UFC 293 is gearing up to take the stage at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney this Saturday, featuring an exciting middleweight title showdown between the talented Israel Adesanya and the formidable Sean Strickland. While the rest of the fight card might not be as thrilling, it does offer a strong showing of fighters from the region and those representing City Kickboxing. So, expect the Australian crowd to bring some lively energy to the event. And of course, where there’s a fight, there’s betting, so let’s dive into the odds.
As always, we’ve got the odds courtesy of our friends at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Tai Tuivasa, +200
Just take a look at Tai Tuivasa up there – that grin and flow are unbeatable! Are you really going to bet against this guy? But, jokes aside, there’s real value in Tuivasa this weekend. Alexander Volkov is towering and utilizes kicks and straight punches effectively. However, his footwork can be described as plodding, which should play into Tuivasa’s strengths. Tai Tuivasa might be a bit one-dimensional, but he’s incredibly durable and excels in a rough-and-tumble style, especially in close quarters. With Volkov’s footwork, Tuivasa should find his way to those critical spots. And as Tuivasa himself says, he’s ready for a showdown.
Tyson Pedro, -110
Pedro is set to face Anton Turkalj in a main card light heavyweight bout, and the odds favor him in this matchup. While Pedro is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, he’s recently been making waves with his striking, which may not be flashy but is undoubtedly powerful. Turkalj, on the other hand, relies on his grappling skills. Unfortunately for him, he’s not a strong wrestler, and Pedro’s superior athleticism should allow him to keep pace in any grappling exchanges. Overall, this fight seems to align well for Pedro, as long as he can avoid fatigue.
Israel Adesanya To Win By KO/TKO/DQ, -105
I’ve penned a comprehensive breakdown of this fight elsewhere, but here’s the gist: Adesanya is the clear favorite here. Strickland simply doesn’t possess the tools to contend with Adesanya’s skill set. So, the only question is whether this bout resembles Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier or Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa. Given Strickland’s tendency to move forward, I’m leaning towards the latter.
Jamie Mullarkey To Win By Decision, +110
Mullarkey holds a significant size advantage over John Makdessi, is nearly a decade younger, and boasts a more versatile skill set. Typically, in matchups like these, one fighter tends to come out on top. While Mullarkey has shown moments of inconsistency, Makdessi hasn’t finished an opponent since 2015. Conversely, Makdessi has demonstrated exceptional durability in his career. Therefore, expect Mullarkey to secure a decision win with a substantial amount of grappling involved.
Parlay of the Week (and Long Shot of the Week)
For an event like this, there’s only one parlay worth considering: the City Kickboxing Parlay! UFC 293 features six fighters from City Kickboxing, and combining their odds in a parlay promises some high-stakes excitement. Moreover, since it’s a six-leg parlay, including an underdog, the odds are sky-high, making it the Long Shot of the week. Get ready for a thrilling ride.
Israel Adesanya, -650
Refer to the earlier analysis.
Tyson Pedro, -110
Again, see the previous breakdown.
Carlos Ulberg, -270
Ulberg might just surprise everyone. He’s demonstrated impressive striking skills, and I believe his combination of power and finesse will be too much for his opponent, the solid yet limited Jung.
Blood Diamond, +260
This one’s a bit of a wildcard. Blood Diamond, also known as Mike Mathetha, isn’t known for his skill but likely has a UFC contract due to his association with City Kickboxing. Fortunately for him, his opponent, Charlie Radtke, AKA “Chuck Buffalo,” isn’t a world-beater either. If Diamond can keep the fight standing, victory could be within his reach.
Shane Young, -162
Young has faced tough challenges recently, but this is his opportunity for a comeback. Gabriel Miranda has a history of losing to top-notch opponents, and he’s a seasoned veteran. That should be enough for Young.
Kevin Jousset, -155
Jousset may not be the flashiest prospect, but he’s solid and durable. Similar to Shane Young, he’s facing an opponent who hasn’t exactly proven himself against top competition. Kiefer Crosby’s recent opponents include Brian Lo-A-Njoe (!!!!!), an out-of-form Alex Oliveira, and an influencer boxing match against Aaron Chalmers. It’s a typical UFC 2023 matchup.
Combine these six bets into a parlay for +2791 odds. Talk about a thrilling gamble!
After a rough time at UFC 292 (I swear, the Long Shot seemed so close, and many prop bets looked promising), we took a brief hiatus. But now, we’re back and ready to take some calculated risks. Can we bounce back in a big way? Stay tuned to find out!
Until next week, enjoy the fights, gamble responsibly, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC 293 Betting Preview: Adesanya
What is the main event of UFC 293?
The main event of UFC 293 features a middleweight title matchup between Israel Adesanya and Sean Strickland.
Are there any notable undercard fights to watch?
While the rest of the card might not be as exciting, there are 10 fighters from the region or representing City Kickboxing, making for some interesting matchups for fans.
Where can I find the odds for the fights?
All odds for the fights in UFC 293 are provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
Why should I consider betting on Tai Tuivasa?
Tai Tuivasa is seen as a strong bet due to his ability to navigate around Alexander Volkov’s plodding footwork. Tuivasa’s durability and roughhouse fighting style make him a compelling option.
What’s the key factor favoring Tyson Pedro in his fight?
Tyson Pedro’s strength lies in his grappling skills and athleticism, which should give him the edge against his opponent, Anton Turkalj.
What’s the main prediction for the Israel Adesanya vs. Sean Strickland fight?
The prediction is that Israel Adesanya is likely to win, given Strickland’s lack of tools to compete effectively. The only question is whether it resembles Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier or Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa.
Why is Jamie Mullarkey expected to win by decision?
Mullarkey’s size advantage, youth, and well-rounded skillset make him a strong candidate to win by decision, especially against John Makdessi, who hasn’t finished an opponent since 2015.
Tell me more about the City Kickboxing Parlay.
The City Kickboxing Parlay is a six-fighter parlay that combines the odds of fighters from City Kickboxing in UFC 293. It’s an exciting and high-stakes bet, with Israel Adesanya, Tyson Pedro, Carlos Ulberg, Blood Diamond, Shane Young, and Kevin Jousset all included for some thrilling gambling action.
Can you summarize the overall betting advice for UFC 293?
While the card may have some less exciting fights, there are compelling opportunities to bet on fighters like Tai Tuivasa and Tyson Pedro. The main event favors Israel Adesanya, and the City Kickboxing Parlay promises high odds for those looking for a long shot. Remember to gamble responsibly and check local gambling laws.