The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to action, as two human highlight-reels compete in the co-main event of the evening. UFC Odds are live for the event, here’s a complete UFC betting preview featuring Donald Cerrone and Niko Price, including our UFC betting pick.
Donald Cerrone vs. Niko Price
UFC Welterweight bout
Saturday, September 19, 2020 – 11:05 PM ET at the UFC Apex Centre in Las Vegas
Before the former welterweight champions take center stage this Saturday evening in Vegas, the co-main event of the evening between lower ranked welterweights Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone and the 'Hybrid' Niko Price will lead us in with style.
The top sports betting sites have their lines and markets currently available; let's attempt to find some value in this weekend's UFC in Vegas 11 co-main event.
Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone
Introduction, Background, and UFC Career
Thirty-five UFC fights, ten knockouts, seventeen submissions, and one of the single-most prolific names in mixed martial arts today - Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone will enter the octagon this weekend for his 52nd professional MMA contest.
'Cowboy' was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, stemming from humble beginnings. He has ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), which was untreated through his childhood, and it led Cowboy into many fights as a youngster, which eventually led him into the world of martial arts. After an early successful kickboxing stint, he would take up MMA full-time in Albuquerque, alongside the likes of Jon Jones, George Saint Pierre, Rashad Evans, and Keith Jardine.
If the word 'legend' is floating around a UFC locker room, Donald Cerrone is already pathed the way on how to become a true MMA icon.
|Huge experience advantage.|
|Scary after he's had a new-born.|
|Knockout and submission finishing ability.|
|Four fight losing-streak with three of those bouts ending inside the distance.|
|Isn't getting any younger and his durability is becoming questioned.|
Niko 'Hybrid' Price
Introduction, Background, and UFC Career
In the red corner, we have another legend in his own right, and for entirely different reasons. Every time Niko Price steps into the octagon, fans, and critics alike already know what is in store – full violence.
American born and raised Niko Price was a former linebacker in high school, eventually finding love for kickboxing after his schooling years. He began fulltime MMA in 2008 holding an undefeated amateur record (11-0), continuing that trend into his first eleven professional MMA fights. His undefeated record was tarnished in the UFC, but losses to Vincente Luque (x2), Abdul Alhassan, and Geoff Neal are nothing to be ashamed of.
Holding one of the most memorable technical knockouts in recent times, he's often remembered for his ability to knock out Randy Brown from bottom guard with hammer fists. A fight with Donald Cerrone could potentially be the perfect situation for Price, a knockout victory over 'Cowboy' could significantly boost his stock.
|High energy, high output.|
|Knockout power, from anywhere…literally.|
|Lacking experience in comparison to his opponent.|
|He is coming off a TKO loss.|
UFC Odds and Betting Thoughts
Predicting 'Cowboy' Cerrone fights has become one of the most challenging tasks; his unreliability can instantly be argued with the level of competition he's faced. Has Cowboy's chin deteriorated? Or has he fought the best in the world? Or maybe it's a touch of both. Either way, as mentioned, predicting Cowboy isn't for the faint-hearted.
The same can be said for Niko Price; he's alternated his wins and losses since 2018, finding it hard to put himself on a winning streak. Victories over Tim Means and James Vick aren't significant enough for me to start thinking Niko Price has a top-ten skill-set.
14th ranked Cowboy Cerrone has dropped from the top-ten rankings of the division for the first time since 2011, is it time to jump of the horse? Or does the kickboxing, neck chocking Cerrone still have one more in the tank?
The current UFC odds of +135 on Cowboy are understandable considering his 4-fight losing streak, but with that said, he's never lost to an unranked opponent. Not to say that Niko Price doesn't have the power to put Cowboy out, because he certainly does. But for me, I'm siding with the Cowboy one more time.
It could be heavily juiced, but I would not expect this fight to enter the later rounds. The under or 'fight not to go the distance' could be worth a look.