UFC 250 Betting Preview | Nunes v Spencer
UFC 250 Spreads & Odds Preview
MMA fans can look forward to another exciting barrage of action when UFC 250 heads to Las Vegas on Saturday, 6 June. Brazilian superstar Amanda Nunes will put her featherweight title belt on the line when she locks horns with former Invicta FC champion Felicia Spencer in the main event. The co-main bout sees Cody Garbrandt take on Raphael Assuncao, while a bantamweight battle between Aljamain Sterling and Cory Sandhagen also looks intriguing. Read on to learn more about the background to this event, the fights it will host and the exciting MMA spread betting and fixed-odds wagering options at your disposal.
UFC 250 Background
UFC president Dana White has displayed fierce reserves of tenacity, creativity and determination to stage events during the coronavirus lockdown. The promotion continued staging fight nights long after the vast majority of sports leagues and tournaments were suspended.
White finally caved in after broadcast partner ESPN and parent company Disney turned up the heat, and UFC 249 – scheduled to take place in Brooklyn on 18 April – was called off. However, it took less than a month for action to resume, as UFC 249 delighted MMA fans on 10 May.
That was the first in a thrilling triple-header of events in Jacksonville. There were no fans inside the arena, but a vast TV audience watched on as Justin Gaethje eviscerated Tony Ferguson, Francis Ngannou knocked out Jairzinho Rozenstruik and many more gladiators waged war inside the Octagon. The action then switched to UFC APEX in Las Vegas at the weekend. Tyron Woodley beat Gilbert Burns in the main event. UFC APEX, a purpose-built MMA production facility, will also host UFC 250 this coming weekend.
The event was initially slated to take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 20 April, but it was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The event has ultimately been delayed by six weeks & moved to Las Vegas, meaning a number of international participants are unable to attend. A scheduled light heavyweight clash between Mauricio Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was cancelled, among others. UFC 250 was initially supposed to see Henry Cejudo face Dominick Cruz, but that was moved to UFC 249.
However, UFC chiefs have displayed creativity once again to cobble together another exciting card for UFC 250. There will of course be no fans inside UFC APEX, meaning you will hear every punch, kick, knee and elbow. This week has seen riots break out across the country following George Floyd’s death in Minnesota. There were 80 arrests in Las Vegas after 12 officers were injured during the protests, but UFC 250 is expected to go ahead without a hitch.
Amanda Nunes vs. Felicia Spencer Preview
Nunes reigns supreme at the top of the UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings. She is the first female UFC fighter to hold title belts in two different weight classes simultaneously, and she is currently on a 10-fight winning streak.
She won the bantamweight championship at UFC 200 back in the summer of 2016, and mounted successful title defences against Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko and Raquel Pennington. The 32-year-old Brazilian fighter then beat Chris Cyborg to seize the featherweight championship in December 2018, and she has since beaten Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie.
She is the 2/13 favourite to beat Spencer on Saturday night in the UFC 250 betting odds. However, Spencer was the Invicta FC featherweight champion before beating Megan Anderson on her UFC debut a year ago, so she will provide stern competition. The Florida native lost to Cyborg via a unanimous decision in her second UFC bout, but bounced back with a TKO win against Zarah Fairn Dos Santos in February. Nunes has proved herself to be a better striker than Cyborg, and she boasts a superior takedown defence, so it is easy to see why she is the favourite to win the fight. She is priced at 79-85 in the UFC spread betting 100 Win Index, while Spencer is 15-21. However, all champions are vulnerable, and Spencer will bid for an early takedown and submission, so it should be a gripping contest.
Cody Garbrandt vs. Raphael Assuncao Preview
Former UFC bantamweight champion Garbrandt was initially due to fight Assuncao in March, but he pulled out due to kidney issues. The rivals will now finally lock horns on Saturday night, and it should prove to be an entertaining battle. Garbrandt rose to the top of the bantamweight decision with a scintillating points victory over Cruz in December 2016, but then lost his belt to T.J. Dillashaw. He lost a rematch to Dillashaw in 2018, and then suffered a third consecutive defeat when he met Pedro Munhoz at UFC 235 in March 2019. He will now return to the Octagon after a 15-month absence to take on a dangerous veteran in Assuncao.
The Brazilian fighter lost to Sandhagen last time out, and dropped to fifth in the UFC bantamweight rankings as a result. However, he has beaten many big names throughout his career, including Dillashaw, Marlon Moraes, Sterling and Munhoz. Assuncao is a superb grappler and he has strong defensive skills. Eight of his last 10 fights have gone the distance, and he has a reach advantage over Garbrandt, so he could play it safe and try to control the fight. However, Garbrandt is eight years younger, he is in excellent physical condition and he has won both of his only two fights that have gone the distance, so that may be a risky strategy. Garbrandt has won 82% of his fights by knockout and he is primarily a striker, so it should be a fascinating clash of styles. Garbrandt is the 52-58 favourite in the 100 Index and 13/20 in the fixed-odds betting, while Assuncao is priced at 6/5, with a 100 Index of 42-48.
Aljamain Sterling vs. Cory Sandhagen Preview
Sterling will bid to extend his winning streak to five fights when he meets Sandhagen in the Octagon at UFC 250. He picked up an impressive victory over Munhoz last time out, courtesy of a unanimous decision, and he is now up to number two in the bantamweight rankings. Sandhagen is fourth after that win against Assuncao. That took him to 12-1 in his career, and he has won all five UFC fights. Both of these fighters are on the up, and our traders expect to see a very close contest.
Sterling is the narrow favourite at 48-54 in the 100 Win Index, while Sandhagen is 46-52. However, Sandhagen is the 5/6 favourite in the fixed-odds betting, with Sterling priced at 20/21. Some fans think this should be the main event, as both fighters are extremely talented and it looks like the best fight on the card from a competitive standpoint. They are both in terrific condition. Sandhagen is perhaps a slightly more dynamic fighter, but Sterling is an awkward opponent, with damaging kicks and strong grappling skills, so it should be an engrossing fight.
The Rest of The Card at UFC 250
UFC has compiled yet another exciting, stacked card to keep fans entertained while the majority of the sporting calendar has been disrupted.
Another interesting clash sees the experienced Neil Magny take on Tony Martin. Magny is the 4/6, while you can find 23/20 on Martin.
“Sugar” Sean O’Malley is the 1/5 outsider in his fight against Eddie Wineland, who knocked out Grigory Popov in his last fight.
Winleand is 7/2 to get the job done. The preliminary card also features Alex Caceres vs. Chase Hooper, Ian Heinisch vs. Gerald Meerschaert, Cody Stamann vs. Brian Keheller, Charles Byrd vs. Maki Pitolo, Alex Perez vs. Jussier Formiga and Alonzo Menifield vs. Devin Clark.
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