A rematch of the flyweight championship between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko will be held at the UFC event at TMobile Arena in Las Vegas, as we share our best UFC bets for Saturday's Noche UFC, based on the odds from our best sportsbooks.
Six months after a stunning submission victory over Valentina Shevchenko at the UFC 285, Alexa Grasso will try to defend her women's flyweight title. With this upset victory, the reigning queen's UFC record improved to 8-3, and her fifth consecutive win since moving up from strawweight in 2020.
Regarding Shevchenko, the former champion defended the divisional title seven times and secured nine consecutive wins at 125 pounds before losing to Grasso in March. Now, she arrives in Vegas with a promotional record of 12-3.
n the event's co-headliner, Kevin Holland will face Jack Della Maddalena in a welterweight bout. The 30-year-old Holland comes into the matchup riding a two-fight winning streak, having won four out of his last six fights since moving down from middleweight. Holland's most recent victory came via submission against Michael Chiesa in late July. On the other hand, Della Maddalena has notched five consecutive wins in the Octagon and boasts a 15-fight winning streak overall, with his most recent victory being a split decision over Bassil Hafez just two months ago.
Here are our best bets for Saturday’s Noche UFC (odds via DraftKings; Pick confidence is based on a 1-to-5-star scale).
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Noche UFC best bets
- Fight line: Shevchenko ML vs. Grasso (-175 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
- Upset: Holland ML vs. Della Maddalena (+124 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
- Winning method: Godinez by decision vs. Reed (+110 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
- Prop bet: Holland vs. Della Maddalena Under 1.5 Rounds (+130 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
- Parlay: Kopylov by KO/TKO vs. Fremd (-125) + Godinez by decision vs. Reed (+110) + Holland vs. Della Maddalena Under 2.5 Rounds (-140) = +548 (via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
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Noche UFC schedule and odds
Odds via DraftKings
Main Card (10 p.m. EST):
- Alexa Grasso (+145) vs. Valentina Shevchenko (-175)
- Kevin Holland (+124) vs. Jack Della Maddalena (-148)
- Raul Rosas Jr. (-750) vs. Terrence Mitchell (+525)
- Daniel Zellhuber (-290) vs. Christos Giagos (+235)
- Fernando Padilla (-250) vs. Kyle Nelson (+205)
Prelims (7 p.m. EST):
- Lupita Godinez (-425) vs. Elise Reed (+330)
- Roman Kopylov (-310) vs. Josh Fremd (+250)
- Edgar Chairez (-250) vs. Daniel Lacerda (+205)
- Tracy Cortez (-122) vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius (+102)
- Alex Reyes (+350) vs. Charlie Campbell (-455)
- Josefine Knutsson (-600) vs. Marnic Mann (+440)
Top picks for Noche UFC
Fight Line: Shevchenko ML vs. Grasso (-175 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
Only four modern UFC champions have successfully reclaimed their crowns in immediate rematches, but I expect Shevchenko to become the fifth at Grasso’s expense.
Not to cheapen the defending champion’s upset, but Shevchenko had outlanded (87 to 59) and outgrappled (four takedowns to zero with five-plus minutes of control time) Grasso up until that fateful backtake and submission. She likely would have claimed a decision had their matchup gone the distance.
Yes, Grasso’s improvements as a flyweight are commendable. But Shevchenko remains the more versatile technician, and the veteran will lean more on her grappling and excellent top control this time around to reclaim a strap she had defended seven times before falling to Grasso.
Upset: Holland ML vs. Della Maddalena (+124 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
This week’s upset pick wasn’t made without some reluctance, as Della Maddalena is on a tear and he boasts sharp boxing and a solid wallop.
However, Holland’s finishing instincts, submission game, and substantial edge in reach (81 inches to 73) are certainly worth respecting. Della Maddalena should act accordingly, as Hafez earned a good chunk of control time at his expense. The Aussie has made a career of keeping his foes on their back foot. But if Holland can keep him honest with an active jab and strike his way into a takedown or two, he could very well score the upset and maybe even capitalize on a scramble to secure a submission.
Winning Method: Godinez by decision vs. Reed (+110 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
While Reed has been stopped in all three of her UFC losses, Godinez will likely need the full 15 minutes to beat her, as she’s gone the distance in seven of eight UFC showings and 11 of 13 pro fights, earning eight career victories through a decision.
A willing striker who lands 4.16 significant strikes per minute, stuffs 81% of takedown attempts, and converts 3.43 of her own per 15 minutes, Godinez can outduel Reed both standing up and on the mat. The latter eats more significant strikes than she lands (2.95 to 3.14 per minute) and defends only 50% of takedown attempts. Look for Godinez to have her way with Reed from the first bell to last, no matter where the fight goes.
Prop Bet: Holland vs. Della Maddalena Under 1.5 Rounds (+130 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
Ever the pressure fighter, Della Maddalena has ended 13 of his 15 pro conquests inside the distance, with a dozen of his career stoppages coming in under 1.5 rounds, while Holland has earned 21 finishes in 25 pro wins and 14 in under a stanza-and-a-half. The former has a knack for overwhelming his dance partners with blistering combinations and merciless bodywork, and the latter packs a solid wallop of his own - boasting 14 career wins by KO/TKO - and knows how to snatch a neck when it presents itself. Whether Della Maddalena’s rise or Holland’s welterweight resurgence continues come fight night, these two should settle the score in short order - and violently.
Parlay: Kopylov by KO/TKO vs. Fremd (-125) + Godinez by decision vs. Reed (+110) + Holland vs. Della Maddalena Under 2.5 Rounds (-140) = +548 (via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
In addition to our winning method pick and a variation of our prop bet, this week’s parlay includes a KO/TKO victory for Roman Kopylov. He's won three straight and 10 overall via strikes, and Kopylov stuffs 90% of takedown attempts. He meets a man in Josh Fremd who will be all too desperate to get the action to the mat.
UFC best bets made 15/9/2023 at 12:04 a.m. ET.
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