For each UFC card, I will provide three significant UFC betting picks that have the opportunity to increase your bankroll. This week we’re looking at the MMA odds for UFC Vegas 26 between Marina Rodriguez and Michelle Waterson. Let’s get into the MMA betting picks and start cashing on some of these big-hitting tickets.
MMA Betting Picks: UFC Vegas 26: Rodriguez vs. Waterson
Carlston Harris wins inside the distance +175
Kicking off UFC Vegas 26 is a debuting fighter, Carlston Harris, taking on Christian Aguilera. This fight looks like it will be an action-packed contest between Aguilera’s aggressiveness and Harris’ well-rounded skillset. Aguilera has shown deficiencies in both his grappling and striking defense throughout his career. Harris should look for the takedown early and often to neutralize the threat, which could lead to a TKO or submission finish. For those who can’t decide on who to back in this contest, the under 2.5 rounds sits at -130.
Ben Rothwell -115
Ben Rothwell is one of MMA’s pioneers, with 51 fights against legendary competition. Yes, he’s still competing at the age of 39, but heavyweights tend to have longer careers than other weight classes. Rothwell is facing Philipe Lins, former PFL tournament winner and $1 million man. Lins has disappointed in the UFC, dropping back-to-back fights to Andrei Arlovski and Tanner Boser. Lins’ chances are not great against one of the trickiest heavyweights ever. Rothwell combines size, strength, awkwardness and activity to outperform his foes. Rothwell has started to take more damage in the later stages of his career, but his pressure and size could give Lins fits throughout. The odds should be much wider in Rothwell’s favor.
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Jun Yong Park +120
In the surprising pick of the night, Jun Yong Park has a good shot to be victorious against Tafon Nchukwi. Many people have been impressed with Nchukwi to this point, and he will turn out to be a challenging fighter within the division, but he’s green within MMA. Nchukwi only has five MMA bouts in his professional career and hasn’t truly been tested against a UFC caliber opponent. Park is a well-rounded fighter who could test Nchukwi’s wrestling. He can compete on the feet but will have to solidify rounds via takedowns. It will definitely be a close fight, but Park is solid as the slight underdog at +120.
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