Jose Aldo vs. Marlon Vera Betting Preview (UFC Fight Night – December 19, 2020)

| December 17, 2020 9:44 am PDT

Jose Aldo vs. Marlon Vera is your UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal co-main this Saturday, December 19.

It’s an interesting fight with an even more engaging narrative. But today, I’ll be providing the odds and best bets for Aldo vs. Vera before backing up my prediction with a little pre-fight analysis. Regardless, you will know more about what’s at stake for both men in this fight and who is best primed to win by the time you have read the content of this page.

The halcyon days of running the UFC featherweight division are long gone for Jose Aldo.

Having found himself surrounded by killers at 145, the Brazilian legend decided to try his hand at bantamweight. A knockout loss to Petr Yan in a UFC bantamweight title fight followed a contentious split decision loss to Marlon Moraes is what he has to show for the experiment so far.

Can Vera put the final nail in the coffin for Aldo?

Aldo vs. Vera – Who Wins?

  • Jose Aldo by Decision

Although he is approaching the end of his legendary career, Aldo still has enough to dispatch Marlon Vera.

This is a good matchup in the sense that it allows the UFC to gauge where both men are right now. Aldo will buy himself time with a win, and I’ll explain how I think he gets it done a little later.

Let’s check out the odds for the UFC Fight Night co-main this Saturday.

Latest Aldo vs. Vera Odds

Jose Aldo to Win-145
Marlon Vera to Win+125

If you’re looking for Aldo’s odds to beat Vera, you can get -145 on the BetOnline app.

Initial reaction to these odds? Personally, I think this is pretty much what I had expected. Aldo should be the favorite to win, but not by a country yard.

Vera’s odds to beat Aldo are +125 with the same bookie.

The Ecuadorian enjoyed a bump in his profile following an encouraging win over Sean O’Malley in August. Is the six-year UFC veteran set to add a genuine legend to his resume?

Best Aldo vs. Vera Bets

  • Aldo to Win -145
  • Aldo to Win by Decision +125

I’m keeping my Aldo vs. Vera best bets simple.

Aldo to Win (-145) is a good bet.

I believe “Scarface” is the better fighter of the two, even as the slightly older man. But more importantly, Aldo’s style is perfect for dealing with the threats that Vera poses in all departments.

Given Vera’s toughness, Aldo to Win by Decision (+125) is an even better bet.

Of Vera’s six losses in MMA, all have come by way of decision. To say that he has a granite chin would be an understatement.

Aldo is not as explosive as he was back in those good ol’ days, so I don’t expect him to be the first man to knock “Chito” out.

I do, however, expect him to win this fight.

Why Aldo Beats Vera

Marlon Vera scored a big upset win over Sean O’Malley in the summer.

But while his leg kicks were a problem for “Sugar,” he’s going to have a much tougher time laying the same paste on Aldo. Although the Brazilian’s propensity for throwing leg kicks in recent years has almost flown out the window, his Muay Thai striking background will make it much easier to defend Vera’s often linear and telegraphed shots.

The keys to Aldo winning this fight are patience and precision. Two things that Aldo certainly has in his arsenal.

He will need to pull the trigger from time to time to keep Vera guessing, but I don’t see this being much of a problem providing he is comfortable with handling the challenger’s power.

My prediction for Aldo vs. Vera is Aldo by unanimous decision.

Wrap Up

That covers the odds, best bets, and prediction Aldo vs. Vera. Who will you be backing?

If you haven’t already done so, make sure to check out the Aldo vs. Vera props and specials doing the rounds on the top UFC online betting sites, as there are bound to be a few nice markets doing the rounds.

You can get your hands on more UFC betting picks and predictions ahead of the final card of the year, however, as well as odds and best bets for more fights coming up this weekend.

I’ll leave you with a little reading material ahead of two other big fights heading our way on Friday and Saturday night.

Good luck with your bets!

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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