The UFC heads to the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Saturday, June 29. The UFC Minneapolis main event pairs two hard hitting big men with future title implications on the line.
The former title challenger Francis Ngannou (13-3), who is currently the favorite with odds at -260 per many sportsbooks takes on the former champion Junior dos Santos (21-5), who is the underdog of the fight.
Dos Santos is returning on a three-fight win streak, rather than just the two from Ngannou.
This will be an interesting matchup as they are similar on paper, both having power with the right hand and use the left one to conduct traffic in a similar way. Many think the odds should be much closer as JDS has a better defense and we have seen Ngannou lose steam after the first round when his cardio and power starts to diminish.
We believe the most valuable bet here is going with the underdog JDS. If you also think dos Santos will come out with the victory and you are planning on putting some money on the fight, you might want to read SBD rankings of sports gambling operators which are legit to bet on and offer different bonuses you can take advantage of.
Dos Santos lost his heavyweight title to Cain Velasquez in 2012 and he has had several opportunities since to try and reclaim the gold. A loss on Saturday night will most definitely keep the former champion from ever earning another opportunity again.
Ngannou rose quickly to top of the heavyweight heap, but failed to pull the trigger in his title challenge against then champion, Stipe Miocic. Ngannou received even more criticism as he took on the ever-popular Derrick “Black Beast” Lewis at UFC 226. The fight was extremely lackluster to say the least.
Each of the two big men can end the fight in a single punch. It could be a battle of who gets there first. Dos Santos definitely has the experience going on his favor, having been a world champ, and having roughly 10 more professional fights, but will it be enough?
Can Ngannou keep his cardio in check?
We will find out Saturday night.
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