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UFC Vegas 88: Weekly Parlay With a Punch

On March 16, the octagon festivities resume as the UFC returns to the Apex in Las Vegas with an entertaining line-up of MMA brutality.

Heavyweight sluggers Tai Tuivasa and Marcin Tybura will headline UFC Vegas 88, but more importantly, 13 fights are scheduled, thus giving us the perfect opportunity to deliver multiple UFC expert picks for a fight-night parlay.

UFC Vegas 88: Weekly Parlay With a Punch
UFC Vegas 88: Weekly Parlay With a Punch

Continue reading to find the latest edition of the ‘Weekly Parlay with a Punch,’ alongside the most noteworthy UFC odds tonight for this weekend’s UFC Vegas 88 fight card in Sin City.

UFC Vegas 88 Information


UFC Vegas 88 Odds and Spreads


Christian Rodriguez vs Issac Dulgarian Parlay Betting Preview

Christian Rodriguez (10-1-0) is becoming known for knocking off highly touted talents in his rise to prominence, including wins over Raul Rosas Jr. and Cameron Saimon. He’s just 26 years old. His precise fighting skills, calm demeanor, ability to strike with ease, and level of wrestling are impressive for someone his age. Regrettably, he has also been known for missing weight, forcing him to move to Featherweight.

Issac Dulgarian (6-0-0) isn’t as battle-tested as his weekend opponent. Still, his wrestling background, sheer aggression inside the octagon, and clear strength advantage as a natural featherweight have positioned him as a betting favorite this weekend.


UFC Vegas 88 Parlay Pick Leg 1: Dulgarian (-185)

Sure, MMA odds tonight are confusing to some, especially as Cee Rod has destroyed the hype of huge names in the bantamweight division. However, his weight-bullying tactics end this weekend, and although he’s well-versed in all areas of the fight game, he will face the most decorated wrestler he’s fought to date.

Aside from the pure dominance Dulgarian has displayed in his six pro-MMA bouts, which involve a 100% finish rate inside round one, he’s renowned as an elite wrestler who should have more than enough cardio to survive the Rodriguez test.

Naturally, everyone is panicking about Dulgarian being untested beyond the first round. Still, when you take a closer look into his background, you soon realize this won’t be a concern with “The Midwest Choppa,” who possess countless wrestling championships across multiple variations of the sport – freestyle, folkstyle, and Greco-Roman.

Watching Dulgarian smash the hell out of Francis Marshall last time out was an eye-opener. In contrast, despite defeating Rosas Jr., Cee Rod couldn’t defend the takedowns of the youngster until the cardio ran dry.

Now, faced with Dulgarian’s aggression and elite-level wrestling, I honestly believe this fight won’t be close, and Las Vegas UFC Odds aren’t reflecting the upside I expect him to own.



  • Dulgarian is unbeaten and has won six pro and four amateur MMA bouts in round 1
  • Rodriguez makes his debut at featherweight
  • Rodriguez couldn’t handle the wrestling of Jonathan Pearce in his UFC debut


Ode Osbourne vs Jafel Filho Parlay Betting Preview

In his Dana White Contender Series breakout fight, Jafel Filho (15-3) knocked out Robert Echeverria, who had never lost a contest before. Filho next faced Muhammed Mokaev, who Mokaev submitted after suffering a serious knee injury, as the Brazilian nearly snapped his damn leg before eventually losing. Four months later, after surviving a disastrous first minute, “Pastor” choked out Daniel Barez, improving his record to 6-1 in the last seven, and he’ll be licking his chops at facing an opponent who’s deficient in grappling situations this weekend.

Ode Osbourne (12-6) secured his spot in the UFC with an armbar to Armando Villareal’s stomach in the first round of his Contender Series bout, but he went on to lose the next two fights. After getting back on track with a 3-1 run, he was then derailed by Asu Almabayev, who made it four losses inside the distance for “The Jamaican Sensation.


UFC Vegas 88 Parlay Pick Leg 2: Filho (-155)

Filho is a submission specialist, and he’s come closer than most to breaking the impressive win streak of a top-division prospect in Mokaev. Sure, he lost said bout, but he bounced back in style last time out, proved his durability on the feet, and showed the world how he can battle through dangerous moments to come out on top.

Osbourne will want to keep this standing, but unfortunately, his skills to accomplish this cannot be trusted. On several occasions, “The Jamaican Sensation” has surrendered to his opponent’s grappling prowess, and there’s a great chance we’ll witness a similar situation this weekend.

Filho’s durability is a noteworthy factor; he’s never been knocked out during his pro career. Regarding his BJJ skills, most lower-ranked flyweights will struggle to handle his relentless pressure, and I expect him to be one of the best UFC bets tonight at a respectable price of -155.



  • All 4 of Osbourne’s UFC losses were by submission or KO/TKO
  • 90% of Filho’s career pro wins were by KO/TKO or submission


UFC Vegas 88 2-Leg Parlay


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