The rawness that is an integral part of any MMA bout is what makes the sport such a success with fans and bookmakers. Similar to other contact sports, especially boxing, the adrenalin factor is always at an all-time high, and that adds to the excitement created all around, from the moment of the fight’s scheduling until the time a victor stands tall in the octagon. It is this surge of energy that attracts punters to MMA and the fact that its players are often larger than life increases the thrill of watching and betting on the sport.
Before any bettor decides to look into sports betting, it is essential that they do a little bit of homework. This includes the understanding of the sports as well as its players, and a somewhat detailed analysis of their strengths and weaknesses. It might seem like a dreary job, but when money-making is involved, knowledge goes a long way to securing profitable returns.
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The new year is quite exciting already with lots of MMA fights scheduled or in the pipeline. We look at a few that are sure to be a pleasure to watch and bet.
Dominick Reyes vs Volkan Oezdemir
Reyes has been turning heads since his KO that went viral in 2017 and hasn’t so far looked back. Enthusiastic bettors have taken his no-holds-barred approach in the octagon seriously as he becomes a favourite with many fans. As stated on ESPN.com, Reyes will take on Oezdemir in Mid-March at UFC Fight Night in London. A victory here can make him a top contender for the light heavyweight belt. At present Reyes has the perfect 10-0 record in comparison to Oezdemir’s 14-3-0. Although both players are almost alike in terms of age, height, weight, and reach, Reyes is the favourite with bookmakers and punters who will be hoping for another KO decision in this fight.
Marlon Moraes vs Raphael Assuncao
UFC Fight Night 144 will see the rematch between the two contenders who first met in 2017. The result of the previous match was controversial but saw Raphael come out on top. This time around Raphael is listed by bookmakers at -166 whereas Marlon’s odds are around +200. Both the players have won their respective fights over the last year, but with a possible chance of getting a shot at the 135-pound title, they will definitely get into the octagon all guns blazing.
Robert Whittaker vs Kelvin Gastelum
Title bouts are always exciting events for fans and punters as the energy in the stadiums goes up a few notches whenever the stakes are high. Whittaker will defend his UFC Middleweight title in the upcoming fight against the American Gastelum. The odds are already out with Whittaker listed at -250 and Gastelum at +180. The match will take place in Australia. However, Gastelum needs to be careful about what he consumes especially since the last time when his victory over Vitor Belfort was overturned due to his marijuana use.