The highly anticipated UFC 288 event is set to take place, with a matchup between Aljamain Sterling and Henry Cejudo headlining the night. Sterling will defend his 135-pound title against the former two division champion and Olympic gold medalist, in what promises to be a battle for bantamweight supremacy.
Before the main event, there are 12 other pivotal fights scheduled, with great betting opportunities available for fans. As always, DraftKings Sportsbook will provide all the odds. Let’s take a closer look at some of the fights and potential betting options. Sterling is favored at -105, with fans pointing towards his age and size advantage as factors that could play a significant role in the fight.
Cejudo, a former champion who’s been out of the ring for some time, is seen as having an uphill battle in the matchup. Betting on a victory for Sterling seems to be the smart choice. In the co-main event, Belal Muhammad and Burns face off against each other in what promises to be a thrilling and unpredictable matchup.
Muhammad is a well-rounded fighter with excellent cardio, but Burns is a skilled grappler who possesses tremendous striking abilities. Both fighters have unique skill sets, but Burns looked a bit old in his previous fights, and Muhammad’s superb defense may give him the edge needed to win.
Kron Gracie’s return to the ring against Jordan may also provide an exciting betting opportunity. Gracie is a BJJ player who has been out of the ring for three years, but he has a proven track record when it comes to finishing fights. Jordan, on the other hand, has struggled with takedowns in previous fights, which could open up the window for Gracie to tap him out.
In the prop bets category, Marina Rodriguez by decision seems like a safe choice, considering that Jandiroba has never been finished and Rodriguez is a volume-heavy fighter. Kennedy Nzechukwu’s Inside The Distance play also looks promising due to his impressive recent performances and Clark’s struggles against fighters who can match his physicality.
For those looking to parlay, Jessica Andrade and Drew Dober seem like the best options. Andrade is a former strawweight champion who has been dominating everyone except world champions.
Yan Xiaonan is a skilled fighter, but a step behind the champion level. Dober has showcased impressive knockout power, making him a clear favorite against Matt Frevola, who is an excellent fighter.