Betting Odds For UFC 262 Scheduled For May 15 In Houston Texas
The UFC will show up at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on May 15 with a pay-per-view card. UFC 262 is stacked from top to bottom with exciting fights that will end in the Main Event, where the UFC lightweight championship will be on the line. The Main Event will feature a fight between Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira for the vacant championship belt Khabib Nurmagomedov relinquishes.
Our MMA experts break down 3 fights for you on this card, give you the betting odds, break down the fights and share their predictions about who they think will win.
Chandler vs. Oliveira
Dustin Poirier was supposed to get a crack at the lightweight championship, but he chose to have a third fight with Conor McGregor instead as he gets a bigger payday. Charles Oliveira was next in line to fight with the title, and the UFC decided to match him up with Michael Chandler, who had an impressive UFC debut when he KO’d Dan Hooker in the first round.
Oliveira has been on a tear in the UFC and has raked up a string of wins that have put him in light for a title shot. He goes in as the betting favorite with odds of 1.72, while Chandler has odds of 2.10. Oliveira’s biggest strength is on the ground, as he is a master at submissions.
However, during his last couple of fights, he has shown that he has improved significantly with his striking and is now a big threat after defeating Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee in his last two fights. While he is the betting favorite, he isn’t going to have it easy with Michael Chandler, a great wrestler and has KO power, as he showed in his fight with Hooker.
This will be a five-round match and if it enters the championships rounds, cardio will play a big role in determining the winner. Michael Chandler is a beast when it comes to cardio and could have the edge if Oliveira does not finish in the first three rounds. This fight is hard to call because Oliveira can pull off a submission at any stage.
However, we will bet on Chandler for this fight as we believe his wrestling skills, takedown defense, and cardio will help him get the win over Oliveira.
Ferguson vs. Dariush
Tony Ferguson, who once had an unbeaten streak of his own at lightweight, lost his last two fights. He now takes on Beneil Dariush, who has won his last 6 fights in a row and hence goes in as the betting favorite with odds of 1.66 while Ferguson has odds of 2.25. Dariush will want to get a win here and make a push for a title shot.
Ferguson will not mind that he is the underdog for this fight, as El Cucuy does well when he has his back to the wall. Ferguson has made significant changes to his training as his last two fights showed that he had holes in his striking and ground game. Ferguson is good at putting his opponents under pressure with a relentless pace, exhausting them and then taking them apart.
Dariush is good on the ground and has a good striking but has shown in previous fights that he can get tired quickly. If Ferguson can avoid getting hit in the first couple of rounds and push the pace, he should be able to win. We are going to put our money on Ferguson.
Burgos vs. Barboza
This fight will start the main card, and you can expect this to be a banger. Burgos is as tough as they come and has great striking. However, he is up against a veteran in Edson Barboza who is looking to make a run at featherweight for the title. The UFC believes in Barboza as they just signed a new 6 fight contract with him. Barboza is the underdog for this fight with odds of 2.00, while Burgos is the favorite with odds of 1.80.
This is another tough fight to call, but Burgos can take the punishment that Barboza hands out and give out some strong punishment of his own. We think Burgos will win by decision.
Other Great Fights
Apart from these three fights, you will find several exciting fights on this card. Jacare Souza is the betting favorite 1.80 against Andre Muniz at middleweight, who has odds of 2.00. At the same time, Andrea Lee is the underdog 2.50 in her fight against Antonina Shevchenko 1.57, who is the sister of UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko.