Two red-hot Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contenders make a bid for gold this Saturday (Sept. 8, 2018) when American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, hosts UFC 228, which sees Darren till and Valentina Shevchenko challenge champions Tyron Woodley and Nicco Montano in the pay-per-view (PPV) main- and co-main events. Meanwhile, over at Featherweight, Brandon Davis steps up on short notice to face the future of the division, Zabit Magomedsharipov, while Jessica Andrade takes on Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a potential title eliminator at 115 pounds.
It’s set to be an interesting night, if nothing else. Let’s see what we can do about those profit margins:
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UFC 228 Odds For The Undercard:
Tatiana Suarez (-550) vs. Carla Esparza (+425)
Aljamain Sterling (-135) vs. Cody Stamann (+115)
Jimmie Rivera (-150) vs. John Dodson (+130)
Charles Byrd (-225) vs. Darren Stewart (+185)
Craig White (-230) vs. Diego Sanchez (+190)
Alex White (-140) vs. Jim Miller (+120)
Irene Aldana (-125) vs. Lucie Pudilova (+105)
Jarred Brooks (-350) vs. Roberto Sanchez (+260)
Geoff Neal (-175) vs. Frank Camacho (+155)
Thoughts: It’s a bummer that Roberto Sanchez vs. Ryan Benoit fell through, because Sanchez wasn’t favored nearly enough. At least we’ve still got Aljamain Sterling to dump all of our hopes on.
Cody Stamann has consistently risen above my expectations, but his last two wins were anything but easy. He struggled against Tom Duquesnoy before the Frenchman gassed out and was saved by the bell against a rusty Bryan Caraway, who arguably deserved the win despite spending the last 10 minutes of the fight in zombie mode. Sterling’s length and kicking game will allow him to control engagements on the feet and keep Stamann at too far a range for the latter to shoot in. If the fight does wind up hitting the ground, it will be on Sterling’s terms, and “The Funk Master” is downright lethal on the mat. Sterling already beat another tough-as-nails grinder in Brett Johns and I see him having every bit as much success here.
As far as the others, a “Tuesday Night Contender Series” parlay of Charles Byrd and Geoff Neal seems thematically appropriate. Byrd’s grappling is well above Stewart’s and Camacho doesn’t have the firepower to brawl his way past a bigger, stronger man.
UFC 228 Odds For The Main Card:
Darren Till (-115) vs. Tyron Woodley (-105)
Valentina Shevchenko (-1250) vs. Nicco Montano (+800)
Zabit Magomedsharipov (-1175) vs. Brandon Davis (+650)
Jessica Andrade (-425) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (+340)
Abdul Razak Alhassan (-145) vs. Niko Price (+125)
Thoughts: I’d steer clear, honestly. Three of them are massively lopsided and the other two each feature two fighters with one-punch knockout power.
UFC 228 Best Bets:
- Single bet -- Aljamain Sterling: Bet $135 to make $100
- Parlay -- Charles Byrd and Geoff Neal: Bet $50 to make $62.50
UFC 228 features a blend of tough champions and young prospects, which always makes for a quality evening of fights. See you Saturday, Maniacs!
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