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Top 10 UFC Fights to Gamble On in December – Oliveira vs. Poirier and More

| December 1, 2021 1:15 pm PDT

Looking to bet on UFC fights this December?

If so, I got you covered. We have some great bouts to look forward to in the final month of the year, and I’ll be sharing them all with you today.

The festive season is among us and many of us are dreading the incessant barrage of Christmas songs from the likes of Mariah Carey and Bing Crosby. But knowing some badass brawls are awaiting us should keep most of us from bashing our heads against the wall.

From Charles Oliveira vs. Dustin Poirier to Derrick Lewis vs. Chris Daukaus, here are the fights to wager on in the UFC this month.

Let’s start from the top.

UFC Vegas 44

  • Date: Saturday, December 4
  • Location: UFC Apex, Las Vegas
  • Main Event: Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo

When life hands Dana White lemons, the wily old promoter doesn’t just make lemonade. He crafts up some limoncello, a little tortal al limone, and then uses the pips throw at journalists who speak out of turn.

One of the bald wonder’s best creations to date is the UFC Vegas series.

The Boston-native navigated the pandemic by hosting fights behind closed doors at the Apex in Las Vegas. Not only did this give fans some sports to watch; it also provided those betting on UFC fights with a steady flow of bouts.

Now into the 44th edition of UFC Vegas, it’s safe to say it’s been a success. When Rob Font and Jose Aldo square off this December 4, it’ll be another reminder of why White is the best promoter on the planet. Period.

Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo

Rob Font is looking to push himself into title contention with a win over the legendary Jose Aldo in the first main event of the month.

If you’re set to place UFC bets on this fight, it’s safe to say it’s not an easy one to call.

The UFC bantamweight division is wall-to-wall with talent, with the likes of Petr Yan, Aljamain Sterling, Cory Sandhagen, and T.J. Dillashaw all savages. Then, you have the likes of Merab Dvalishvili, Cody Garbrandt, Pedro Munhoz, Marlon Moraes, and Dominick Cruz all looking for war.

The winner of this fight will secure #4 on the official list of rankings for the 135-pound division. That, of course, means either Font or Aldo could viably fight for the title as soon as 2022.

This will be a banger.

Brad Riddell vs. Rafael Fiziev

Although there are some top fights on this card, the co-main should be a classic.

So, make sure that any list of the top UFC fights to bet on in December 2021 contains the names Riddell and Fiziev.

These lightweights find themselves ranked at #12 and #14 in the lightweight stocks, respectively. Which, considering the sheer depth of the waters at 155-pounds, is no mean feat.

The odds for UFC fights in December have this one very tightly priced. Fiziev is a slight favorite with the leading online sportsbooks, although the bout could go either way.

Riddell, who is part of a golden age of fighters from the Antipodes, won’t be looking past the second most dangerous Kyrgyzstan-born fighter in the UFC. The first, of course, is the wildly talented Valentina Shevchenko.

Likewise, Fiziev will know the Kiwi is no bum. He has never been knocked out — in a combined 70 mixed martial arts and kickboxing bouts — and will be up to cause as much damage to the gaff as possible.

Again, if you’re wagering on UFC fights this month, add this one to your calendar.

You can find my predictions and picks for this card, below.

Predictions for UFC Vegas 44 - Picks and Sleepers for All Fights on the Night

Following a two-week break, the UFC is back at the Apex for the first event of December. Jose Aldo takes on Rob Font in the main event, but there are some other potential crackers on the card to look out for. I’ll be providing odds and picks for UFC...

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UFC 269

  • Date: Saturday, December 11
  • Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
  • Main Event: Charles Oliveira vs. Dustin Poirier

The final “numbered” event of the year could be among the best.

With the men’s lightweight and women’s bantamweight titles on the line, it’s not one to miss. Especially if you are betting on December’s UFC fights.

The date is December 11, 2021. The venue is the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Among the crowd might be a certain Irishman with a bone to pick with one of Louisiana’s finest.

But if Dustin Poirier pulls another top performance out of the bag, Conor McGregor joining the WWE might be on the cards.

Charles Oliveira vs. Dustin Poirier

Even my aunt’s blind dog could look at the December calendar of UFC fights and call this one the best of them all.

Not literally, of course. I mean, that would be crazy.

Anyway, let’s not ponder on blind, talking dogs when we can wax lyrical about this effin’ marvel of a title fight. A bout that could be another brick in the wall of a great dominion at 155, or produce a new champion of the division.

The odds for UFC fights in December to bet on are widely available. That includes the lines for Oliveira vs. Poirier, which will surely be the most popular bout with gamblers.

Who would have predicted, just a few years ago, that these two would be duking it out for the lightweight strap? In all honesty, I doubt I’d even believe the pope if he had claimed to have called it.

But that’s kinda, like, the beauty of this one. Lightweight has been the premier division in the UFC for about a half of a decade, yet these two finished 2016 with stoppage losses.

I’d be doing us all a disservice by rambling on any more about this fight. So, all I’ll say for now is to make sure you do not miss this event.

Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena

UFC 269 marks the return of the queen.

You will not find a greater female mixed martial artist in history, in my opinion. She is the best fighter in WMMA, without a shadow of a doubt, and will look to further enhance her impressive resume when she meets Julianna Pena in the co-main event of the evening.

Online betting sites make Nunes a strong favorite to hold on to her bantamweight strap on December 11, with odds plateauing around the -800 mark with most of the top ones.

Pena, who won The Ultimate Fighter 18 Bantamweight Tournament, faces the toughest test of her career.

The outspoken and abrasive fighter has never fought for a title in the UFC. Pena has a record of 6-2 in the UFC, if you include her TUF victory, only losing to all-time greats Valentina Shevchenko and Germaine de Randamie.

Can Pena upset Nunes? Of course. Anything can happen in this game. But it’s tough to see how she gets it done.

That’s why you should consider adding this to the fights above and put a big old red circle around Nunes-Pena in your UFC fights calendar for December 2021.

Geoff Neal vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

The most underrated match-up of the month. Santiago Ponzinibbio and Geoff Neal will go toe-to-toe at UFC 269 card on Dec. 11.

Coming in with a record of 8-1 from his last nine, Argentina’s Ponzinibbio is legit. I genuinely thought this guy had the bones to go all the way to the top, but things haven’t quite gone in his favor.

Ponzinibbio dropped a loss to Li Jingliang in January 2021 but hit back with a win over Miguel Baeza in the summer. That performance earned him Fight of the Night honors as well as a little stability to work with.

His opponent on the night, Neal, is a straight-up savage.

Back-to-back losses to Stephen Thompson Neil Magny have put him in a rather precarious position, however.

Neal is looking to get back to winning ways on the night but will face some resistance from the Argentine.

One of the top fights to bet on the UFC this December? You don’t even need to ask that question.

Kai Kara-France vs. Cody Garbrandt

Dropping down a weight class can be a dangerous exercise for any fighter.

But former bantamweight champion, Cody Garbrandt, will do just that as he locks his eyes on a shot at the 125-pound title currently held by Brandon Moreno.

Of course, there are concerns about whether “No Love” can cut ten pounds effectively. This alone makes Kara-France vs. Garbrandt one of December’s top UFC fights to gamble on. Much like in boxing, it’s rare to see a fighter go down a division and triumph.

Besides that, Kara-France is a beast. He’s gonna test a very weak-looking Garbrandt and could put him through the wringer on the night.

Dominick Cruz vs. Pedro Munhoz

I love this matchup.

December’s UFC calendar is full of top-class fights, but it’s going to be interesting to see just how much the bantamweight great, Cruz, has left in the tank.

Munhoz is no joke. Although 2-3 from his last five, a butchering knockout of Cody Garbrandt and a decision win over Jimmie Rivera are up there with the best wins of his career.

A loss for Cruz could see the two-time UFC and former WEC bantamweight champion hang up the gloves.

Who do you have?

UFC Vegas 45

  • Date: Saturday, December 18
  • Location: UFC Apex, Las Vegas
  • Main Event: Derrick Lewis vs. Chris Daukaus

The final event of the year.

And who else to headline said event than the great Derrick Lewis? The man himself will take part in the final bout of 2021, facing Chris Daukaus inside the Octagon.

Of course, that’s not the only fight on this card to look forward to.

Derrick Lewis vs. Chris Daukaus

The “Black Beast” was one win away from a second shot at the UFC heavyweight title.

Unfortunately for Lewis, he ran into a sublime version of Ciryl Gane, who takes on Francis Ngannou for the unified title in 2022.

You can read all about betting on Ngannou vs. Gane, if you’re interested in doing so.

But my focus is on the best fights of December to bet on in the UFC. So, back to this one.

Lewis was on a tear before losing to the Frenchman, racking up four-straight victories. A stoppage win over Curtis Blaydes was the best of them. He will now be hoping to get back to winning ways against a very credible opponent.

Daukaus has gone 4-0 in the UFC since hooking up with Dana White and co last year. His most recent fight yielded a stoppage win over Shamil Abdurakhimov at UFC 266.

This should be a super-watchable fight that you can get some great bets on. Enough said.

Stephen Thompson vs. Belal Muhammad

It’s a bit weird to be referring to a 38-year-old as “Wonderboy,” but Thompson is just kinda stuck with that name.

The nicest guy in combat sports is aiming to get back into the win column following a loss to Gilbert Burns earlier this year. In July, to be precise.

Thompson has limited time left in the promotion and is desperate for one last title shot. If he can get past Muhammad, his chances of fighting for the 170-pound strap will improve.

Muhammad is unbeaten in six, with an eye-poke leading to a no-contest against Leon Edwards in March scuppering his chances of getting his own shot at the title.

This is a classic striker vs. grappler matchup that will make any true fans’ list of the top UFC fights you can get bet on this December.

Cub Swanson vs. Darren Elkins

Finally, we have Swanson vs. Elkins.

These two are both game for a fight and that should provide fans with some all-out action in Vegas.

Swanson, who is 12-8 in his UFC, has six Fight of the Night bonuses since joining the promotion. The featherweight is kind of approaching the end of the road here and will be looking to pull something out of the bag to keep him relevant.

Elkins fights for the 25th time at 145-pounds, and will also be hoping for an encouraging showing on the night.

If nothing else, this fight should be a lot of fun.

Wrap Up

I’m not asking for much this Christmas.

Just some great UFC fights this December to bet on. I mean, I would prefer to win my bets on the fights above but would be pleased if we can close the year out with three great shows.

If you’re betting on the fights, make sure to bookmark the following pages for the latest UFC odds, bets, news, and picks.

See you next year!

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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