UFC Picks and Predictions: Fight Night in Rotterdam

Andreas Hale

Thursday, August 31, 2017 7:48 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 7:48 PM UTC

After an extended break, the UFC returns with a Fight Night card in Rotterdam, Netherlands headlined by Alexander Volkov vs. Stefan Struve. Although the card isn’t lined up with big names, that doesn’t mean that there’s a lack of betting appeal. 

Odds On The Main Attraction | Struve-Volkov

The main event is an interesting matchup that finds Struve looking to get his groove back. The Dutch skyscraper has had an up and down career that hasn’t quite seen him reach his full potential. But at the age of 29, he seems to be finally finding his stride. He’s scored back to back stoppages over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Daniel Omlelanczuk and heads into this fight with Volkov as a surprising underdog. Although Volkov has won four in a row dating back to his M-1 days, he hasn’t faced the level of competition that Struve has. Yet, he’s still a narrow favorite at -120 to Struve’s +100. Not to say that this is an easy pick, but Struve’s maturity should come full circle against Volkov. For once, Volkov finds himself at a significant height and reach disadvantage and as long as Struve uses those attributes, along with his kickboxing and impressive ground game, he should be able to navigate his way to victory for our UFC picks

Free UFC Pick: Struve +105 at Pinnacle Sports

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Leon Edwards vs. Bryan Barberena

The only other fight that has some betting intrigue is the welterweight showdown between Leon Edwards and Bryan Barberena. Edwards enters the matchup on a three fight winning streak with a submission victory over Albert Tumenov being the highlight. Barberena bounced back from a unanimous decision loss to Colby Covington by flattening Joe Proctor in the first round back in April. Edwards is a significant favorite at -275, but that has dropped since he opened at a -330. Meanwhile, Barberena can be found at around +235 at most sports books. It feels like Edwards submission victory has been overvalued here and resulted in the current line. But Barberena has had an impressive UFC tenure with victories over Sage Northcutt, Warlley Alves and the aforementioned knockout of Proctor. He’s been coined as the prospect killer and often overlooked. But his wrestling and overall toughness has broken many fighters. He shouldn’t be counted out and worth a shot at those betting odds

Free UFC Pick: Barberena +235 at Bookmaker

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