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McGregor vs. Poirier 2 and More of the Best UFC Fights to Bet on in January 2021

| January 9, 2021 6:37 am PDT
Best UFC Fights to Bet on in January 2021

The UFC heads back to Fight Island, Abu Dhabi in January for a trio of events that culminate with Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.

Now, I know betting on McGregor vs. Poirier 2 is going to be à la mode over the coming weeks. But I’m also here to tell you about more of the best UFC fights to bet on in January 2021.

If you’re wondering how to make money betting on UFC bouts this month, you can start by checking out the first event of this three-part Fight Island spectacular. That event is, of course, UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar, which features a potential fight of the year candidate in Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar.

Holloway vs. Kattar goes down on January 16, just days before a rare Wednesday event headlined by Michael Chiesa and Neil Magny on January 20.

If you have found yourself here because you are looking at how and where to bet on UFC 257, you should stick around and read about the other events and UFC fights to watch in January 2021.

Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar

  • UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar
  • January 16

Former UFC featherweight king Max Holloway takes on an absolute monster in Calvin Kattar on January 16.

Holloway, who probably should have reclaimed his title in last year’s rematch with Alexander Volkanovsi, is itching to get back into the winning column. Even Joe Rogan and Dana White protested the decision that night, and I have to agree. Max won.

It’s unthinkable that “Blessed” could find himself on a three-fight skid and will do everything within his powers to set things right.

That’s easier said than done when Kattar is standing in front of you, however.

Since being drafted into the UFC in 2017, “The Boston Finisher” has battled his way to the upper reaches of the division. He is 6-2 from eight fights in the promotion, with decision losses to Zabit Magomedsharipov and Renato Moicano his only setbacks thus far.

Holloway’s odds to beat Kattar, plus predictions and the best bets for the fight, in my betting preview for Holloway vs. Kattar.

Alessio Di Chirico vs. Joaquin Buckley

  • UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar
  • January 16

Joaquin Buckley can lay claim to arguably the most spectacular knockout in MMA history.

2020 sucked for a lot of people, but not for Buckley. Well, the last quarter of the year was pretty awesome, at least.

Having been signed as a late replacement in a fight against Kevin Holland in August, Buckley’s debut didn’t go as planned. He was knocked out by the UFC fighter of the year candidate in the third round.

But boy, did Buckley come back with a bang. He pulled off that spectacular finish of Impa Kasanganay before knocking out Jordan right a few weeks later. It was a remarkable end to the year for “New Mansa,” who ended both fights with Performance of the Night bonuses.

Alessio Di Chirico will be a tough test for Buckley, however. He has great cardio and a solid chin and can ask questions of the American that he has not been forced to answer before.

As I explain in my Di Chirico vs. Buckley predictions and pick, I don’t see this being as much of a clear cut victory for the new UFC star as some think it will be.

Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Li Jingliang

  • UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar
  • January 16

Speaking of when unstoppable forces meet immovable objects, Ponzinibbio’s clash with Li is going to be something.

The Argentine destroyer makes his first UFC appearance since knocking out Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night 140 in November 2018. That was just the second knockout suffered by the tough Magny in his career, but the 15th doled out by “Gente Boa.”

I guess the question here is, can China’s Li Jingliang stand up to the same punishment? We certainly know that he is capable of taking a wallop or two, given that he has never lost inside the distance. But has he ever faced a fighter with the power the Argentine possesses?

The answer is no. But, that doesn’t immediately mean that you should throw the contents of your bank account on a Ponzinibbio KO.

You can find the bet I’ll be placing on the fight in my predictions and best bets for Fight Island 7.

Michael Chiesa vs. Neil Magny

  • UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Magny
  • January 20

Chiesa vs. Magny should be an interesting fight.

The chances of a knockout are… how should I put this? You probably have more chance of convincing Neil deGrasse Tyson that the earth is flat than you do of seeing Chiesa knock anyone out. He has scored a grand total of ZERO KO/TKOs in 21 career bouts.

Magny has seven KO/TKOs from 31, with two from his last eleven fights.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that this fight will not be action-packed. Chiesa has 11 career submissions, while Magny is a very interesting fighter to watch if you’re into a more cerebral style inside the cage.

It sounds crazy, sure, but this could be a very good fight.

Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown

  • UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Magny
  • January 20

I’m looking forward to seeing old-timers Carlos Condit and Matt Brown shuffling their way to the cage behind their Reebok walkers on January 20.

Just kidding, of course. These two aren’t as old as you might think. Condit is 36, while Brown is just three years older at 39. With that said, both men belong to a different era, and it’s almost nailed on that one of them will retire (in Brown’s sake, for good) at the end of this year.

You know, Dana White should make this fight all about that. The loser has to go. That’s it. Job done.

Sounds a little cruel and very disrespectful, but I don’t mean to come across in either way. I’m just saying how cool it would be to see how much fighters would put it all on the line if they knew a loss would see them cut.

We could apply the same theory to rival burger flippers or surgeons. A little healthy competition is good, right?

All jokes aside, this should be a very interesting bout.

Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler

  • UFC 257
  • January 23

A matchup between an underrated lightweight destroyer vs. a former three-time Bellator champion serves as the co-main for UFC 257.

I am, of course, talking about Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler.

Hooker is a long and rangy striker with excellent takedown defense. He has been in there with some of the best fighters in the business and will be confident of making Chandler’s UFC debut one that he will never forget. For all the wrong reasons, of course.

Those betting on Chandler to beat Hooker will be as equally confident in seeing their man get the job done. But at 34, and with a so-so resume in recent years, is he really good enough to thrive in the shark-infested waters of the 155-pound division?

Chandler is a fighter that many fans have wanted to see in the UFC for a long time. Now, they will get the opportunity to see what he is really made of.

This will be an awesome fight. But it’s the one that comes straight after it that could make even a grown man’s heart beat faster than a flying knee from Jorge Masvidal.

Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2

  • UFC 257
  • January 23

What are the odds for Conor McGregor beating Dustin Poirier in the biggest rematch MMA has seen in quite some time?

Well, it’s quite simple. You can find the latest McGregor vs. Poirier 2 odds on the best MMA betting apps or any of their accompanying desktop sites. If you prefer to source your prices the old fashioned way, that is.

UFC betting apps were, of course, still in their infancy when McGregor knocked out Poirier in their first match back in 2014. That fight was at featherweight, of course, with this one going down at 155-pounds.

Is Poirier more dangerous at lightweight? To be more specific, can Poirier beat McGregor at lightweight, given it was something he couldn’t do at 145? We’ll find out the answers to every question surrounding the UFC 257 headliner on January 23.

But to help you get the best odds, bets, and predictions for the fight here’s your all-in-one guide to betting on McGregor vs. Poirier 2.

You’re welcome.

Where to Find the Latest UFC Picks and Predictions

Head on over to our UFC betting guide with the latest odds and info for the fights you do not want to miss.

We will be providing coverage of McGregor vs. Poirier 2 and the rest of the big fights heading our way in January and beyond via the channels below.

There are even more awesome fights in store for us this month. The good news is, we’ve got you covered for them all!

Good luck with your bets!

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.

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

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