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UFC 277: A True Underdog Story – Jay’s Betting picks



Being just one day out from UFC 277 in Dallas, Texas, the betting lines have alternated and settled throughout the week, leaving punters with some extremely enticing underdogs on the cards and some exciting selections that are currently sitting at + money.

In this article, I will look at some of the underdogs on the card and give my selection for each of those fights. As well as that, I will look at some attractive picks that are currently sitting at + money. All UFC 277 odds are correct at the time of writing, and are in correlation with Unibet betting site. In no way is this betting advice, please gamble responsibly.

Alex Morono – (+128)

(Credit: Alex Morono

There is no doubt this is an extremely close match-up on paper as both fighters are undoubtedly going to be prepared for war. “The Great White” is coming into the bout with a 3 fight win streak, with those 3 wins coming against a high level of competition. Even before his loss to MMA legend, Anthony Pettis, Morono scored a win over current Cage Warriors Welterweight champion, Rhys McKee. The long-standing UFC fighter is extremely accomplished when it comes to the ground game as he is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Vinicius Magalhaes’ tutelage. Despite his Jiu-Jitsu acumen, he is also dangerous on the feet, and in his last 2 fights, he has landed 90 significant strikes back-to-back.

The previous college footballer, Matt Semelsberger handed AJ Fletcher his first loss on his last outing, taking the unanimous decision victory, and will be the featured prelim in consecutive fights. In preparing for his fight with “Semi The Jedi”, Fletcher sought out the help of one Alex Morono, despite that not paying off. Something that Semelsberger showed a slight pitfall in against Fletcher was his ground defence. And that is something that Morono may want to take advantage of on Saturday nights featured prelim bout.

My pick: Alex Morono via Decision (+235) or Alex Morono to win (+128)

Nicolae Negumereanu (-121)

Nicolae and the “Duelist”, Potieria were scheduled to meet back in March, however Potieria pulled out of the bout.

Despite “Nicu” not being the clear betting underdog, the line has switched endlessly for his bout with Ihor Potieria, and on some sites, you can get Nicolae at even money. Since his UFC debut loss back in 2019, the Romanian has gone on to win 3 fights in a row against some tough competitors, but only just getting the nod in 2 of those bouts. His most recent win came against the “African Savage” Kennedy Nzechukwu and during the bout, exhibited his toughness.

(Credit: Nicolae Negumereanu

“Nicu” and Potieria have had similar paths on their way to the UFC as Poiteira has also faced some questionable opponents outside of the promotion. Despite that, in his Contender Series bout, Potieria made relatively easy work of tough Pole, Lukasz Sudolski.

I feel the deciding factor in this fight will be the experience fighting a higher level of opponent, and that advantage lies with Negumereanu.

My pick: Negumereanu via decision (+300) or Negumereanu to win (-121)

As well as the moneyline selections listed, there are several prop bets that could be profitable. In the co-main event we see a rematch of a bout in which the first lived up to all expectations and became a close battle between to stand-out Flyweights. Kara-France won the first round between the 2 with some heavy leg kicks to Moreno’s lead leg landing 15/20, trying to put a halt to Moreno’s crisp boxing heavy style. In spite of what the general consensus is of the fight now, there is no denying the fight was a closely contested one. “Don’t Blink” Kara-France is currently +340 to win by decision, and I think that could be an underrated pick.

Whilst fighting in the UFC since 2014, “The Black Beast”, Derrick Lewis has fought in the state of Texas a total of 5 times, winning 3 of them. His most 2 recent losses have came whilst fighting in The Lone Star State. Lewis has fought a total of 9 Europeans in his UFC tenure, impressively going 8-1 in those situations (credit @AndyHickeyMMA for stat). We may see Lewis deploy a wrestling heavy style for this one, and in his loss to Tuivasa, he landed 2 takedowns of an attempted 4.

Pavlovich on the other-hand has only tasted defeat once so far in his MMA career, with that loss coming to Overeem. 12 of the Russians 15 victories have came in the very first round with him clearly not trusting judges. Despite Lewis’ vast experience, I like the selection of Pavlovich by KO/TKO at +108.

Which UFC 277 underdogs will enter your bet slip?


Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov OUT, Dilano Taylor & Juan Adams IN | PFL 8



Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov have unfortunately been ruled out of their PFL semi-final playoff this weekend against Rory MacDonald & Matheus Scheffel as they were unable to secure a visa to enter the United Kingdom. The news was announced by PFL just moments ago.

Magomed Umalatov will now be replaced by welterweight alternate Dilano Taylor, whilst Golstov will now be replaced by former UFC heavyweight Juan Adams.

PFL 8 will take place at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena this Saturday, August 13th. You can find the updated fight card for the event below.

PFL 8 Full Card

Post Main Card European Qualifiers:

Will Fleury vs Anthony Salamone

Nathan Kelly vs Ben Ellis

Vojto Barborík vs Maxim Radu

Francesco Nuzzi vs Moktar Benkaci

Main card

Dilano Taylor vs Magomed Umalatov

Ante Delija vs Renan Ferreira

Juan Adams vs Matheus Scheffel

Sadibou Sy vs Carlos Leal

Preliminary Card

Josh O’Connor vs Emran Sakhizaada

Mohammad Fakhreddine vs Marcin Wójcik

Chris Mixan vs Christian Stigenberg

Szymon Bajor vs Hatef Moeil

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PFL Offers To Host Kayla Harrison vs Cris Cyborg



After both women were featured on yesterday’s episode of the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Kayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg now have a serious offer on the table for their super fight. The founder and co-owner of the PFL Donn Davis tweeted saying that the PFL will host the fight and “handle all matters”. Offering up $1 million for each fighter’s purse and a $2 million winners bonus, the fight now has some serious money behind it.

Whilst on the MMA Hour, both women had something to say about the fight, Kayla Harrison actually called into the show when it was about to end to tell her side of the story. She said that the last she heard from the PFL was that Cyborg was a free agent and they had reached out. Harrison also said that she would be happy to negotiate on behalf of Cyborg to get her whatever she wants, whether the fight is winner takes all or not, whether Harrison has to go through a full USADA drug testing program etc. Her only request was that they allow elbows so she can “put one through her skull”.

Cyborg, on the other hand, said that if the PFL wants to make the fight happen, they should contact Scott Coker and Bellator to make the fight a co-promotion. Despite now being a free agent, Cyborg referred to the fact that she loves working with them and considers Coker to be family and would want them to be involved. Whilst co-promotion isn’t out of the question as it’s something Bellator have done before, it does make the deal more complicated.

Also on the MMA Hour, Cyborg announced that she will be making her professional debut in boxing on September 25th. She will face Simone Silva in Curitiba, Brazil and signed her contract live on air. Harrison’s next outing in the PFL comes in less than two weeks when she faces Martina Jindrová on the 20th August at PFL 9 in London as one half of the semi-finals.

Is this a super-fight you’d like to see made in the near future? Let us know your thoughts on the situation in the comments.

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Jesse Arnett vs Ali AlQaisi 2 | The Biggest Rematch in UAE Warriors History is Official!



The biggest rematch in UAE Warriors history is confirmed as Jesse Arnett (20-8) is set to defend his UAE Warriors featherweight title against rival Ali AlQaisi (12-6) in the main event of ‘UAE Warriors 33’ on Saturday, September 17 live from the Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Arnett won the title from AlQaisi in an exciting and heated affair at ‘UAE Warriors 30’ this past July ending ‘The Royal Fighter’s’ triple championship reign. The bout was ended via doctor stoppage due to a cut sustained by AlQaisi in the second round. Emotions ran high and tempers flared in the aftermath, however officials quickly handled the situation and both fighters immediately agreed to a rematch.

Will Arnett retain and establish himself as the UAE Warriors featherweight champion or can AlQaisi regain his status as triple champion!? The score will officially be settled on September 17, live around the world on UFC Fight Pass.

If that wasn’t enough excitement, we will see the anticipated return of the Africa series as ‘UAE Warriors 32: Africa’ takes place the night prior on Friday, September 16.

History will be made as Kevin Oumar (8-3) and Emilio Quissua (3-0) compete become the first ever UAE Warriors Africa light heavyweight champion.

Hailing from Comoros, Oumar is based out of France where has become both a sanda and kickboxing champion. The 29-year-old is on a five-fight win-streak which includes an impressive submission win over the previously undefeated Mohamed Amine in his last fight in UAE Warriors this past March.

Oumar will once again need to be on top of his game as he faces Angola’s Emilio Quissua. A former kickboxer himself, Quissua trains out of the renowned Planet Eater gym in Germany and has won all three of his professional MMA bouts since making his debut just over a year ago.

Stay tuned for more fight announcements.

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