Two UFC Fight Night Cards That You Can Bet On In August 2021
The UFC took a break from hosting fights every weekend as UFC President Dana White took a break and went on vacation. The number one MMA promotion in the world is back in action as we have two UFC Fight Night cards scheduled to take place at the UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas on August 21 and 28.
We take a look at the top fights on both these cards, check out betting odds, and get our experts to predict who they think will win.
UFC Fight Night – Cannonier vs. Gastellum
This UFC Fight Night card will take place on August 21 and will be headlined by an exciting middleweight clash between number 3 ranked Jared Cannonier vs. number 9 ranked Kelvin Gastelum. The bookmakers have Cannonier as the betting favorite with odds of 1.66, while Gastelum has odds of 2.25.
Cannonier hasn’t fought in 2021, and his last fight was back in October 2020 when he lost to Robert Whittaker by decision. JC was disappointed with his performance against Whittaker as a win would have definitely got him very close to a title fight. Cannonier will be keen on putting in an impressive performance against Gastelum, which will likely move him closer to a title shot.
Gastelum is also coming off a loss to Robert Whittaker. The two fought in April 2021, and Whittaker won by decision. Gastelum knows a loss to Cannonier will push him out of the top 10 rankings and make it all the more difficult for him to have a run at the UFC middleweight championship again.
Verdict: We think Gastelum will use his wrestling and get the better of Cannonier to win by decision.
Clay Guida vs. Mark Madsen
The co-main event will see UFC veteran Clay Guida take on the undefeated Danish fighter Mark Madsen. Most UFC fans will know how Clay Guida is, but not many will recognize Madsen, an Olympic silver medallist and a 4-time medallist at the World Wrestling Championships.
Guida loves to stand and bang, but he will not get much of a chance to do that with Madsen. The strategy from Madsen will be to take Guida down, dominate him, and submit him if possible. Bookmakers have Madsen as the favorite with odds of 1.58, while Guida has odds of 2.40.
Verdict: We think Madsen will be too skilled for Guida and expect Madsen to win by TKO via ground and pound or submission.
Some of the other exciting fights on this card include a heavyweight bout between Chase Sherman and Parker Porter, Austin Hubbard and Vinc Pichel at lightweight, and a fantastic flyweight scrap between Brandon Royval and Alexandre Pantoja.
UFC Fight Night – Barboza vs. Chikadze
This UFC Fight Night card will take place on August 28 and be headlined by an exciting featherweightbout between number 9 ranked Edson Barboza, and number 10 ranked GigaChikadze. The bookmakers currently have both fighters at 1.90, although we expect the odds to shift slightly in Chikadze’s favour as we get close to the fight.
Edson Barboza is one of the most feared strikers in the UFC and is now making a run at featherweight after dropping down from lightweight. The Brazilian is known for his explosive kicks and toughness. Giga Chikadze believes he is the best striker in the featherweight division, and his fights have been super exciting from the minute the bell rings.
This fight has all the ingredients it needs to win a fight of the night or performance of the night bonus. Both fighters prefer to stand and strike instead of taking it to the ground. We think Chikadze might have a slight edge in the striking department during the first two rounds as he likes to go all out early on and see if he can finish his opponent.
Chikadze does get tired as the right progresses, and given this is going to be a 5 round fight, things should favour Barboza as the fight progresses.
Verdict: This will be the toughest test for Chikadze to date. We think Barboza will get the win by decision.
Sam Alvey vs. Wellington Turman
If you like to see another stand-and-bang fight, don’t miss Sam Alvey vs. Wellington Turman, which will headline the prelims. Alvey goes in as the betting underdog with odds of 2.25, while Turman has odds of 1.66.
Sam Alvey has been on a losing streak in both the lightweight and middleweight division. If he loses this fight, he faces the possibility of being cut from the UFC. Turman has one win in his last four fights, and a loss could also see him being cut.
Verdict: We think Turman will get the job done and win by KO.