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UFC Vegas 85: Weekly Parlay With a Punch

On February 3, at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to our screens with UFC Vegas 85, and there’s only one thing on my mind: MMA odds!

Roman Dolidze and Nassourdine Imavov will top the card for the evening’s main event, but a total of 13 scheduled fights allows us to dissect the perfect UFC betting parlay.

UFC Vegas 85: Weekly Parlay With a Punch
UFC Vegas 85: Weekly Parlay With a Punch

Continue reading for the latest edition of the Weekly Parlay with a Punch.’

 

UFC Vegas 85 Information

1. Date/Time: Saturday, February. 3, 2024 – 04:00 p.m. ET
2. Location: UFC Apex, Las Vegas
3. How to Watch: UFC Fight Pass / ESPN+
4. Main Event Bout: Roman Dolidze vs Nassourdine Imavov
5. Co-Main Event Bout: Renato Moicano vs Drew Dober

 

Randy Brown vs Muslim Salikhov Parlay Betting Preview

Sure, the UFC odds are slightly juiced, but that’s the beauty of our parlay with a punch; we can slurp it down knowing that we aren’t forced to pay 2.8u on a fighter of Brown’s caliber. With that said, it’s time to put some respect on the “Rude Boys” name because he’s currently riding the best win/loss streak of his career with a 5-1 record from his previous six bouts.

Opposite Brown stands Muslim Salikhov, one of the rare Russian fighters that don’t fall back on an offensive wrestling style. I would’ve been hesitant to fade Salikhov 2-3 years ago, but at age 39, he doesn’t quite have the speed and dexterity to keep pace with the younger generation of the welterweight division.

 

UFC Vegas 85 Parlay Pick Leg 1: Brown Moneyline (-280)

Based on past performances, we can expect a standup war between Brown and Salikhov, and the latter will undoubtedly be trying to pressure his way on the inside. However, an 8-inch reach advantage will be a huge obstacle, and outside of an early knockout, it’s difficult to envision Salikhov landing more significant strikes across the 15-minute time limit.

 

  1. Brown has only lost to a top contender in Maddalena since 2021 (5 wins, 1 loss).
  2. Salikhov has surpassed the glory years of his career at age 39.

 

 

Charles Radtke vs Gilbert Urbina Parlay Betting Preview

While I question the UFC’s decision-making to place this bout on the main card, it is what it is, and an Ultimate Fighter alum in Gilbert Urbina is currently priced at -210 in our sportsbook for good reasons.

Despite owning a small 7-2-0 record, the Weslaco, Texas native has competed versus a stiff level of competition and aged just 27; we should begin to notice his progressing skillset each time he steps in the octagon.

Standing three inches above six feet behind a 75” reach, Urbina’s weekend opposition, Charles Radtke, is tough, but that doesn’t assist him with such a significant size discrepancy.

 

UFC Vegas 85 Parlay Pick Leg 2: Urbina Moneyline (-210)

We watched Urbina beat the crap out of Orion Cosce last May, and to be honest, Radtke feels like an awfully similar style of opponent. I believe the UFC sees something special in Urbina, and despite having three losses on his record, it’s easy to see that he’s receiving a gift this weekend with an opponent in Radtke who lost to a 1-0-0 fighter not so long ago.

 

  1. Radtke lost by KO/TKO to a 1-0-0 opponent in 2021
  2. None of Radtke’s past opponents have more than six fights on their record
  3. Urbina owns a six-inch height and three-inch reach advantage

 

 

Charles Johnson vs Azat Maksum Parlay Betting Preview

There’s nothing I love more than a young and hungry prospect specializing in one area of the fight game, and that’s exactly what we’ll see this weekend with Kazakhstan’s Azat Maksum.

Maksum, 29, completed his European regional scene tenure with a 16-0 undefeated record, with 11 of those bouts ending via KO/TKO or submission. While he can certainly hold his own in striking exchanges, it’s the wrestling area where Maksum truly excels. Don’t be surprised if he’s in top position for most of his bout with Charles Johnson this Saturday.

Johnson, 33, is riding a 3-fight losing streak, and although his defensive wrestling attributes aren’t the worst, his kryptonite has been chained takedown attempts, and that’s precisely what Maksum will do.

 

UFC Vegas 85 Parlay Pick Leg 3: Maksum Moneyline (-225)

With the potential of his job at risk, don’t expect Johnson to start sluggish as he has done in the past; he may even enter the octagon as a man possessed. However, this won’t help him mitigate the grappling excellence of Maksum, a fighter who managed to land two takedowns on Tyson Nam last time out, becoming the first to do so against a fighter that had previously prevented every takedown in over 30 pro-MMA bouts and making him a perfect UFC betting pick to close this parlay.

 

  1. Johnson has lost three consecutive UFC bouts
  2. Maksum is undefeated (17-0)
  3. Johnson doesn’t pose a knockout threat

 

 

UFC 297 3-Leg Parlay

1. Randy Brown Moneyline
2. Gilbert Urbina Moneyline
3. Azat Maksum Moneyline

 

  • Odds: +190
  • Profit: $100 to win $190
  • Total Return: $290

 

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