UFC 255 is headlined by a flyweight title doubleheader. Despite the UFC putting out some lacklustre cards as of late, this card is stacked with great matchups and fan favourites. There are so many options of what to bet on this weekend, so with that being said here are three strong value picks for these UFC 255 betting tips.
UFC 255 Betting Tips
1) Mike Perry to win (-140)
Mike Perry (14-6) might be the hardest fighter to understand on the roster. Whether it’s his confusing in-cage form, or out of the cage antics, not much seems to make sense with the Floridian.
Perry has three wins in his last eight bouts, a record which really does not cover him in glory. However, this is not to say Perry is a bad fighter. Perry has been fighting the elite of the welterweight division throughout that run and has even got a highlight victory over the bona fide gangster Paul Felder. Perry is a solid striker, with boxing being his wheelhouse. Although “Platinum” has been, fairly, labelled as a brawler, in his last bout he dismantled Mickey Gall with a patient and effective approach. Perry has the power to put anybody out, and if he fights smarter he will finally be able to put together a winning streak.
The late notice replacement for Robbie Lawler, Tim Means (30-12-1) has engaged with a healthy competition with Perry for who can have the worst recent record, with three wins in his last seven bouts. Means has been fighting a significantly lower calibre of opponent than Perry and at 36 years of age is unlikely to have made any tangible adjustments coming into this scrap.
“The Dirty Bird” is stylistically similar to Perry, meaning that this bout should be an all-out war. However, Perry should have physical advantages over his opponent. Because of this, if Means stays in the pocket Perry should be able to land the more explosive shots. Perry’s style is easy to expose for distance strikers who systematically pick him apart. Unfortunately, Means’ gameplan will unlikely exploit these weaknesses meaning Perry will pick up a win this weekend.
2) Katlyn Chookagian to win (+190)
Ex-CFFC champion Katlyn Chookagian‘s (14-4) bout against Cynthia Cavillo (9-1-1) is a significant one for the flyweight division. The current crop of fighters at 125lb is seen as relatively weak, particularly when compared to the phenomenal Valentina Shevchenko. Both women will be seeking to add a high-profile name to their resume in order to put them back to the top of the contender pile.
Chookagian is a diverse striker who is able to combine clean boxing with some more show-stopping techniques, such as her question mark kick. “Blonde Fighter” backs this up with a BJJ brown-belt and very solid grappling. Chookagian has recently been utilising her size against the cage in order to try and wear out her generally smaller opponents. This smart approach allows her to drain her opposition too, in turn, make her strikes more devastating.
Calvillo made her move to flyweight after missing the strawweight limit twice in three fights. Calvillo out-classed Jessica Eye in her last bout and looked good in all aspects of mixed martial arts. However, it was evident that in the fourth round her cardio was evidently drained. If Chookagian is able to work the body consistently throughout the contest she should be able to exploit this potential weakness of Calvillo.
Calvillo’s path to victory lies on the ground. Although her striking looked solid vs Eye it is nowhere near the level of Chookagian. Unfortunately for Cavillo, Chookagian is very strong physically, and it will most likely be a challenge for her to get her down. Chookagian has beaten the bookies multiple times as a significant underdog, and it is very likely she shall do the same again this weekend. Therefore, she becomes the only underdog pick of these UFC 255 betting tips.
3) Brandon Moreno to win (-190)
Brandon Moreno (17-5-1) takes on Brandon Royval (12-4) in one of the sleeper hits of UFC 255. Moreno could easily be fighting for the title whilst Royval has been one of the breakout stars of 2020.
Moreno gets better every time we see him in the octagon. There is no obvious weakness in the Mexican’s game, however, he is a submission ace with ten of his seventeen wins coming by way of choke or armbar. Moreno has developed a reliable striking offence, measuring distance effectively in combination with some good forward pressure.
Royval has done nothing but prove the doubters wrong since making his UFC debut against Tim Elliott. Royval picked the veteran apart on the feet before sinking in a choke in the second round. Against Kai Kara France, Royval added yet another big name to his resume. “Raw Dawg” has shown himself to have fierce power for the division, with each of his UFC opponents being visibly surprised with his punching strength.
Although Royval has demonstrated that he absolutely belongs in the UFC, it’s hard to imagine Brandon Moreno not being too much for him. Despite only being 26, Moreno has seven fights in the UFC. Moreno’s experience against top-level opponents like Jussier Formiga and Sergio Pettis shall likely be enough to lead him through any tough patches in the bout and be enough to earn him a well-deserved title shot.
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