UFC 223 is quite a way away, what with it being in April of this year. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about it and prepare for it. There have already been a number of fights announced and there could still be more added for one of the most eagerly anticipated UFC events of this year. It is one that will dominate the headlines and already has a great deal of people talking.
As with boxing, where build up lasts for months on end, people love talking about UFC events well before the fighters are ready to step into the Octagon. Gennady Golovkin’s boxing bout with Saul Alvarez is hyped even though they won’t be fighting until May. There is over a month to go until Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker go toe to toe, yet there are reams of Joshua Parker betting previews being written for people who love to bet when they watch fighters go head to head. Good gamblers know that planning ahead, that tracking what is happening well before the fight is on the horizon, can lead to better results when you finally feel it is time to have a flutter.
Bookmakers are getting better and better at taking punters money so it is very important to prepare, to read up and to start considering who to bet on well before the event actually starts. Betting nowadays is about keeping track of trends, of analysing form and a myaria of factors in order to arrive at the correct decision and the right bet to make. That is why, even though UFC 223 is a little while away, it makes sense to look the already scheduled fights now and start considering where the value in the market might be.
It is a good idea to consider who you are going to bet on, what you are going to bet on as well as what are the factors that could change between now and when the fighters touch gloves that could cause you to change your bet. That is why, we thought it would be a good idea to preview and explore the fights that have been set for UFC 223 in Brooklyn and consider where the value might lie in the market. So here are our tips for UFC 223.
Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
A little down the card is the bout between Lauzon and Gruetzemacher. It is not necessarily a match to get the pulses racing, however it is one that has a lot of interesting aspects to it as they clash in the lightweight division. Lauzon is a fighter with a great deal of experience having participated in 42 bouts. Unfortunately for the United States born fighter, 15 of them have been defeated and he looks like he might be struggling to get his career on an even keel. Gruetzemacher, while not a serial winner, has a much higher winning percentage, having lost only 3 of his 16 fights, and the smart money is on him picking up his 14th win.
Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder
This is another fight that will not be grabbing anyone but will still throw up some great competition. It sees a ranked competitor getting the chance to work his way closer to the top of his division Iaquinta might be number 10 but he has the same amount of wins as Felder, making it another interesting bout, with the two having near identical records. I think Iaquinta will be pumped and ready, so bet on him to take this showdown.
Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
One of the two bouts that has a belt on the line at UFC 223, Namajunas and Jędrzejczyk are, without doubt, two of the best straweights on the circuit and this will be a battle for the ages. Jędrzejczyk is more experienced but Namajunas has the belt for a reason. It is also, of course, not the first meeting between the two. This one will be close but bet on Jędrzejczyk to just shade it.
Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
The big one, a fight that has been much hyped and that everyone is excited to see. Ferguson has the experience but Nurmagomedov has the power and the skill to defeat him. It will be a brutal fight, with few punches pulled, but Nurmagomedov looks like he has the beating of Ferguson and is the safe and smart bet.
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