UFC 271: Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2 Main Card Betting Odds and Preview
The second premier UFC event of the year will, coincidentally, feature the second title bout between middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and his challenger Robert Whittaker. This rematch has long been in the making and the rest of UFC 271’s main card is stacked with many more thrilling matchups to give the main event a run for its money this Saturday night in Houston.
Read on for our odds and preview for the main card of UFC 271: Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2 below. And for all the latest news and updates in and out of the Octagon, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.
UFC 271: Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2 Betting Odds and Preview
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
When: Saturday, February 12, 2022, 10:00 PM ET
Where to watch: ESPN+
Main Event: Middleweight Title Bout
Israel Adesanya (-286) vs. Robert Whittaker (+229)
It’s been over two years since Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker faced off in UFC 243. The former ended up defending his interim middleweight title and would go on to cement himself as the top fighter in the division even to this day. “The Last Stylebender” is unbeaten in 20-career middleweight bouts, including three successful title defenses over Yoel Romero, Paulo Costa, and most recently, Marvin Vettori.
Whittaker, meanwhile, also hasn’t stopped piling up dubs following his loss to Adesanya. “The Reaper” is currently on a three-fight win streak, with each of his victories over Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum all being via unanimous decision. The Kiwi from Auckland is 12-1 in the UFC since June 2014, with his only defeat coming to Adesanya.
Co-Main Event: Heavyweight Bout
Derrick Lewis (-182) vs. Tai Tuivasa (+155)
37-year-old heavyweight veteran Derrick Lewis is hoping to put on a much better showing than his showing in front of his hometown crowd in Houston. Lewis’ defeat and the hands of Ciryl Gane in last August’s fight for the heavyweight belt was a total downer, but “The Black Beast” bounced back nicely with an impressive first-round knockout win over Chris Daukaus in December.
Another fighter from Oceania joins Whittaker in hopes of bringing glory to the continent on Saturday, as Sydney-born Tai Tuavasa looks to extend his winning ways. The 28-year-old Aussie is 4-0 over his last four fights, securing wins over some of the promotion’s more notable figures such as Stefan Struve and Greg Hardy. Tuavasa’s biggest challenge to date approaches in Lewis, who’s 5-1 in the Octagon since 2019.
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Jared Cannonier (-169) vs. Derek Brunson (+145)
Third-ranked middleweight contender Jared Cannonier and fourth-ranked Derek Brunson square off to decide who’ll likely challenge the eventual winner of UFC 271’s main event.
Cannonier’s loss to Whittaker was touched upon earlier, but “The Killa Gorilla” out of Dallas picked up a W last August with a unanimous-decision victory over the aforementioned Gastelum. He, like Lewis, will be a crowd favorite at the Toyota Center apart from still having a glowing 4-1 record over his last five fights; three via stoppage with each being ended before the first minute of the second round.
Brunson, meanwhile, also has something in common with Whittaker. The southpaw from North Carolina’s last defeat also came against Adesanya from back in 2018. Since then, though, Brunson has won all of his next five fights and recently choked out Darren Till during their UFC Fight Night headliner last September.
Kyler Phillips (-400) vs. Marcelo Rojo (+315)
After his promising 3-0 start in the UFC, MMA Labs’ Kyler Phillips appears to have met his match when he lost to Raulian Paiva in July of last year. But like his one and only other professional defeat, he lasted the entire bout and did not lose unanimously to his opponent.
Phillips is now given an opportunity to secure his 10th-career MMA win when he takes on relative newcomer Marcelo Rojo. The “Pitbull” out of Argentina didn’t look good in his UFC debut, as he was handed a third-round knockout by Charles Jourdain with less than 30 seconds left in the bout. Rojo sports a 16-8 professional record, which further adds to his underdog status against the 9-2 Phillips.
Bobby Green (-139) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (+123)
UFC 271 kicks off its main card with a lightweight showdown between “King” Bobby Green and German prodigy Nasrat Haqparast. Green was present at UFC 265 in Houston last August in a loss to Rafael Fiziev that still earned him Fight of the Night honors. He got back on the win column in triumphant fashion shortly after in November, knocking out Al Iaquinta in the first round for his 28th-career victory.
Unfortunately for Haqparast, he won’t be going into his fight against Green with similar momentum. The 26-year-old kickboxing expert saw his short two-fight win streak snapped at the hands of UFC veteran Dan Hooker, as the Hamburg native is now 5-3 in the UFC. Haqparast hasn’t been awarded any fight bonuses over his last four outings as well, meaning that he’ll also need to dazzle the Texas crowd to further boost his stock in the crowded lightweight division.
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