Two of the most achieved grapplers in blended combative techniques will meet Saturday in the headliner of UFC Battle Night as Brendan Allen faces Paul Craig in a matchup of positioned middleweights. Their five-round confrontation beat the primary UFC battle card beginning at 5 p.m. ET from the Peak office in Las Vegas. The two warriors are known for their elite hooking and deadly entries that have felled innumerable rivals. The No. 10-positioned Allen and negative. 13-positioned Craig have 26 consolidated entries, 13 each, in their 39 joined proficient MMA triumphs. The champ will climb the rankings and toward the title-shot discussion in the top-stacked division.
Allen is a – 440 number one (risk $440 to win $100), while Craig is valued at +310 in the most recent UFC Battle Night: Allen versus Craig chances. In the co-headliner, Michael Spirits (- 280) takes on Jake Matthews (+245) in a matchup of welterweight possibilities. Prior to securing in your picks for UFC Battle Night: Allen versus Craig, ensure you see the MMA expectations and wagering guidance from SportsLine master Daniel Vithlani.
From separating film and following contenders and their camps intently, to following sharp activity and wagering market signals, Vithlani covers the broadness of the MMA wagering scene start to finish. He likewise prepares beginner fighters and talks consistently with MMA warriors to grasp the game’s subtleties.
In his SportsLine debut for UFC 283 in January, Vithlani cleared the principal card and has been a steady victor from that point onward. At UFC 292, he anticipated the steamed for longshot Sean O’Malley (+210) against Aljamain Authentic (- 250) in the bantamweight title headliner. Anybody who has followed Vithlani as of now has seen monstrous returns.
Presently, with UFC Battle Night: Allen versus Craig at hand, Vithlani has scoured the card start to finish and delivered his top choices.
PREVIEW: UFC Allen vs. Craig
Allen (22-5) joined the UFC in October 2019 as a sought after prospect following a disagreement the Heritage Battling Union that saw him become the advancement’s middleweight champion. His UFC debut brought about an accommodation prevail upon veteran competitor Kevin Holland, and Allen’s stock took off behind two additional noteworthy triumphs.
Nonetheless, his force was slowed down by a knockout misfortune to Sean Strickland, who is currently the UFC middleweight champion. Allen bounced back with two successes before he was halted again by veteran power puncher Chris Curtis, passing on certain eyewitnesses to scrutinize the UFC roof for the expert grappler.
Yet, the 27-year-old South Carolina local has gained ground to quiet his faultfinders behind his ongoing series of wins that has seen him submit three sequential imposing rivals. In his last excursion, he gagged out veteran Bruno Silva in the main round.
Craig (17-6-1) is correspondingly a ground-game expert who has seen a lot of highs and lows in his UFC vocation yet is known for pulling off a small bunch of monstrous surprises whenever most MMA spectators allowed him little opportunity.
For instance, the 35-year-old Scottish contender began his UFC spell with two continuous misfortunes and, in his third, he was losing conveniently to valued prospect Magomed Ankalaev. Craig pulled off an accommodation at 4:59 of the third round to win the battle, prone to save his work and procure a presentation reward. Ankalaev is at present positioned third and has battled for the light heavyweight title.
Craig went on a six-battle unbeaten streak that saw him close in on a main five light heavyweight positioning, however back-to-back misfortunes to positioned competitors constrained him to drop down a weight division. The 35-year-old Scottish warrior made his middleweight debut in July and scored a TKO of Andre Muniz in the subsequent round.
PREDICTIONS: UFC Allen vs. Craig
We’ll share one of Vithlani’s UFC Battle Night choices here: He is going with Amanda Ribas (- 250) to move beyond Luana Pinheiro (+205) in a clash of ladies’ strawweight competitors on the fundamental card.
Ribas (12-4) is a flexible warrior who arose as a competitor behind wins in her initial four UFC excursions however has since lost three of her beyond five against upper-level contest. The Brazilian was halted in the second round by Maycee Hairdresser in their June battle.
Pinheiro (12-1) is a “Dana White’s Competitor Series” alum who has won her initial three UFC appearances. The Brazilian hooking expert took a choice over veteran Michelle Waterson in April.
“Ribas can battle behind her volume hitting outwardly with less gamble of taking a strong counterpunch. Pinheiro is surely a talented possibility with specialized kickboxing, yet she doesn’t have near the degree of involvement of Ribas,” Vithlani told SportsLine.
ODDS: UFC Fight Night Fight Card
Brendan Allen (-425) vs. Paul Craig (+330)
Michael Morales (-280) vs. Jake Matthews (+245)
Chase Hooper (-220) vs. Jordan Leavitt (+180)
Payton Talbott (-575) vs. Nick Aguirre (+425)
Amanda Ribas (-250) vs. Luana Pinheiro (+205)
Uros Medic (-245) vs. Johnny Parsons (+200)
Jonathan Pearce (-130) vs. Joanderson Brito (+110)
Mick Parkin (-345) vs. Caio Machado (+275)
Jose Johnson (-190) vs. Chad Anheliger (+160)
Trey Ogden (+120) vs. Nikolas Motta (-140)