Jon Jones (25-1) and Dominick Reyes (12-0) highlight a big fight card in Houston as we break down the best UFC 247 bets.
There are 12 tilts tonight, and on every card there will be significant underdogs. My rule with UFC is to never bet anyone with juice higher than (-220). It's a fight -- nothing is guaranteed and anything can happen inside that cage, so I'm never going to chase huge favorites.
There are six UFC 247 bets I like for tonight -- I'll give you a detailed breakdown of each one.
We're coming into this one pretty hot, sporting a 13-3 betting record over the last two UFC events.
Dan Ige Win (+100)
This has the potential to be an excellent fight. I'm picking the underdog here for a couple of reasons.
Ige is an extremely solid and well-balanced fighter. He striking is crisp while also possessing a well-defined wrestling game.
His opponent, Mirsad Bektic, has a tendency to gas-out and get frustrated if the fight doesn't go his way. He's clearly the stronger, more athletic fighter, but Ige has the composure and well-balanced game to hang with Bektic wherever this fight may go.
Ige is riding a four strike winning streak, with 2 wins via decision, one by KO, and one by submission. He can grind you out, knock you out and or tap you out.
Mario Bautista (+115)
Mario Bautista is taking on undefeated wrestler/boxer Miles Johns tonight in what is a very tight fight to predict. Johns has a decent stand-up game, and while he badly wants to wrestle, he gets lost a lot in scrambles and can easily lose position on the ground with someone like Bautista.
Bautista, however, brings a ton of pressure and heat. He has a creative striking game and can win some scrambles if Johns decides to take this to the ground.
I fully expect this to go to a decision and our fate will rest in the judges' hands. Johns will secure takedowns, but I expect Bautista to win the scrambles and the striking exchanges. Close fight, and I hate depending on the judges for a victory, but Bautista has more ways to win.
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