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Ankalaev vs. Cutelaba 2 Betting Preview With Odds and Best Bets – UFC 252 Betting

| August 12, 2020 7:08 am PDT
Ankalaev vs. Cutelaba 2 Best Bets

It was the weirdest of fights, and now it is set to happen again. That’s right, Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba 2 will go down on Saturday, August 15 at UFC 252.

The top UFC betting sites have Ankalaev as a significant betting favorite over Cutelaba, which is not the greatest surprise in the world. Even though their first fight ended in controversial circumstances after just 38 seconds, we caught a glimpse of how these two match up.

The bad news for Cutelaba is that Ankalaev might be able to handle his striking after all. And given that he has the edge in the grappling department, that spells bad news for “The Hulk.”

Ankalaev vs. Cutelaba – Who Wins?

  • Magomed Ankalaev to Win by Decision

I think Dagestan’s Ankalaev is just the better all-round fighter.

Providing he doesn’t decide to throw his chin into Cutelaba’s fists, and instead executes a sound but simple gameplan, he should walk away with the win.

Will it be close? It could very well be in certain respects, especially early on, but I’m backing Ankalev to get it done.

Latest Ankalaev vs. Cutelaba Odds

Magomed Ankalaev to Win-300
Ion Cutelaba to Win+250

Ankalaev opened as a -175 favorite in their first fight back at UFC Fight Night 169, before swinging out as low as -400.

So, no it’s no surprise to see the Gorets fighter heavily backed in the rematch, on account of the above odds taken from the BetOnline sportsbook. 

Cutelaba’s odds are tempting, however. I know there will be a few bettors keen to take a leap of faith on him. And you know, it’s not the worst idea I’ve ever heard.

Best Ankalaev vs. Cutelaba Bets

The three UFC 252 props below are well worth looking at. There are two wagers for Ankalaev to win, with the other a bet on Cutelaba on the moneyline.

Ankalaev to Win by KO/TKO/DQ/Submission -163

With 8 KOs from 14 wins, Ankalaev is no joke. 

Sure, he has no submission wins, with the rest of his victories coming by way of decisions, but odds of -163 for a finish of any kind is better than the moneyline.

Ankalaev to Win by Decision +350

The real betting value on Ankalaev is backing him to win by decision. But given that only one of his last five wins was earned on the cards, you might want to think a little more about things.

None of Cutelaba’s last five fights have gone the distance. 

Ion Cutelaba to Win +250

Cutelaba has three wins from those last five fights, and all of them – against Khalil Rountree Jr., Gadzhimurad Antigulov, and Henrique da Silva – have all come by KO/TKO. 

Is he worth a pop at +250? Absolutely. If you’re tempted to back him to stop Ankalev, you can get slightly better odds (+300).

Why Ankalev Beats Cutelaba

In simple terms, I’m not sure the wild ways of Ion Cutelaba are going to earn him much leverage against a better grappler – and potentially a better striker – in Magomed Akalaev. 

Both guys will be confident of the finish, but the grappling chops of Ankalaev give him the advantage when both are compared. Now, I’m not saying that Cutelaba cannot catch him with something nice, but I think he has what would be referred to as a “puncher’s chance” in boxing.

Adopting a more cautious approach by way of slick grappling and well-timed shots, I see Ankalaev taking this one by decision. 

And That’s All For Now

If you haven’t already done so, check out our UFC 252 betting guide complete with odds, predictions, and bets for all fights on the night. 

This one could be crazy, but I’m expecting it to be nowhere as wild as the first fight was. I mean, how could it be? 

With UFC 252 almost upon us, it’s quite tempting to start looking at what’s around the corner. If you’ve got your bets down for Saturday’s event at the APEX, feel free to check out our pages for UFC 253 and UFC 254, below.

Adam Haynes
Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

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