UFC 245 Betting Preview: Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington
The UFC is back in Las Vegas, with a trio of excellent title fights for MMA fans. Kamaru Usman is defending his title against Colby Covington in the main event, while Max Holloway puts his featherweight title on the line against Alexander Volkanovski.
Last, but by no means least, double-champ Amanda Nunes will defend her bantamweight belt against Germaine de Randamie.
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
When: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington
UFC 45 betting odds: Usman (-179) Covington (+156)
Professional troll Colby Covington (15-1) faces off against the dominant welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (15-1). They were scheduled to fight at UFC 244, but Covington accused the organization of lowballing him to delay the bout. He went on to switch tack, accusing Usman of using the performance-enhancing drug EPO.
Usman is obviously visibly annoyed by Covington, who has powered to five straight decision victories on his road to contention. The latter is still a massive underdog, and he’ll need to be at his best to have a chance at dethroning the champion.
Max Holloway vs. Alexander Volkanovski
UFC 45 betting odds: Holloway (-172) Volkanovski (+150)
Max Holloway (21-4) is up against the highly rated Alexander Volkanovski (20-1). Volkanovski’s sole loss came all the way back in 2013, where he succumbed to a head kick TKO against Corey Nelson. He’s beaten sixteen opponents without reply in the following six years, leading up to a UD win over former champ Jose Aldo last time out.
Holloway is no slouch, and his sheer volume of strikes could be enough to make the difference against a noticeably smaller man. They both have cardio for days, but it’s Holloway’s to lose if he utilises his clear reach advantage.
Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie
UFC 45 betting odds: Nunes (-280) de Randamie (+235)
Amanda Nunes (18-4) holds both the featherweight and bantamweight belts, and Germaine de Randamie (9-3) is a former featherweight champion. In a turn up for the books, de Randamie has decided to go for the bantamweight belt instead. It’s also a repeat of their 2013 bout, which Nunes won by TKO in the first round. It’s hard to see past the same result in their rematch, no matter what weight they compete at.