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UFC 252 Co-Main Event: Sean O'Malley vs. Marlon Vera | MMA betting Picks

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to action as the light heavyweights compete in the co-main event of the evening. UFC Odds are live for the event, here’s a complete UFC betting preview featuring Chris Weidman and Omari Akhmedov, including updated odds and our betting pick.

Sean O’Malley vs. Marlon Vera

UFC Featherweight bout 

Saturday, August 15, 2020 – 11:05 PM EDT at the UFC Apex Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada (ESPN+)

The UFC continues to provide mixed martial arts entertainment week in and week out through the pandemic restrictions, but on August 15th in Vegas, we have a special one; as defending UFC heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic will face Daniel Cormier in their third and final rubber match (trilogy)

In the co-main event of the evening, the fastest rising prospect in the UFC featherweight division Sean O'Malley will take on his third fight of 2020 against the dangerous Marlon Vera.

The online sportsbooks have their betting lines and markets currently available; let's attempt to find some value in this weekend's UFC 252 co-main event.

'Suga' Sean O'Malley

Sean O'Malley (R) punches Andre Soukhamthath during their bantamweight bout during UFC 222 at T-Mobile Arena on March 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Isaac Brekken/Getty Images/AFP

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

'The Suga Show' is back in town, and boy we should be excited. The featherweight's division hottest prospect is on all the media's lips for a reason; because he does a great job at making lips bleed in the octagon. 

Born and raised in the small town of Helena, Montana, large numbers and spotlight attention is not something instilled into the lifestyle/up-bringing of O'Malley, but he's doing a great job with his UFC branding thus far. Inside and outside of the octagon, O'Malley has remained impressive and more to the point, undefeated.

After a lengthy USADA suspension in 2018, the young boy we watched through 'Dana White Contender Series' and a low-level of competition - returned to action in 2020 as a man. The evolution of Suga has been on display since his debut, and I'm excited to see what he has in store this weekend. 

Octagon Strengths

Considerable size advantage
One-punch knockout power
Impressive Jiu-Jitsu credentials. (went the distance with Gilbert Melendez)
Finishing ability from all areas of the game

Octagon Weaknesses

Can often leave his neck available for a submission attempt
Susceptible to takedowns

Sean O'Malley -310
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Marlon 'Chito' Vera

Marlon Vera (C) of Ecuador. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

In the blue corner - another hot prospect in the featherweight division, we have the enjoyment of feasting our eyes on Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera at UFC 252.

The Ecuadorian national has dedicated himself to the fight game since moving to America full-time four years ago and started training with RVCAsport alongside the likes of Cris Cyborg, Jared Cannonier, and Jalin Turner - More importantly, his close training work with world-famous boxing coach Jason Perillo.  

Vera has been riding high even in his most recent loss to Song Yadong there were a lot of positives to take from his performance. O’Malley’s toughest test to date will come in the form of ‘Chito’ Vera, and I expect a fight of the night worthy contest.

Octagon Strengths

BJJ black belt
Eight career wins via submission
Six-year UFC experience

Octagon Weaknesses

A slow starter - takes his time to find his flow
Unused to the size disadvantage

Marlon Vera+255
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UFC Odds & Betting Thoughts

At this point in O’Malley’s career, it’s tough to fade him against an unranked opponent. The striking prowess is evidently on a high-level and ever-growing. Straight punches, uppercuts, high-kicks, low-kicks, spin-kicks, switching of stance, at-range or inside; O’Malley’s striking offense is never-ending and dare I say it, reminiscent of former featherweight king Conor McGregor. The difference is, I think O’Malley is faster, sharper, and better-rounded than McGregor.

Vera is going to present a dangerous clinch and grappling game for O’Malley, which is the path to victory for the underdog. But with that said, O’Malley’s growth in the octagon has been so impressive I almost agree with the juiced odds of -300.

I anticipate that we’re in store for another ‘Suga-Show’, and with Vera showing a clear slow-start to the majority of the first round’s he’s ever been in, I favor the fast-flowing, dangerous finisher in Sean O’Malley.

The opening odds of -210 on O’Malley were a comfortable price, but with such a huge fan base that number was rapidly juiced to -300. O’Malley is a perfect parlay addition, or subsequently, you can look into the propositional betting markets for a price on O’Malley to win inside the distance. Sportsbook Review is keeping track of all the latest UFC odds, so be sure to find the best value for your money before placing your bets.

UFC 252 betting pick: Sean O'Malley to win at -310 with 5Dimes (Visit our 5Dimes Review)

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