UFC Fight Night 172 – UFC Portland Look Ahead
01 March 2020
Last updated: 22 March 2020 at 8:28 am
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This streaming fight night features a second consecutive card with a heavyweight main event. This one features Walt Harris set as a -165 favorite against now top 8 gatekeeper Alistair Overeem. Overeem who was once a title holder in Strikeforce and a title challenger in the UFC, has leveled off and is generally losing and winning according to expectation. Walt Harris on the other hand is in the best form of his career, and will be a real problem for Overeem on the feet, and I don’t believe Overeem will be able to work any grappling as an answer. Harris has finished consecutive fights in the first round and we are likely looking at three straight. This line is not wide enough and there is value in an early play on Harris at -165.
Also exciting for this card is that the Edmen Shahbazyan vs Derek Brunson fight has been moved to it. This is a step up in competition for the very real prospect Shahbayan and he is sitting as a -235 favorite. This is a wait and see spot and not one to attack ahead of time.
Rounding out the highest end fights on the card are Vincente Luque vs Randy Brown, Carla Esparza vs Michelle Waterson and Eryk Anders vs Kzysztof Jotko.
TJ Calkins – UFC Expert
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. TJ writes weekly UFC picks and predictions at USsportsbonus.com