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Best Bets for UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Volkov – Blaydes to Finish Volkov and Much More

| June 18, 2020 1:55 am PDT
UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Volkov

I’m hyped for Curtis Blades vs. Alexander Volkov, but probably not as much as I am to see if I can get all of my UFC Fight Night bets right. The action is scheduled for this Saturday, June 20, at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

The top UFC betting sites have released odds for all of the fights on the card. You can get some really interesting props and specials, but today, I’ll be focusing on the best bets to target this weekend.

I’ve taken the odds below from the Betway sportsbook. Keep in mind that the odds are subject to change.

With that, let’s get into my UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Volkov best bets.

Curtis Blaydes to Win by KO/TKO/DQ/Submission (-225)

Blaydes is aiming to push himself into contention for a shot at the UFC heavyweight title with a win in the main event. Well, guess what? So is Volkov. And he’s not going down without a fight.

Unfortunately for the Russian, he faces one of the very best heavyweights in MMA. Blaydes has beaten everyone put in front of him not named Francis Ngannou and continues to impress in his career in the UFC. 

While sizing up bets for Blaydes vs. Volkov, I was impressed by the one above. You can get odds of -225 on Blaydes winning pretty much every way other than by decision, which is pretty decent.

In 16 fights, Blaydes has only ever made it to the scorecards on three occasions. His last two fights — against Shamil Abdurakhimov and Junior dos Santos — have ended by stoppage, too.

Blaydes continues to evolve as a fighter every time he steps into the cage. While he is known for his wrestling, his striking has improved massively in just a few years. All in all, he is an absolute nightmare for anyone at heavyweight. 

I think it’s almost guaranteed that Blaydes will get Volkov to the ground. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one end similar to the Blaydes vs. Overeem fight, when the American pummelled Overeem with some disgusting ground and pound.

Blaydes by TKO is my call.

Raquel Pennington to Win (-163)

I’ll take Pennington to beat Marion Reneau by any method. And I’d bet Pennington is thinking the same.

Things haven’t gone quite how “Rocky” would have wanted in her career. She is 2-3 in her last five bouts. But it’s difficult to be too critical of Pennington when you realize that she was beaten by Holly Holm, Germaine de Randamie, and Amanda Nunes.

In some ways, Pennington has often found herself wanting when facing elite opponents. But she does have wins over both Jessica Andrade and Miesha Tate. 

Pennington had a shot at the 135-pound title in 2018 but was absolutely battered by Nunes. It seems as though Nunes is thinking of retiring, which would be news to any bantamweight with designs on the title. So a win for Pennington in this fight could be crucial to her ambitions down the line.

Reneau turns 43 on Saturday night and is not getting any better. While she will be motivated by beating Pennington, there is little left for her to pursue in this sport.

A dangerous puncher, Pennington will need to be careful when Reneau closes in. That said, Pennington is one of the toughest ladies on the roster and should be able to take what Reneau dishes out.

I’ll take Pennington to win by decision in a fight about as pretty as Roy Nelson in a bikini. 

Bobby Green to Win (-250)

Bobby Green is on a two-fight skid, having suffered losses to Drakkar Klose and Francisco Trinaldo. But he has a great chance to get back in the winning column against UFC veteran Clay Guida. 

Guida is approaching 17 years as a professional and will be fighting for the 55th time in his career. “The Carpenter” last appeared under the UFC banner in August 2019, losing by submission to Jim Miller. Prior to that loss, he had beaten B.J. Penn by decision.

Green will feel confident of putting in a fight-winning performance on Saturday night. Guida is far from his peak as a fighter, and at 38, he is certainly getting no younger. It remains to be seen what he has left to offer, but if Green can’t win this one, he should probably think about doing something different.

I’m tempted to go for a KO/TKO win for Green, but the safe bet is to back him to get the win.

Although Guida is not what he used to be, his chin is still solid. That said, if Green can wear him down and find the right shots, he could stop him. And if odds of -250 don’t do it for you, you might want to check out what you can get on the Green vs. Guida prop bets and specials.

Max Rohskoph to Win (-188)

I’m looking forward to seeing if Max Rohskopf has what it takes to make a long and prosperous career for himself in the UFC. 

Rohskoph is a former NCAA Division I All-American wrestler who certainly looks the part. He has five straight submissions in his five pro fights to date, and could be one of the most exciting grappling prospects to emerge in quite some time.

Rohskoph will be welcomed to the promotion by Austin Hubbard, but don’t expect any gifts or pleasantries to be exchanged. Hubbard is 11-4 in MMA, and 1-2 in the UFC. Needless to say, he needs this win. But it’s going to tough as hell for the Elevation Fight Team prospect. 

Rohskoph could be worth backing for the submission. But at the same time, he is fighting a level up. The win is probably the safest bet. 

Have You Checked My Other Predictions?

The bets above are what I believe to be the safest wagers you can place on UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Volkov. But you might find it interesting to look over my predictions for the winners of all fights on the card.

Blaydes vs. Volkov should be a great fight, and I’m hyped as you can get for this one. There are, of course, other quality bouts on Saturday night to look for. I can’t really say that I’m disappointed with this event at all.

But let’s see how the fights go before praising it any further! 

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.

For his troubles, Adam is a fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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