Five of the Best UFC Fights to Bet on in December 2020
The holiday season is going to be so much better knowing that we have some seriously top-notch UFC fights to bet on.
I mean, there is only so much turkey you can eat and awful Christmas songs you can listen to before you make your exit out the bedroom window for a little peace. It makes things much bearable, let me tell you.
Anyway, I have five UFC fights to bet on in December to run through with you today. So, let’s get down to business without any further delay.
Hermansson vs. Holland – UFC Fight Night, December 5
The UFC middleweight title is currently under lock and key at the Israel Adesanya residence.
But make no mistake, Adesanya is not without his challengers. Two men who will be particularly confident of testing the grip the champion has on his crown are Jack Hermansson and Kevin Holland, who square off in a key 185-pound contest on December 5.
Hermansson was initially set to face Liverpool’s Darren Till in the main event of this card. But Till was forced to pull out, opening the door for Holland to make a huge impression on the division.
Holland is unranked, while Hermansson sits at 4th place in the division. Needless to say, a win for Holland here would push him well into the top 15. A loss for Hermansson would take the shine off his recent accomplishments.
Holland’s odds to beat Hermansson prove that he is not being counted out. Despite being unranked, the bookies don’t see this one as a walkover for the Swede.
All I can say about this fight right now is that it will be war. Neither man has any interest in backing down, so expect fireworks.
Figueiredo vs. Moreno – UFC 256, December 12
UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo is the toast of the UFC right now.
The Brazilian is a phenomenal fighter that has singlehandedly led to the reignition of the men’s 125-pound division. A brutal striker and dangerous submission artist, it’s tough to see how anyone can stop “Deus da Guerra” from dominating his weight class.
Brandon Moreno clearly thinks he has what it takes to do just that. Straight off the back of a TKO win over Brandon Royval at UFC 255, Moreno has got his shot at the king.
Figueiredo headlined UFC 255 against Alex Perez. It took the champ less than two minutes to lock in a guillotine over the challenger and secure his title for at least one more fight.
Following the withdrawal of Petr Yan from his bantamweight scrap with Aljamain Sterling, UFC 256 lost its third headline fight.
Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns were penciled in first for December 12, only for the fight to fall apart. Again. Then, Amanda Nunes withdrew from her fight with Megan Anderson. It’s expected that Figueiredo vs. Moreno will fill that void, just weeks after both men competed at UFC 255.
This is a fight that is more than good enough to headline the show. I can’t wait to see what happens.
Ferguson vs. Oliveira – UFC 256, December 12
People are talking as though Tony Ferguson is done.
Ferguson was admittedly beaten to a pulp by Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 in May. That one-sided loss ruined any hope of a showdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov and certainly brought Ferguson’s detractors in from the cold.
Were we witnessing the real-time decline of one of the best lightweights of all time? Or was that defeat, Ferguson’s first in 13 fights spanning eight years, just one of those days?
We’ll find out the answers to any questions involving Ferguson on December 12. Especially as the man doing the question will be Charles Oliveira, perhaps the most underrated lightweight in the upper half of the division.
Oliveira is riding a seven-fight win streak into this one. His last appearance inside the cage resulted in an impressive submission win over Kevin Lee in March, and he is aiming to get his hands on a title shot.
Does Oliveira deserve to be among the leading candidates to replace Khabib Nurmagomedov as the next UFC lightweight champion? We’ll find out what Tony Ferguson has to say about that at UFC 256.
Edwards vs. Chimaev – UFC Fight Night, December 19
Is there any combat sports prospect on the planet as exciting as Khamzat Chimaev? If there is, I am unaware of them.
Chimaev has basically smashed every fighter he has faced to date. The longest anyone has lasted against the Chechen-born Swede is 1:15 of the second round, and he has six KO/TKOs and three submissions from nine fights.
Put simply, this is the most terrifying prospect out there for many of the UFC’s welterweights or middleweights. But if you think Leon Edwards will be quaking in his boots, you have another think coming.
Edwards has pretty much been the forgotten man of the 170-pound class. Currently #3 in the official UFC welterweight rankings, the Birmingham fighter is on an eight-fight win streak with victories over Rafael dos Anjos, Gunnar Nelson, and Donald Cerrone from his last three.
Edwards is legit, which makes this fight so exciting. I mean, if Chimaev can smash one of the best welterweights on the planet, he goes from highly-touted prospect to title contender. Immediately.
Will Chimaev beat Edwards? Or does “Rocky” have too much for “Borz”?
Thompson vs. Neal – UFC Fight Night, December 19
And finally, who is looking forward to seeing Stephen Thompson in there against Geoff Neal?
What a fight this should be. Both men are serious strikers that will entertain us. When it comes to technical proficiency, it’s hard to look past “Wonderboy” as one of the best examples there is of the complete striker. On that alone, Neal is up against it.
However, I am anticipating a fun fight for as long as it lasts. It’ll be nice to see Neal back in the cage, too, given that he is back working as a dinner server at a Texas Roadhouse.
I’m looking forward to breaking this fight down for you, as well as the others above, so make sure to check in regularly with me on our picks section for the latest UFC fight predictions as well as odds and best bets for the bouts.
More Fights to Bet On
So, December is packed with UFC fights to wager on. And not just any old fights, either.
I’m stoked to see all of the fights above. There is some real quality in all five scraps, and I’m not expecting any of them to let us down.
Now, we have more fights coming up in 2021. The biggest of them all will be Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2 at UFC 257 on January 23. The promotion is also working on a few other big ones, so you can get excited for the new year and the major clashes it will bring.
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Enjoy the fights!