UFC 252 – Betting Plays and Fight Predictions

August 12, 2020

Simply put, this a pay per view event to get excited for. The main event features the rubber match of the heavyweight trilogy between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier. We have perhaps never see so much hang in the balance of a heavyweight fight, or any fight for that matter. The general consensus is that the victor not only leaves with the belt, but leaves with the title of GOAT as well.

The co-main event will be a lot of fun as well, as rising star Sean O’Malley has a full steam hype train behind him right now, and he will try to prove that hype to be true as he takes on his stiffest test to date in Marlon Vera.

If you’re not a fan that purchases every pay per view, make sure this is one you opt to buy. The fight card is quite solid and the main event will be a little piece of history, not to mention that the fight itself has the potential to be an all timer. The fight card itself has just 10 fights, but that has no bearing on the PPV portion, this qualifies as must see tv.

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Before we dive into this week’s bets, let’s look at how we did last week. It was one of those unfortunate weeks that the fight game inevitably brings where even though you feel correct or correct enough, the wins and losses do not reflect it.

Losses – Justin Jaynes +110 and Justin Jaynes via KO +250
Jaynes scored a massive uppercut that rocked and put down Gavin Tucker, but showed low fight IQ in the ensuing sequence. As Tucker scrambled to get back in the fight, Jaynes attacked a choke on the superior BJJ fighter and ended up having to survive the round himself, as he allowed a deep arm triangle to be cinched in. Somewhere in this late round exchange, Jaynes either gassed, injured himself or both. He limped to the corner and was not engaging in the fight after that and was ultimately finished himself later in the fight.

Loss – Nasrate Haqparast via KO +165
Haqparast put on a striking clinic, as expected. The problem was he didn’t finish the job. Alex Munoz proved himself durable as he was completely busted up by the end of the fight and trailed 104-37 in the significant striking department, but he did survive to the final horn, making this play a loss.

Loss – Darren Stewart via KO +165
Welp. So much welp. Sometimes we outsmart ourselves and that is precisely what I did here. With the Stewart ITD line sitting at +145 and the Stewart by KO line sitting at +165, I opted to try to suck every last bit of value out of the play. I was adamant that I don’t respect Pitolo’s skill set, and well, being both correct and greedy were a bad combination in this instance. Stewart jumped a guillotine in the first round that Pitolo tapped to, marking Stewart’s first ever submission victory. Quite unfortunate for KO bettors.

Win – Chris Weidman -130
It took us to the last play of the night, but we finally got into the win column. Weidman is certainly just a shell of his previous championship self, but still has the grappling pedigree to win fights against most fighters that don’t bring natural power. Weidman rode his grapping to an easy decision win, and was very close to a submission in the third round, but the decision call was good enough.

We will do better this week, let’s get to them.

Parker Porter -120 vs Chris Daukaus

Betting Plays: Daukaus ITD +170Fight ends ITD -310

Fight is at heavyweight and is -310 to end inside the distance.

The fact that this fight exists is a testament as to how desperate the UFC is to fill out the bottom of the heavyweight division. Comparing these fighters to the current roster, there aren’t a whole lot of matchups to make that would put a minus number next to either of their names. That said, neither of these fighters see their fights go the distance. The last decision either of these fighters went to was way back in 2016. The one before that? 2011. Parker Porter will have to survive the first round if he’s tp have a real shot in this fight. He is the better grappler of the two and something of a submission threat, but will likely have to wait until Daukaus gasses if he’s to be able to effectively get the fight to the floor. Porter’s striking is not overly powerful and is certainly not pretty to see. Daukaus, while he isn’t overly impressive either, has the tighter and more powerful striking that I see ending the fight relatively quickly. Daukaus may have to defend a takedown or two when he establishes an advantage in the striking, but he really should lay it on in the first round. Daukaus’ gas tank is an issue and if this fight gets past the first round, it likely will be a rough ride for him the rest of the way. In any event, only laying three to one is a value on the fight ending ITD and for Porter has to survive while Daukaus will get first crack at ending it. With this being the case, we will play both Daukaus ITD at +170 and the fight ITD at -310.

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Vinc Pichel -125 vs Jim Miller

Betting Play: Miller via sub +305

Fight is at 155 lbs and is -115 to end inside the distance.

I’m seeing a stylistic matchup for Vinc Pichel in this fight. I suppose we can call Pichel live for a KO in this fight, but he has just one of those since 2011 and is not a fighter that will bring out volume striking. I’m unsure how much of a striking edge, if any, he’ll have on Jim Miller in this matchup. Pichel is a very sound offensive wrestler and has a competent BJJ skill set, but will fall quite shy of Miller in the BJJ department. Pichel working his wrestling in this fight could very well work to his detriment. Pichel has also been taken down repeatedly by high end wrestlers, but it will only take one for Miller and I feel it would essentially end the fight if and when Miller scores just one takedown. Even in a striking affair, Miller has to be close to, if not a coin flip, and anything taking place on the floor will be Miller’s world. This line is somewhat nonsensical and I am torn between the safe play of Miller flat around even money and Miller via sub at +305. I’m opting for the aggressive sub play as I believe this fight hits the floor one way or the other, but would understand taking the safer approach of Miller flat.

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