• Sat
    Jun 19
  • 12:30 am
    BKN
    MIL
    -120
    100
  • 12:00 am
    NYI
    TBL
    125
    -147
  • Fri
    Jun 18
  • 2:00 am
    LAC
    UTA
    100
    -120
  • 12:00 am
    MTL
    VGK
    140
    -167
  • Thu
    Jun 17
  • FINAL
    NYI
    TBL
    118
    -139
  • Wed
    Jun 16
  • FINAL
    PHI
    ATL
    -278
    230
  • Tue
    Jun 15
  • FINAL
    BKN
    MIL
    125
    -149
  • Mon
    Jun 14
  • FINAL
    VGK
    MTL
    -250
    200
  • FINAL
    ATL
    PHI
    120
    -145
  • Sun
    Jun 13
  • FINAL
    DEN
    PHX
    105
    -130
  • FINAL
    TBL
    NYI
    -189
    155
  • FINAL
    MIL
    BKN
    110
    -135
  • Fri
    Jun 11
  • FINAL
    DEN
    PHX
    -130
    105
  • FINAL
    ATL
    PHI
    100
    -120
  • Thu
    Jun 10
  • FINAL
    UTA
    LAC
    -149
    125
  • FINAL
    VGK
    COL
    -114
    -103
  • Wed
    Jun 9
  • FINAL
    PHX
    DEN
    -278
    210
  • FINAL
    NYI
    BOS
    118
    -139
  • Tue
    Jun 8
  • FINAL
    UTA
    LAC
    -175
    145
  • FINAL
    COL
    VGK
    -145
    120
  • FINAL
    PHI
    ATL
    -179
    148

Chris Daukaus vs Aleksei Oleinik Predictions

February 18, 2021

UFC

Chris Daukaus -190 vs Aleksei Oleinik

Betting Pick: Oleinik ITD +205

Fight is at heavyweight and is -500 to end inside the distance.

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Betting Play: Oleinik ITD +205

When we talk about striker vs grappler matchups, there are going to be very few instances in the UFC where we see one to this degree. These fighters are opposites in essentially every facet, and it is an intriguing matchup.

Chris Daukaus is a striker that has started his UFC career with two quick KO wins against low levels of competition. He does have power to be sure, but his skill set is one that does not have the appearance that it would hold up as his level of competition progresses.

It seems the matchmakers concurred and have fast tracked him to a matchup with a veteran that brings a unique skill set and Daukaus’ most difficult test to date, by far.

Aleksei Oleinik is a true veteran of the sport and brings a very unique grappling skill set that lower level fighters often have no answer for. Sure, he has been KO’d by some of the more dangerous strikers at the top of the division, but let’s hit the breaks on comparing Daukaus to the likes of Alistair Overeem, Walt Harris and Derrick Lewis.

It seems every time Oleinik gets moved up the ladder, he is unable to find the submissions that earned those opportunities. However, every time he moves back down the ladder and faces lesser competition, like this fight with Daukaus, he rebounds and secures another submission.

The betting line on this fight is a head scratcher for me, as it is simply too much respect for Daukaus and too little for Oleinik. With Daukaus already having been submitted in his young-ish career and facing a top three heavyweight grappler in the world, it is simple to see the most likely outcome in this fight. That outcome is an Oleinik submission win in this UFC Vegas 19 fight.

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TJ Calkins
TJ Calkins was raised in a gambling loving household. He knew how to handicap horse races and follow line movements well before his tenth birthday. While sports betting remained a passion into adulthood, poker and Daily Fantasy Sports also became passions and remain as such today.