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The UFC heads to Singapore for an event featuring a five-round bout between former featherweight champion Max Holloway and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. Read on for our best bets for Saturday’s UFC card based on the odds from our best sports betting apps.

Max Holloway aims to make it two in a row after claiming a unanimous decision over prospect Arnold Allen this past April, the verdict getting him back in the win column following a third defeat to reigning king Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 276. As for his dance partner, Chan Sung Jung ends a layoff dating back to April of last year, when he suffered a TKO loss to Volkanovski at UFC 273. The fan favorite meets Holloway with a promotional record of 7-4 and stoppages in all but one of his UFC victories.

Before this battle of featherweight luminaries, Anthony Smith and Ryan Spann will meet for the second time in a light heavyweight co-headliner. Smith claimed their first clash by first-round tapout in September 2021 and now enters the rematch on a two-fight slump, while Spann looks to bounce back from a submission loss to Nikita Krylov suffered this past March.

With all that said, here are our best bets for Saturday’s UFC Singapore ( odds via our best sports betting apps; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

UFC Singapore schedule & odds

(Odds via DraftKings)

Main Card (8 a.m. ET):

Prelims (5 a.m. ET):

  • Waldo Cortes Acosta (-218) vs. Lukasz Brzeski (+180)
  • Toshiomi Kazama (+136) vs. Garrett Armfield (-162)
  • Chidi Njokuani (+102) vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk (-122)
  • Kenan Song (+260) vs. Rolando Bedoya (-325)
  • Billy Goff (+120) vs. Yusaku Kinoshita (-142)
  • Na Liang (+390) vs. JJ Aldrich (-520)
  • Seung-Woo Choi (-142) vs. Jarno Errens (+120)

UFC Singapore Best Bets

  • Fight line: Spann ML vs. Smith (-125 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐  
  • Upset: Santos ML vs. Blanchfield (+124 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
  • Winning method: Spann by KO/TKO vs. Smith (+195 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐⭐
  • Prop bet: Song vs. Bedoya ends by KO/TKO/DQ (+120 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
  • Parlay: Song vs. Bedoya Under 2.5 Rounds (-120) + Chikadze by decision (+100) + Smith vs. Spann Ends by KO/TKO (-120) = +572 (via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐

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Fight Line: Spann ML vs. Smith (-125 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐

Smith may have dispatched Spann in short order back in late 2021, but he hasn’t looked like himself since, dropping back-to-back contests against Magomed Ankalaev and Johnny Walker. At 35 with 54 fights to his name, Smith doesn’t have much tread left on the proverbial tires, and he eats 4.49 significant strikes per minute, an alarming stat for a matchup with a foe boasting Spann’s raw power. All this to say, Father Time is nipping at Smith’s heels, and I expect Saturday’s co-main event to prove as much, with Spann likely ending this clash as quickly as Smith ended their first.

Upset: Santos ML vs. Blanchfield (+124 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐

Santos hasn’t seen any action since losing a close verdict to ex-champion Valentina Shevchenko in July of last year, and she returns against a similarly skilled grappler in Blanchfield. In her failed bid to dethrone Shevchenko, Santos repeatedly outhustled her foe in the grappling exchanges and transitions, and I’m banking on her to do the same against Blanchfield, who scores 3.76 takedowns per 15 minutes and hasn’t faced much adversity over her promotional stint. Look for a game Blanchfield to be the first to pursue takedowns in this flyweight clash and Santos to outmuscle her, claim the dominant positions, and chew the clock long enough to get back in the win column.

Winning Method: Spann by KO/TKO vs. Smith (+195 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐⭐

Granted, Spann’s preferred method of victory is the tapout, and he could very well secure his patented guillotine choke if Smith is first to shoot, but he also boasts solid mitts and six career victories by KO/TKO, while Smith has folded to strikes in 10 of his 18 pro defeats. Unless he’s fighting young prospects, Smith is typically slow to get going, and I doubt Spann makes the same mistake twice and gives him time to do so, having earned 18 of his 21 career scalps inside the distance. Provided he takes the center of the cage and works behind the jab, Spann should even the score with Smith in brutal fashion come fight night.

Prop Bet: Song vs. Bedoya ends by KO/TKO/DQ (+120 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐

Not only has Song earned three of four UFC victories and nine total by KO/TKO, he’s also been stopped by strikes in two straight and four of seven career losses. Additionally, while Bedoya’s resume might imply otherwise, as he’s only won four of 14 fights by knockout, the Peruvian should give Song the fight he wants, having not only gone toe-to-toe with a terrifying Khaos Williams in his UFC debut, but also landed a whopping 149 significant strikes over three rounds. In short, these two will be slinging heaps of leather on Saturday, and I expect them to settle their welterweight clash without the judges’ participation.

Parlay: Song vs. Bedoya Under 2.5 Rounds (-120) + Chikadze by decision (+100) + Smith vs. Spann Ends by KO/TKO (-120) = +572 (via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐

In addition to plays on this week’s prop and winning method bets, our parlay includes a win on points for Chikadze, a solid striking technician who gets an unpredictable and willing dance partner who’s only fallen to strikes once in Caceres.

UFC best bets made 25/8/2023 at 9:09 a.m. ET.

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