The Ultimate Fighting Championship is in Houston this weekend for another packed fight card, headlined by Charles Oliveira, taking on former Bellator champion Michael Chandler for the vacant Lightweight title.
Here is a brief UFC 262 betting preview for all you fight fans out there.
UFC 262 Main Event Odds
Win by KO/TKO
Win by Points
Win by Submission
The last time we saw Oliveira, he was dominating former No. 1 lightweight contender Tony Ferguson, winning his eighth fight in a row. He’s a terrific grappler and has a UFC-record 14 submissions, and this fight is his chance to break through and solidify himself as a star.
Chandler has already won a lightweight title in the past at Bellator. He has solid wins over Eddie Alvarez, Benson Henderson, Patrick Pitbull, and Dan Hooker and now looks to take the same championship belt at UFC. He’s a great wrestler and striker and will pose a real challenge to Oliveira.
If you want to bet on Chandler, it’s worth noting that Chandler’s last three wins have been by KO or TKO.
Other Main Card Odds
Tony Ferguson (+140)
Beneil Dariush (-165)
Katlyn Chookagian (-135)
Viviane Araujo (+115)
Shane Burgos (-130)
Edson Barboza (+110)
Matt Schnell (-160)
Rogerio Bontorin (+135)
Tony Ferguson was one of the hottest fighters anywhere in MMA prior to the pandemic. He was on a 12-fight win streak and was set to fight for a belt in April. That got canceled, he took a short-notice fight and lost, and was beat up badly in December by Charles Oliveira. And now he’s the underdog against Beneil Dariush, which wouldn’t have been the case a year ago.
Katlyn Chookagian brings a fierce strike to her fight with Viniane Araujo, whose only loss in the UFC was to former title contender Jessica Eye. This shapes up to be one of the best fights of the entire night.
Both Shane Burgos and Edson Barboza are dynamic strikers who do not engage in grappling, which will make for an exciting fight. In fact, the two fighters have combined for 11 performance of the night bonuses, so you do not want to miss seeing them.
Matt Schnell was supposed to fight Alex Perez in UFC 262, but Perez had to withdraw, and he was replaced by Rogerio Bontorin. Schnell is the more experienced fighter at this level, and while Bontorin does have a style that can give Schnell some trouble, he is the deserved favorite in this one.
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