UFC on ESPN: Hall vs. Strickland Main Card Betting Odds and Preview
The action from the Octagon never stops, as another installment of UFC on ESPN will deliver another stacked slate of huge fights to close out the month of July. Middleweight contenders Uriah Hall and Sean Strickland square off in the main event from Sin City, and we’re bringing coverage once more on what to expect from Saturday night’s big event.
Read on for our odds and preview for the main card of UFC on ESPN: Hall vs. Strickland 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 on ESPN: Hall vs. Strickland Betting Odds and Preview
Where: UFC Apex, Enterprise, NV
When: Saturday, July 31, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
Where to watch: ESPN+
Main Event: Middleweight Bout
Uriah Hall (+176) vs. Sean Strickland (-227)
Jamaican fighter Uriah Hall is having a late-career resurgence, stringing together four straight victories leading up to Saturday’s main event. “Prime Time” will really be the talk of the show at that, but his next opponent has also been on a similar tear.
After his two-year absence in the Octagon from November of 2018 due to a motorcycle accident, 30-year-old Sean Strickland has bounced back in an impressive fashion, also sporting a four-fight win streak. In fact, Strickland is undefeated in three fights since making his return in November of last year and moving back to middleweight, which would explain why he’s currently favored to beat Hall as of this moment odds-wise.
Co-Main Event: Bantamweight Bout
Kyung Ho Kang (-141) vs. Rani Yahya (+111)
Another fighter who’s been off the shelf for an extended period of time is Busan native Kyung Ho Kang, who’ll be making his in-ring return since winning in his hometown in December 2019 against Liu Pingyuan. Kang’s last two victories were split-decision wins which, factored with his relatively long hiatus, could spell trouble for the South Korean.
That being said, Brazilian veteran Rani Yhaya could capitalize on Kang’s ring rust, especially considering that he’s hot off a submission win himself over Ray Rodriguez earlier this March. Although, Yahya’s draw to Enrique Barzola and defeat to Ricky Simon in the two fights prior limit his own chances of spoiling his opponent’s return to action.
Women’s Strawweight Bout
Cheyenne Buys (-172) vs. Gloria de Paula (+135)
A couple of aspiring strawweight femmes fatales square off, as both Cheyenne Buys and Gloria de Paula aim to win their first-ever UFC fight.
While Buys is currently the odds-on favorite to win her match against de Paula, it was “Glorinha” who lost to a much tougher opponent in her UFC debut versus former Invicta FC champion Jinh Yu Frey. Working in Buys’ favor, however, is that she won four consecutive fights prior to losing her last fight against another fresh face in Monserrat Conejo, who displayed great mat work that the Team Xtreme Couture member failed to overcome.
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Jared Gooden (TBA) vs. Niklas Stolze (TBA)
Due to Mounir Lazzez’s visa issues, Jared Gooden will be stepping in on short notice to take on Lazzez’s supposed opponent, Niklas Stolze.
Gooden, who cut his teeth at Titan FC, is still in search of his first victory in the UFC after back-to-back defeats to start his career in the promotion. That appears to be a blessing for Stolze, who also lost in his UFC debut last July to Ramazan Emeev. With Gooden having less time to prepare for this bout, Stolze’s first win in the Octagon could very well be at hand.
Zarrukh Adashev (+112) vs. Ryan Benoit (-143)
Speaking of two-fight losing streaks, Saturday’s flyweight bout between Zarrukh Adashev and Ryan Benoit will see two desperate men give it their all considering their now-precarious positions in the UFC.
A multitude of injuries has plagued the 31-year-old Benoit, who lost his last two fights after returning from a two-year absence in 2019. Then again, a 3-4 record in the UFC is still better than Adashev’s 0-2 start in the promotion. The Uzbek from NYC did go the distance in his last defeat, which is a slight improvement compared to his first-round KO at the hands of Tyson Nam in his rude awakening of an Octagon debut.
Bryan Barberena (-278) vs. Jason Witt (+210)
Saturday’s main card will kick off with a bang as welterweight fighters Bryan Barberena and Jason Witt are expected to both come out guns blazing with a flurry of strikes worthy of a performance bonus.
Barberena is coming off abdominal surgery, halting his momentum off his win over Anthony Ivy last September. Meanwhile, Witt has a second-round submission win and a pair of first-round knockout losses in his first three UFC fights. That being said, Witt could find himself back on the upswing if “Bam Bam” Barberena isn’t 100 percent healthy for his bout against “The Vanilla Gorilla”.
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