Last weekend’s UFC 267 from Fight Island produced another 12-2 run on favorites. While the Russian contingent was almost all favored, I and others thought perhaps an underdog or two could upset the parlays that were sure to be stacked on each Russian stalwart. Such was not the case.
My release of Volkan Oezdemir had its best chance to win at publication because once he was in the cage with Magomed Ankalaev, it was apparent the Russian was the faster, more technical athlete.
Insight the Octagon approaches the last six slates of the year with a profitability reading of 27-20, + 10.72 units. Now let’s size up Saturday’s UFC 268 event at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Kamaru Usman (-300) vs. Colby Covington (+ 260)
Welterweight (170 pounds) championship, main event
This is a rematch of a 2019 bout that was highly competitive. Both men inflicted striking damage on the other until they entered the championship rounds, when the fight began to sway to Usman. In that bout, Usman opened -175 and closed -185.
Champion Usman is a stoic man and a highly trained fighting machine. He possesses a world-class wrestling base as a Division II champion and a striking game that has developed rapidly since teaming with Trevor Wittman at Elevation club in Colorado.