A pair of championship bouts are on the menu on Saturday night when the UFC returns to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for UFC 276. Read on for our top UFC 276: Adesanya-Cannonier parlay picks.
Since dropping down to 185 pounds, Jared Cannonier has been on an absolute rampage. He has racked up a 5-1 record with four of those wins coming by way of KO/TKO. Unfortunately for Cannonier, if he plans on wrapping 10.45 pounds of gold around his waist on Saturday, he’ll have to dethrone quite possibly the second-best middleweight the UFC has ever seen. Israel Adesanya is a striking savant, who has carved his way through the 185-pound division en route to an 11-1 UFC record, with his lone loss coming against a champion in a higher weight class in Jan Blachowicz.
In the co-main event, we’ll witness a thrilling trilogy bout between Alex Volkanovski and Max Holloway. Holloway is 0-2 in their series but the former featherweight champion lost the second fight via a razor-close split-decision. He’ll be hungry to regain the title on Saturday night.
Also on the card, Sean O’Malley faces his toughest test yet when he takes on Pedro Munhoz, and former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler exchanges violent pleasantries with Bryan Barberena.
Here are my top parlay picks for UFC 276: Adesanya-Cannonier (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook; pick confidence is based on a 1-to-5-star scale).
UFC 276 Fight Card
(odds via DraftKings as of Saturday at 11 a.m. ET)
- Israel Adesanya (-475) vs. Jared Cannonier (+380)
- Alex Volkanovski (-200) vs. Max Holloway (+170)
- Sean Strickland (-120) vs. Alex Pereira (+100)
- Robbie Lawler (-120) vs. Bryan Barberena (+100)
- Pedro Munhoz (+245) vs. Sean O’Malley (-295)
- Brad Riddell (+125) vs. Jalin Turner (-145)
- Jim Miller (-190) vs. Donald Cerrone (+160)
- Ian Garry (-175) vs. Gabriel Green (+150)
- Brad Tavares (+130) vs. Dricus Du Plessis (-150)
- Uriah Hall (+265) vs. Andre Muniz (-320)
- Jessica Eye (+240) vs. Maycee Barber (-285)
- Jessica-Rose Clark (-150) vs. Julija Stoliarenko (+130)
Top UFC 276 Parlay Picks
- Volkanovski-Holloway to go the distance (-250) ????
- O’Malley to win (-295) ????
- Adesanya to win by KO/TKO/DQ (+150) ????
UFC 276 Parlay
Volkanovski-Holloway to go the distance (-250)
Holloway has engaged in some absolute wars during his Hall-of-Fame-worthy UFC campaign and the iron-chinned Hawaiian has never been finished with strikes. In fact, Holloway’s last six bouts have all gone to a decision, with his last stoppage coming via a 2018 win. Four of Volkanovski’s last five bouts went the distance, which is unsurprising considering he’s been facing top-shelf talent for the past few years. “The Great” has been finished only once in his career, and that was way back in 2013.
Both Volkanovski-Holloway I and II went to the judge’s scorecards, and I expect more of the same in their trilogy bout.
O’Malley to win (-295)
O’Malley’s first foray into the top 10 of the bantamweight division will be fruitful. “Sugar” has the requisite skill set to give Munhoz fits, and he’ll use his length, technical striking, and speed advantages to pick “The Young Punisher” apart with sharp combinations and violent salvos from the outside.
Sure, I don’t expect O’Malley to completely freight train the uber-tough Munhoz, but he’ll dominate the striking exchanges. O’Malley is a much more accurate striker, while Munhoz has proven more hittable in his career, which is a dire combination if you’re backing the Brazilian.
This performance will transform O’Malley from a can't-miss prospect into a true contender at 135-pounds.
Adesanya to win by KO/TKO (+150)
Cannonier should think twice about trying to engage Adesanya on the feet. Don’t get me wrong, “The Killa Gorilla” has terrifying power, and can separate virtually anyone from their senses with a vicious barrage of punches, but “The Last Stylebender” is an elite striker on a completely different level. A wizard with fists, elbows, knees, and feet, Adesanya is 22-1 in his MMA career, with 15 of those wins coming via KO/TKO.
I expect Cannonier to grow frustrated when he can’t catch the crafty Adesanya, allowing the champ to uncork a nasty fight-ending combination.
Total UFC 276 Parlay Payout: +368 (bet $100 to win $368)
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UFC 276 parlay picks made on 7/1/2022 at 9:01 a.m. ET.