UFC 219 is set to take place this Saturday night (Dec. 30) in Las Vegas, Nevada, and let us just say that it does not scream”caliber” like previous end-of-year UFC cards.
The UFC piles its card of the year in the top to base. Instead, in 2017, we get a main event between Holly Holm and Cris Cyborg. While it has the potential to be a fantastic fight, it doesn’t necessarily scream”purchase this pay-per-view!”
This is also an extremely hard card to bet on as there aren’t lots of fights which you can get a strong read on. Many of the favorites, like Cyborg and Khabib Nurmagomedov, deserve to be overwhelming favorites, yet could also readily get merked by their competitions. Danger lurks.
That said, we need to make a few plays. So let’s do the best we can to find some golden underdogs, a few worthy props, and a rewarding softball. Also checking out my Best Bets for UFC Futures from last week, in which I suggested a few’dogs (Carla Esparza and Neil Magny) who hold some value.
Golden Underdogs
Middleweight: Marvin Vettori (-222) vs. Omari Akhmedov (+187)
At first glance, this moneyline at BetOnline seems perfectly acceptable, but when you take a closer look at this preliminary matchup, it is possible to get some solid reasons to take the dog in Omari”The Wolverine” Akhmedov (17-4).
Even though Marvin Vettori (12-3) is a larger fighter who loves to throw , averaging 3.13 significant strikes landed per minute, he doesn’t possess enough power to take Akhmedov out through (T)KO, therefore this battle might end up being a grappling event. While Akhmedov has shown in the past he has some power in his own hands (seven wins by knockout and also two”Battle of the Night” bonuses at the UFC), where he really shines is in the wrestling section. The Dagestani grappler could easily end up controlling the struggle if the bulk is spent in the clinch or around the mat.
The sole kryptonite I see for Akhmedov is that his gasoline tank. Will he hit a cardio wall just like he did in successive knockout losses to Sergio Moraes and Elizeu Zaleski? In both of those losses, Akhmedov started strong but faded badly in the later rounds.
He followed those declines with two hard-working decision wins over Kyle Noke and Abdul Razak Alhassan, the latter an upset at UFC Fight Night 109. At the moment I am leaning towards”The Wolverine’s” hard palms and wrestling acumen for a second possibly profitable upset.

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