UFC Fight Night 230 Betting Tips
It’s been a very busy time for the powers that be at the UFC lately. At the top of their list they’ve had to deal with the build-up to and fallout from Khabib Nurmagomedov’s win over Conor McGregor.
The fight between the two men was arguably the biggest in the UFC’s history but the brawl that broke out afterwards caused the biggest headache as Dan White and his fellow executives had to decide on who was at fault and what sort of punishments should be handed out.
All the noise and publicity Khabib v Conor caused left one unresolved issue to go under the radar – the lack of a fight to headline the UFC’s annual trip to Madison Square Garden.
The eventual announcement of the UFC 230 headliners kept fight fans on their toes but the heavyweight championship bout between Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis should more than make up for the wait.
Cormier vs Lewis
Technically, Cormier vs Lewis is a joint headline fight but there’s no doubt that this is the one that most has UFC fans talking. (Fight will be on the 4th of November at 1pm)
A major part of the intrigue is that both men said that they would not be fighting at MSG. Cormier cited a hand injury as the reason he wouldn’t be in New York while Lewis has suggested that he is not yet ready for a world title fight.
Another plus point for this fight is that both men come into it on the back of highly impressive win.
39-year-old Cormier showed that there is plenty of fight left in the old dog when he scored a knockout win over Stipe Miocic. Cormier actually used his nous to full effect in that fight, getting away from trouble against the cage to utilise his striking power.
Lewis, too, showed some nous but the main takeaway from his knockout win over Alexander Volkov was the amount of heart that he showed. It looked at one point as though the doctor would have to stop the fight because of swelling to Lewis’ eye but he fought on, refused to give in and eventually landed a late blow that changed the fight entirely and allowed him to finish Volkov off.
There aren’t many men who could take the sort of punishment that Lewis did against Volkov and carry on fighting. That display has led some UFC fans to suggest that he could actually thrive when handed his title fight.
The best Australian bookies don’t agree.
Cormier is the heavy odds-on favourites across the board. We don’t believe that the champion is going to have things all his own way and he’ll certainly need to work for the win but it’s tough to make too much of a case for Lewis actually winning the fight.
If you fancy betting at very short odds, you can back Cormier to win at $1.14 with Unibet. However, we prefer the $1.75 that Unibet are quoting on the champ winning by KO or TKO.
Lewis is the younger man but it’s only been a few weeks since he last fought and there’s a feeling that he’s been thrown into this fight. He could well win the heavyweight belt in the future but this has just come too early for him.
Chris Weidman vs Ronaldo Souza
Chris Weidman is the bookies’ favourite against Ronaldo Souza and for good reason. “The All-American” is number three in the middleweight division but will need to be on his toes to get the better of the man ranked fifth in the division.
Weidman will get great support given that he is from New York state and we think he’ll give the fans something to cheer about by winning at $1.58 with bet365.
David Branch vs Jared Cannonier
David Branch v Jared Cannonier is a very interesting all American middleweight fight. Cannonier is working hard to progress up the rankings and is more dangerous than the odds of $3.90 that Palmerbet are quoting suggest. This is one underdog who could well upset the odds.
UFC Fight Night 230 Top Betting Tips
Daniel Cormier to beat Derrick Lewis by KO or TKO at $1.75 with Unibet
Chris Weidman to beat Ronaldo Souza at $1.58 with bet365
Jared Cannonier to beat David Branch at $3.90 with Palmerbet