Don’t sleep on Saturday’s UFC event even if none of the fighters are household names. Derek Brunson and Darren Till collide in what should produce a highlight-reel knockout. Likewise, the undercard is packed with explosive affairs that can rival the main event’s flammability.
We went through the UFC betting odds and picked a handful that not only will entertain, but could yield some bonus coin.
- Date: Sept. 4, 2021
- Times: 7 p.m. ET (Prelims); 10 p.m. ET Times: (Main Card)
- Venue: UFC APEX, Las Vegas, NV, United States
- Watch on: ESPN+, ESPN
Undercard Fights To Bet
Heavyweight Prospects Fight To See Who’s ‘The One?’
Moneyline: Tom Aspinall -260, Sergey Spivak +200
Total: Over 1½ (-115), Under 1½ (-120)
Weight Class (Rounds): Heavyweight (265 lbs ) (3 Rounds)
Young heavyweight contenders are as rare as a happy retirement for an MMA fighter so cherish them while they’re fresh and not walking dead. With that said, Tom Aspinall (10-2-0) and Sergey Spivak (13-2-0) could be title contenders given how shallow the division is.
Aspinall is the “new breed” of heavyweight: he moves like a middleweight and can finish fights anywhere. He’s the sportsbook’s favorite for a good reason, especially with Spivak coming in on short notice.
If the chalk is pure, Aspinall should be able to tee off on the slower Spivak and finish him within 1.5 rounds. But if he can’t, Spivak may just push him to a close decision. The Moldovan is tough and has won three in a row. He may drop the first round, but he can rally and make the rest of the fight a sweat. He’s worth a bet at this price.
Pick: Sergey Spivak +200
Don’t Blink When Rountree Jr. and Bukauskas Throw
Moneyline: Khalil Rountree +130, Modestas Bukauskas -160
Total: Over 1½ (-140), Under 1½ (+110)
Weight Class (Rounds): Light Heavyweight (205 lbs ) (3 Rounds)
Just like Dave Chapelle losing it over how gunshy Tyron Woodley was against Jake Paul, Khalil Rountree Jr. (8-5-0) bettors have been caught one too many times on this perpetual tease of a fighter. So instead of picking him or Modestas Bukauskas (11-4-0), bet online for this fight to finish quickly.
Rountree Jr., despite not having finished a fight in three years, only needs a few good looks to put any fighter out. Bukauskas also happens to be a hittable slugger who can knock you out or get himself knocked out. One of the two happens within 7.5 minutes.
Pick: Under 1½ (+110)
Can Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Live Up To The Hype?
Moneyline: Luigi Vendramini +115, Paddy Pimblett -145
Total: Over 2½ (+105), Under 2½ (-135)
Weight Class (Rounds): Lightweight (155 lbs ) (3 Rounds)
The hotly anticipated UFC debut of Paddy Pimblett (16-3-0) is set and he gets the Italian-Brazilian Luigi Vendramini (9-2-0) as a dance partner. Pimblett is a tad overhyped and could struggle in his UFC run and how effectively he beats Vendramini will be a foreshadowing.
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Vendramini “ain’t you-know-what” as they say in slang but he is a tough son-of-a-gun and can make this fight closer than it should. But Pimblett should be able to catch Vendramini on a mistake and submit him somewhere within two rounds.
Pick: Paddy Pimblett -145
Jourdain and Erosa Are Quick To Start and Quick To Finish
Moneyline: Julian Erosa +155, Charles Jourdain -190
Total: Over 2½ (+125), Under 2½ (-155)
Weight Class (Rounds): Catchweight (150 lbs ) (3 Rounds)
You’d hate to see either Julian “Juicy J” Erosa (25-9-0) or Charles Jourdain (11-3-1) lose as both guys are young and exciting. However, what makes them fun is also what could lead to them not seeing the judges’ scorecards here.
Both Jourdain and Erosa have a bag of tricks and it only takes one flying knee or a spinning elbow to put the other to sleep. A submission is also possible. Either way, these guys work fast and it will be a shocker if this one goes to the third.