UFC 267 is one of the most stacked cards of the year. Headlined by a championship doubleheader, the main event will see Jan Blachowicz take on the veteran Glover Teixeira. There are enthralling matchups from top to bottom this Saturday, so here are some UFC 267 betting tips to help you win big during this early event.
UFC 267 Betting Tips
Dan Hooker to win outright (+440)
Dan Hooker (21-10) is fast establishing himself as one of the baddest men on the planet. Hooker dominated Nasrat Haqparast just over a month ago at UFC 266, and will now make consecutive numbered event appearances against top lightweight contender Islam Makhachev (20-1).
No matter your opinions on who will win this bout, the betting lines are a little ridiculous. It is highly unlikely that the lines shall ever be so wide for a number 5 vs number 6 contender bout. It is almost certain that being a teammate of Khabib Nurmagomedov has influenced the discourse around the ability of Makhachev. Furthermore, when analysing the stylistic matchup, there are areas of Makhachev’s game that Hooker can exploit.
Makhachev is undoubtedly a very impressive wrestler whose striking has received praise in recent bouts. However, his resume lacks a marquee win over a name the size of Hookers. Makhachev will attempt to take Hooker to the ground almost immediately and will be a constant submission threat on the matt.
Hooker has some of the most dangerous knees in the UFC, something that shall stand him in good stead when attempting to defend takedowns from his talented opponent. Hooker has also earned his nickname “The Hangman” with seven of his twenty-one wins coming by way of submission. His strong guillotine choke could serve as a useful defence if he finds himself in bottom position, either to finish the bout or to sweep to his feet. Makhachev also has some holes in his defensive striking. He can throw looping hooks from too far out which leaves him open to counters, which once led to a KO loss vs Adriano Martins.
Although Makhachev has proven himself to be a top talent in the UFC, there is no reason for him to be such a colossal betting favourite in this bout. Hooker’s wrestling looked much improved against Haqparast and he has far more experience against top guys within the promotion. Given the betting lines, Hooker is a great first pick for any UFC 267 betting tips.
Petr Yan to win via decision (+150)
Petr Yan (15-2) takes on Cory Sandhagen (14-3) in a potential fight of the year contender. Both men have recently lost to bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling, however, they will each have the chance to walk out of the octagon interim champion.
Cory Sandhagen comes into this contest after losing a razor-tight decision to former-champ TJ Dillashaw. Sandhagen is a beautiful striker, as creative as he is dangerous, as exemplified by his flying knee KO over Frankie Edgar. His greatest disadvantage against Yan lies in his grappling, but limiting TJ Dillashaw to two from nineteen takedowns will give him great confidence coming into this matchup.
Petr Yan is one of the biggest talents to ever grace the octagon. Losing his title to Aljamain Sterling due to an illegal knee will certainly give the Russian extra motivation to put on a show against Sandhagen. Although “Sandman” is known for his high-output striking, Yan’s clinical counters and ability to push the pace will likely disrupt Sandhagen’s rhythm to the degree that the former champ shall start to dictate where the fight goes.
Sandhagen has never been knocked out, meaning that sweetening the odds by betting on a Yan decision victory is a good choice. Therefore, Yan via decision is the second pick of these UFC 267 betting tips.
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