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UFC 258 Props, Picks, & Analysis: Usman vs Burns

  • UFC 258 is finally here, headlined by a highly anticipated Welterweight title fight between two former teammates in Kamaru Usman & Gilbert Burns
  • Our free play article breakdown tells you how to bet the opening bout between two young promising women’s fighters as Gillian Robertson will be looking to ground Miranda Maverick
  • Prelims for UFC 258 get underway at 7pm ET, and the main card starts at 10 pm ET 

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UFC 258 Props & Picks

Miranda Maverick (-150) vs Gillian Robertson (+120)

Here are keys to victory for Maverick:

  • Keep the fight at a kicking distance
  • Force Robertson to fight from a kicking range will lead to tougher & more predictable takedown attempts to defend
  • Go all-in on preventing this fight from hitting the mat
  • Whenever the takedown is stuffed pour the pressure on forcing Robertson backward

Striker vs Grappler  

One of the two great women’s matchups on this UFC 258 card opens the night for us. We have two young up-and-comers with the skills to be around for a long time.

Miranda Maverick (10-2) brings a high-paced aggressive striking style to the table, while Robertson (9-5) wants to use her wrestling to get this fight to the mat immediately, where she dominates with top control post takedown.

How it Plays

Simply put, whoever is able to get the fight on their terms is likely to have success in this striker v grappler matchup — I tend to side with Maverick as the much superior athlete.

I envision Maverick using her athleticism & striking skills to keep Robertson at range, forcing out bad shots and ultimately keeping this fight upright.

Eventually, the striking will be too much for Gillian. Once Maverick can consistently push Gillian backward, it’s the beginning of the end. Expect her to overwhelm Robertson shortly after, finishing the fight with strikes.

The Pick

Take Miranda Maverick to win Inside the distance @ +300

Risk to win 1 Unit

Maverick gets her second UFC win by putting Robertson away late in Round 2.

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