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UFC Vegas 18 odds: Latest betting lines and gambling guide for ‘Overeem vs Volkov’

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Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC Vegas 18, which is set to hit UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, this weekend (Sat., Feb. 6, 2021), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!

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After a three-card stint on “Fight Island,” the Octagon returns to UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, this Saturday (Feb. 6, 2021) with a pivotal Heavyweight clash in tow. In UFC Vegas 18’s main event, the venerable Alistair Overeem puts his two-fight win streak on the line against perennial contender Alexander “Drago” Volkov. Down at 135 pounds, former Lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, looks to make it two straight at Cory Sandhagen’s expense and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winner, Macy Chiasson, faces Marion Reneau.

It’s a fine return to action after two weeks away, and one we can profit from. Here’s how:

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UFC Vegas 18 Odds For The Undercard:

Michael Johnson (-220) vs. Clay Guida (+180)
Mike Rodriguez (-245) vs. Danilo Marques (+205)
Timur Valiev (-335) vs. Martin Day (+275)
Devonte Smith (-280) vs. Justin Jaynes (+240)
Karol Rosa (-225) vs. Joselyne Edwards (+185)
Molly McCann (-155) vs. Lara Procopio (+135)
Youssef Zalal (-240) vs. Seung Woo Choi (+200)
Ode Osbourne (N/A) vs. Jerome Rivera (N/A)

Thoughts: As one-sided as it is, this undercard is full of bargains, namely Timur Valiev, Lara Procopio and Youssef Zalal.

Valiev was almost even money against initial foe Julio Arce, and while -335 is a far cry from -125, he’s still worth an investment. The guy’s still an incredible fighter despite that debut loss, and Day has dropped three straight. Valiev has the kickboxing skill to keep up on the feet and is by far the better wrestler, making him a safe investment.

Molly McCann’s defensive wrestling has failed her in both of her Octagon losses, and she’s largely had to rely on her offensive wrestling against low-level Flyweights in her wins. Not only is Procopio significantly superior on the mat, but she’s a skilled enough striker to hold her own a weight class up against Karol Rosa.

She’s fefinitely a solid underdog investment.

Seung Woo Choi has fought two quality UFC opponents (Movsar Evloev and Gavin Tucker) and one very, very bad one (Suman Mokhtarian), The quality duo combined to land 10 takedowns on him, and considering Zalal’s willingness and ability to drag opponents to the mat, that’s a death sentence. Choi doesn’t even figure to have much of an edge on the feet, as Zalal’s length, durability, and savvy make landing a knockout shot a borderline impossible task. “The Moroccan Devil” should be a much larger favorite, so make sure you’re in position to punish the bookies for their error.

UFC Vegas 18 Odds For The Main Card:

Alexander Volkov (-185) vs. Alistair Overeem (+160)
Cory Sandhagen (-400) vs. Frankie Edgar (+325)
Macy Chiasson (-210) vs. Marion Reneau (+175)
Alexandre Pantoja (-130) vs. Manel Kape (+110)
Cody Stamann (-380) vs. Askar Askar (+315)
Diego Ferreira (-120) vs. Beneil Dariush (EVEN)

Thoughts: Alistair Overeem, Alexandre Pantoja and Cody Stamann are your investments of choice.

I’m genuinely not clear on why Alexander Volkov is the favorite against Overeem. That’s because “Drago’s” best wins came over Fabricio Werdum and Walt Harris, both of whom Overeem also defeated, and looks to struggle against the Dutchman’s mobile striking offense. On top of that, Volkov has yet to fully address the grappling issues that have plagued him throughout his UFC career, presenting another tempting target for the well-rounded Overeem.

In short, the veteran is a definitely worth your time.

Manel Kape has looked like a monster in his last few Rizin bouts, but those came against opponents willing to oblige him in the stand up. The last time he faced a capable grappling specialist, “Ulka” Sasaki dominated him on the mat. Pantoja is tough as nails and a hugely dangerous submission artist, giving him the tools necessary to spoil Kape’s Octagon debut.

Stamann, meanwhile, was -310 against Andre Ewell, which if anything undersold the stylistic nightmare he posed to “Mr. Highlight.” He’s still a bargain at -380 against Octagon newcomer Askar Askar, not to be confused with Flyweight contender Askar Askarov. Askar is an okay wrestler with painfully bad striking defense that Stamann should have little issue exploiting, making “The Spartan” a reliable anchor.

UFC Vegas 18 Best Bets:

  • Parlay — Youssef Zalal and Alistair Overeem: Bet $40 to make $107.20
  • Parlay — Timur Valiev and Lara Procopio: Bet $30 to make $61.50
  • Parlay — Cody Stamann and Alexandre Pantoja: Bet $40 to make $49.20

UFC Vegas 18 is a damn strong card and a perfect return to form after UFC’s January blitz. Don’t miss it. See you Saturday, Maniacs!

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