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UFC 243 Betting Odds and Predictions
WThe UFC heads to Australia for UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. The headliner at UFC 243 is a fight between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya to unify the Middleweight Championship. UFC betting odds on the title fight are some of the closest in recent memory, suggesting an excellent match for fans and a chance for bettors to increase their bankroll.
Below are the UFC 243 betting odds for each fighter on the main card. The favourite is on the left, followed by the underdog in the fight.
- Robert Whittaker -145 vs. Israel Adesanya +110
- Al Iaquinta (-120) vs. Dan Hooker +100
- Tai Tuivasa -300 vs. Serghei Spivac +230
- Holly Holm -215 vs. Raquel Pennington +170
*The final fight on the main card is currently pending.
UFC 243 Predictions
Below are our free picks for UFC 243, based off the best UFC odds available for Canadians.
Main Event – Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya
The main event at UFC 243 is a bout between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya to unify the UFC Middleweight Championship. Adesanya enters the fight with 17-0 record, with six of those wins coming as a member of the UFC. Whittaker is 21-4 in his MMA career but owns a record of 8-0 since moving to the middleweight division.
The two are contrasts in size and fighting style. Adesanya is a pure striker with an 80-inch reach. Whittaker is a more rounded fighter, capable of matching his opponent’s style and exploiting their weaknesses.
While Whittaker is the favourite, Adesanya’s striking ability and defence give him a shot to win. Whittaker is susceptible to strikes, absorbing 3.65 per minute. Whittaker is a better defender of takedowns. However, Adesanya does not take his game to the ground unless he knocks an opponent over with a strike.
Whittaker needs to be aggressive when fighting Adesanya. If he can take Adesanya to the ground, he has a chance to control the fight and win. The problem for Whittaker is Adesanya is a superb takedown defender.
Overall, this fight should entertain, but in the end, Adesanya is the better bet to make to win the UFC Middleweight Championship on October 6.
Pick: Israel Adesanya (+110) to win the UFC Middleweight Championship
Predictions for Other Fights on the Main Card
While the title fight is the main attraction at UFC 243, it is not the only UFC 243 odds that should grab the attention of bettors.
Al Iaquinta vs. Dan Hooker
The fighting leading into the main event at UFC 243 features two ranked lightweights trying to make some noise and move into title fight contention.
Iaquinta only opens as a slight favourite on UFC betting lines over Dan Hooker, despite holding a ranking nine spots higher than Hooker.
Hooker is 5-1 since returning to the lightweight division. In that six-fight stretch, he has two performances of the night and four victories by KO/TKO.
Iaquinta is the midst of a 1-2 stretch, with all three fights going five rounds. While losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov is not a knock against his fighting abilities, his loss to Donald Cerrone in May has more to do with his UFC odds to win being where they opened.
To win this fight, Hooker needs to work his takedown game against Iaquinta. Iaquinta is not the best defender of takedowns. When on the ground, Hooker is dangerous. He wins 39% of his fights by submission.
Hooker can match Iaquinta striking abilities. Hooker is a faster striker than Iaquinta. Although that hurts his ability to defend, the strikes he does take are rarely significant.
Overall, an underdog as ever slight as he is is worth betting to win at UFC 243 on October 6.
Pick: Dan Hooker (+100) to win the fight
Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
Two of the more prominent names in the women’s bantamweight division are likely to start the main card at UFC 243. UFC 243 betting odds have the former champion, Holly Holm, as a moderate favourite. The two fought back in 2015, with Holly Holm winning by split decision.
While Holm is the favourite, her career has not been the same since she knocked out Ronda Rousey in Melbourne, against four years ago. Since winning the Women’s Bantamweight Championship, Holm is 2-5, with only one fight – a loss – in the last 15 months.
Her opponent, Raquel Pennington, is also struggling to keep her name relevant in the bantamweight division. Pennington is 1-2 in her last three fights, including a loss to Amanda Nunes for the title. She has looked better in her previous three fights than Holm, but not enough to make her a clear pick to win at UFC 243.
Looking at their fighting styles, strengths and weaknesses, Holm has the edge in this fight. While Holm does not hit as much as Pennington, her strikes tend to land better.
Holm also has better takedown skills and defence. Pennington wins most of her fights by decision, but Holm should not let the fight last three rounds. Look for Holm to be aggressive and win the contest by KO/TKO at UFC 243.
Pick: Holly Holm (-210) to win the Fight
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