UFC 289 is fast approaching, and the fight card is rich in betting opportunities. After analyzing the night’s top fights, we’ve settled on making three different UFC 289 bets. We’re giving them to you in this article so keep reading to make money from UFC betting this weekend!
- What: UFC 289
- When: Saturday, June 10
- Where: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada
Amanda Nunes vs. Irene Aldana Betting Pick
Per usual in a Nunes fight, the moneyline odds aren’t exactly dripping in betting value. Nunes, the bantamweight champion, is -300 to win, whereas the challenger is +220. For that reason, we’re skipping the moneyline bet and instead wagering on the Nunes-Aldana over/under. It's set at 2.5 rounds — right in the middle of a five-round title fight. Here’s how the odds shake out:
|Over 2.5 rounds||-110||-110||-110|
|Under 2.5 rounds||-110||-110||-110|
There was talk about Nunes being “washed” after a shock loss to Juliana Pena. However, Nunes quickly put that conversation to an end by avenging the defeat. Not only that, but Nunes absolutely crushed Pena in the rematch with multiple 10-8 rounds.
We’ll be honest, we see little chance for Aldana in this one. We’re just not confident she’s at this level. Aldana has come up short any time she’s faced an upper-echelon fighter in the past — losing to the likes of Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington. Last time out, Aldana struggled with Macy Chiasson, who she ultimately KO’d. Still, it was far from a world-class effort, which is what it’ll take to beat the G.O.A.T.
Our money says Nunes wins and does so early. That Pena loss might’ve just been what she needed to wake up this late in her career. We expect Nunes to get the win fairly easily so we’ll happily take the under. Aldana might not even last a single round, little less 2.5.
Beneil Dariush vs. Charles Oliveira Betting Pick
We have an absolute banger in the semi-main event. Unlike the actual main event, this one is expected to be competitive. These are two of the best lightweights in the world — Oliveira is ranked first after the champion, while Dariush is number four. So there could be some future championship shot implications on the line here. As seen below, the Dariush vs. Oliveira moneyline is almost at pick’em across the most popular betting sites for UFC:
For the first time in a long time, Oliveira looked human the last time he stepped into the octagon. Back in October, Islam Makhachev submitted him in round two to become the new lightweight champion. In that fight, he might’ve given the blueprint to beating Oliveira — follow him to the ground. So many of Oliveira’s previous opponents dropped him with strikes, but feared his ground game and let him get back up. Oliveira does, after all, own the most submissions in the promotion’s history.
We’re confident Dariush can win any ground match with Oliveira. Dariush is one of the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighters in the whole division. We just don’t see any scenario where Oliveira can outwrestle him if on the mat.
To us, Oliveira’s most realistic path to victory is whilst striking. He does have more variety in his strikes than Dariush, but it’s not like Oliveira has a great chin either. As we said, recent opponents have had little issue dropping him. So for all these reasons mentioned, Dariush is our pick. We predict he takes it in a decision.
Mike Malott vs. Adam Fugitt Betting Pick
We round out our UFC 289 betting with another banger of a matchup. Both Malott and Fugitt are past 30 years old so if they’re going to make any type of run in the welterweight division, now is the time. Malott is three years than Fugitt, and is favored to win on the moneyline:
Malott is certainly the more dangerous fighter. If he’s going to win, it’ll likely be in the first round. You’d have to go back to 2015 to find the last time a Malott fight didn’t end in round one. Granted, he’s not the most active of fighters, but still, this guy usually makes quick work of his opponents. Malott is well-balanced, having both striking and jiu-jitsu strengths.
Though, if Malott can’t end this early, the advantage might swing in Fugitt’s direction. There’s just not a lot of evidence that Malott has a good gas tank cause of all those one-round bouts. Still, we don’t think it happens. Malott is sneaky good, and we expect a big showing from him here.
How To Bet On UFC 289 Card
There are 11 different UFC 289 fights to bet on — and each of those fights has multiple lines (moneyline, over/under, props). So between everything, you’re looking at well over 30 UFC 289 bets readily available. If you want to see the full options, we strongly encourage you to visit one of the bookmakers listed below. While you can’t go wrong with any of ‘em, we’ve included up-to-date sportsbook reviews in the below table to help you sort through the bookies.
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