFC APEX, Las Vegas
- Live stream: UFC Fight Pass