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Khamzat Chimaev reacts as he is introduced for his welterweight fight against Gilbert Burns at UFC 273.
Khamzat Chimaev reacts as he is introduced for his welterweight fight against Gilbert Burns at UFC 273. Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images via AFP.

UFC 279 takes place Saturday night with a reconfigured main card, as Tony Ferguson meets Nate Diaz at welterweight, and Khamzat Chimaev faces Kevin Holland in a co-headlining bout filled with bad blood. Read on for our UFC 279 parlay picks.

After a hectic 48 hours, which included backstage altercations, weight misses, and some unforeseen opponent swaps, the UFC takes Las Vegas with three new main-card matchups that are arguably more compelling than the originals.

Diaz gets Ferguson after Chimaev - his original foe - egregiously missed the welterweight limit on Friday. The latter now faces Kevin Holland at a 180-pound catchweight in Saturday’s co-main event.

As for Ferguson’s and Holland’s original opponents, Li Jingliang and Daniel Rodriguez will square off in their own 180-pound catchweight bout, which should prove a veritable striker’s ball.

Here are my top parlay picks for Saturday’s UFC 279 (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook).

UFC 279 Fight Card

  • Tony Ferguson (-125) vs. Nate Diaz (+105)
  • Khamzat Chimaev (-560) vs. Kevin Holland (+430)
  • Li Jingliang (+130) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (-150)
  • Irene Aldana (-175) vs. Macy Chiasson (+150)
  • Johnny Walker (+175) vs. Ion Cutelaba (-205)
  • Hakeem Dawodu (-210) vs. Julian Erosa (+180)
  • Jailton Almeida (-600) vs. Anton Turkalj (+450)
  • Denis Tiuliulin (+115) vs. Jamie Pickett (-135)
  • Jake Collier (-450) vs. Chris Barnett (+360)
  • Norma Dumont (-380) vs. Danyelle Wolf (+310)
  • Chad Anheliger (+145) vs. Heili Alateng (-170)
  • Melissa Martinez (-175) vs. Elise Reed (+150)
  • Darian Weeks (-120) vs. Yohan Lainesse (+100)

Top UFC 279 Parlay Picks

Top UFC 279 Parlay Predictions

Dawodu by KO/TKO (+215)

Given Dawodu’s solid Muay Thai pedigree, his seven career knockouts, and Erosa’s five KO/TKO losses in nine career defeats, I think it’s safe to say Dawodu’s stoppage drought ends Saturday night.

The Canadian product boasts a varied striking arsenal, he knows how to stuff a takedown, and he's facing a chinny foe who has yet to learn how to optimize his generous reach in 36 pro fights.

Long story short, provided he can keep the action standing, Dawodu ends this one with either a furious barrage or a shin to the dome.

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Almeida-Turkalj To Go Distance: No (-450)

Things usually end early when behemoths collide, and that’ll be the case yet again when Almeida and Turkalj clash in their 220-pound catchweight bout.

Almeida, for one, has been to the scorecards only once in 18 pro fights, while seven of Turkalj’s eight career bouts have ended early. The former’s preferred method of victory is the tapout, while the latter’s is the knockout, and there’s little in the tape or their records to suggest they’ll need the full 15 to determine the better man on Saturday.

Cutelaba (-205)

Like his opponent, Cutelaba’s coming off a tough first-round loss, but flawed as he is, the Moldovan has rebounded from several lopsided defeats with a vengeance over his six-year UFC stint.

A ruthless bruiser who can finish both on his feet and the mat, Cutelaba’s best path to victory leans to the latter, where he’ll exploit Walker’s weaknesses as a grappler, let the ground-and-pound rip, and maybe even hand Walker a fifth career loss via strikes with a 13th career KO/TKO.

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UFC 279 parlay picks made on 9/10/2022 at 12:07 a.m. ET