Rise to the Top
UFC betting has Allen at +140 to cause an upset in the main event and we think that’s worth taking.
The 19-1 fighter has been on a tear since arriving in the UFC in 2015, especially in recent times with wins over Calvin Kattar and Dan Hooker.
Those wins came by impressive knockouts, and although he doesn’t have the same fight experience as Holloway, he is the much fresher fighter at this stage of his career.
Holloway is no doubt a legend of the sport, but the 31-year-old was handled by Alexander Volkanovski on two occasions, and he also only defeated Kattar by decision.
A title shot could be on the line for Allen if he’s victorious.
“(Max is an) ex-champion, one of the greatest featherweights of all time,” Allen said. “His resume is nothing short of inspiring. He’s done all the things I want to do, and he’s set the path for the things I want to do too.
“I feel like it has to. There’s nowhere else to go then surely.”
The sportsbook has value odds and he could close the parlay in style.
me knowing max holloway and arnold allen can’t both win. pic.twitter.com/3r7akiuIWB
— Dovy🔌 (@DovySimuMMA) April 11, 2023
There isn’t much respect with online gambling markets for the unbeaten Azamat Murzakanov, who is 12-0 after beating Devin Clark in August.
He is 2-0 since arriving in the UFC, and he could continue the dominance of Eastern European fighters.
Both wins came in the third round by knockout, so his cardio is in working order, and Dustin Jacoby doesn’t represent a value wager at -155.
Jacoby lost to Khalil Rountree in October and hasn’t fought since, so it’s not like the sport betting favorite enters with devastating form.
“So this isn’t going to be a kickboxing match. I mean this is MMA right. We all know that so Jacoby for me is just a regular opponent nothing much, nothing special,” Murzakanov said.
“From the very first minute I’m going to keep pushing forward. I’m going to make sure that I’m going to try and get a finish as fast as I can, but most important to me is really the victory.”
Murzakanov is also a good wrestler, so winning by knockout has been a surprise. He might be the shorter fighter, but he packs power, and bettors get odds that can’t be passed up.
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— Jogo Bonito (@ufcfooty) January 10, 2023
Boser Back in Business
We’re backing another underdog in our UFC parlay, which pays handsomely should it prevail.
Tanner Boser is a +110 chance to rebound following a loss, and we can’t turn down those odds against Ion Cutelaba, who is riding a losing streak.
Cutelaba had three fights in 2022 and lost them all to Ryan Spann, Johnny Walker, and Kennedy Nzechukwu.
His most recent win came in 2021 when beating Devin Clark, but his recent form hasn’t been good enough for our liking.
Boser won over Ovince St Preux in 2021, and the 20-time MMA winner should be focused for this fight. A loss could send the light heavyweight down the rankings, having only just made the switch down in weight.