The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to action this weekend, a long-awaited 3-week return in style as the UFC head to Abu Dhabi for another stacked night of mixed martial arts. UFC Fight odds are now available for us to delve into some parlay betting picks for the first UFC event of 2021, headlined by Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar, live this Saturday on ESPN & ABC Network.
Matt Brown vs. Carlos Condit
UFC Welterweight Bout
Saturday, January 16, 2021 – 05:05 PM EST at Fight Island
Two legends will clash this weekend. A contest initially scheduled over five years ago is finally taking place when former champion Carlos Condit squares up against 'The Immortal' Matt Brown.
Carlos Condit is a veteran kickboxer who once held the interim welterweight championship, his legendary fights against Robbie Lawler, George Saint Pierre, Nick Diaz, and Rory MacDonald will never be forgotten. Condit will test his might for a 45th time in hopes to regain some former glory.
Matt Brown is also considered a veteran of the sport but four years the elder of his opponent. Aged forty, we should not expect another five years of timeless classics from the man with hell-bows, but a savvy veteran skillset and the willingness to fight beyond his prime years make Matt Brown a dangerous challenge for anyone.
UFC Parlay Pick
The straightforward game plan for Matt Brown would be to make this fight a grappling contest, but to succeed in this area Matt will need to maintain a high level of cardio, which I doubt he will want to expend.
Condit is the superior striker. The footwork and distance management should favor the kickboxer. No doubt Matt Brown will have his fair share of significant strikes, I just believe that Condit will be the fresher, faster athlete at this point in his career.
Li Jingliang vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
UFC Welterweight Bout
Saturday, January 16, 2021 - 05:00 PM EST at Fight Island
Watch out, Fight of the Night contender alert! The return of Santiago Ponzinibbio is imminent, and I cannot wait. Injuries and severe health concerns have kept the Argentinian from continuing his dominant UFC winning streak since 2018. His last performance was a dismantling of Neil Magny and an uncommon stoppage of Magny, which few men have accomplished.
His opponent, Li Jingliang, has undoubtedly been given a tough outing this weekend, but perhaps Ponzinibbio will not return with the same energy he once had. A two-year layoff could be the significant winning factor for Li.
UFC Fight Prediction
The odds are juiced in the direction of Ponzinibbio, and we cannot blame the betting sites or bet public. I'm going to stand my ground, and until I visually witness Ponzinibbio provide a bad performance, he'll be added to my betting slip.
Ponzinibbio was a scary prospect before the injury hiatus. No matter how long the layoff has been, we cannot ignore the high-level striking offense he presents inside the octagon. Since his early teens, a kickboxer from his distance management to fight-ending capabilities, he still is one of/if not the most dangerous striker in the welterweight division.
There are levels in this fighting game and Neil Magny is a telling sign. Both fighters fought Magny, but the opposite ends of domination in those fights are the warning things to come.
UFC Parlay Prediction: Santiago Ponzinibbio at -290 with BetOnline
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- Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown [ufc welterweight bout odds]
- Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Li Jingliang [ufc welterweight bout odds]
- Joaquin Buckley vs. Alessio Di Chirico [ufc middleweight bout odds]
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