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UFC Vegas 88: The Perfect Prop Bets

Another week of octagon violence is just around the corner, and I’ve heavily researched the thirteen scheduled bouts for UFC Vegas 88 in order to unpack the most noteworthy MMA props and best UFC bets on March 16.

The Vegas UFC odds for UFC Fight Night are live; my tiresome tape study is complete, so let’s not waste any more time and jump into my perfect proposition bets for this weekend.

UFC Vegas 88: The Perfect Prop Bets
Tai Tuivasa of Australia - Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP

 

UFC Vegas 88 Information

  1. Date & Time: Saturday, March. 16, 2024 – 04:00 p.m. ET
  2. Location: UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada
  3. How to Watch: UFC Fight Pass & ESPN+
  4. Main Event Bout: Tai Tuivasa vs Marcin Tybura
  5. Co-Main Event Bout: Bryan Battle vs. Ange Loosa
  6. No.1 of Scheduled Fights: 13
  7. Biggest UFC Betting Favorite: Kennedy Nzechukwu (-660)
  8. Biggest UFC Betting Underdog: Ovince St. Preux (+435)

 

 

 

UFC Vegas 88 Odds and Spreads

 

Ange Loosa vs Bryan Battle Prop Betting Preview

Throughout his time in the UFC, Battle has routinely gone above and beyond. Many people thought he would not begin his UFC career by winning five of his six fights with four finishes, and nobody anticipated that he would win the Ultimate Fighter (TUF) either. His jiu-jitsu and kickboxing have both improved greatly.

Regarding Loosa, he’s shown that he is a talented multi-instrumentalist. His wrestling has done well at the UFC level, and he is a skilled kickboxer with a tremendous work rate and a level of durability that hasn’t faltered him in 13 professional MMA bouts to date.

 

UFC Vegas Best Prop Bet 1: Over 2 ½ Rounds (-185)

While Battle is a slight favorite in UFC odds on March 16, there shouldn’t be much confidence from bettors as Loosa is already a proven underdog versus the likes of AJ Fletcher.

However, this doesn’t mean there aren’t noteworthy MMA odds to back in this contest. The over/under has sparked my interest strictly because of these men’s durability. Battle and Loosa combined for a record of 20-5-0 and just one of those five losses ended inside the distance.

Both of these welterweights can crack, so it’s understandable why bettors are looking toward the under. In contrast, we should anticipate a relatively calm approach at both ends, and the level of respect for each other’s abilities will likely lead this contest to the scorecards in order to declare a winner.

 

 

  1. Ange Loosa has gone the distance in seven consecutive pro-MMA bouts
  2. Bryan Battle has never been knocked out
  3. Battle has lost just one of his 12 pro-MMA bouts inside the distance
  4. Ange Loosa has never lost inside the distance

Bryan Barberena vs Gerald Meerschaert Prop Betting Preview

Meerschaert has been there and done that, and we are familiar with his strengths. Despite his powerful left hand and vicious left kick, this Southpaw middleweight is most effective when he is in top position on the mat. He will definitely spam submissions and try to win this bout by tapping out his opponent, as it’s been a proven success plan for him thus far in twenty-seven – this isn’t a typo, 27! – of his past bouts.

Conversely, Barberena is a prototypical “technical brawler.” And in most battles of attrition, he wins because he understands how to score well and stay alive amid the mayhem.

 

UFC Vegas 88 Best Prop Bet 2: Under 2 ½ Rounds (-155)

I wouldn’t rush to the UFC betting odds for a moneyline play on Meerschaert at -240, but he certainly owns more paths to victory than Barbera. That said, we aren’t interested in a side, as we go from the over in our previous breakdown to the under in this one.

Two aging fighters with a combined 45 fights ending inside the distance in their respective careers, and the under 2.5 rounds is only -155? Seriously, what am I missing here?

Comparisons between Barberena’s and Meerschaert’s skills aren’t necessary here. Knowing that these men go to war and allowing the judges to intervene has been a rarity during their careers is all you need to know. I double-checked that this line isn’t a trap, and I cannot find any valuable information to argue why the under shouldn’t be -250 or above in BetUs sportsbook.

We’ll hit the under 2½ rounds in this contest and rely on the questionable durability and/or finishing abilities of “GM3” and “Bam Bam” to get the job done.

 

 

  • Meerschaert has gone the distance in just four of his 19 UFC bouts
  • Meerschaert has won 27 pro-MMA bouts via submission
  • Under 2.5 Rounds has landed in three of Barberena’s previous four UFC bouts

 

Our Favorite UFC Vegas 88 Proposition Wagers

 

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