UFC 267 Preliminary Card Betting Preview, Odds and Picks

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On Saturday, October 30th, the UFC makes its long-awaited return to Fight Island with an exciting UFC 267 card from the Etihad Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

This massive show will begin at 10:30am ET on ESPN+ with a nine bout preliminary card that features many notable fighters from many of the weight classes.

The headline fight for the prelims is a Top 12 women’s strawweight contest between Virna Jandiroba and Amanda Ribas.

Let’s step inside the betting octagon to examine the latest UFC 267 preliminary card odds and blast these predictions with some ground and pound.

Tagir Ulanbekov v. Allan Nascimentos

  • Tagir Ulanbekov (-350)
  • Allan Nascimento (+285)
  • Over (-175)/Under (+145) 2.5 rounds

Allan Nascimento is a rugged opponent for Ulanbekov and one who recently came back from a three year hiatus. Despite this fight having the largest disparity in odds, according to UFC betting sites, it should be a competitive one.

Nascimento rode a 3-1 stretch to the DWCS in August 2018 where he ended up losing to Raulian Paiva via split decision. He didn’t fight again until July 2021 where he beat Elivaldo Lima Martins via 1st round submission.

15 of his 18 pro wins have come via stoppage with 13 by way of submission. He’s 3-5 when going the distance.

Tagir Ulanbekov is the #15 ranked flyweight and poised for a run up the rankings if he can successfully defeat his opponent this weekend.

Ulanbekov started off 9-0 before a controversial decision loss to Zhalgas Zhumagulov in August 2018. He would bounce back to tally three straight wins before the UFC came calling.

Tagir made his octagon debut in October 2020 and beat Bruno Silva via unanimous decision. Eight of his 13 pro wins have come via stoppage with six by way of submission. He’s 5-1 when going the distance.

I see this bout going Over 2.5 rounds (-175) and the full 15 minutes (-150). Nascimento is a durable opponent and a credible challenge despite what the oddsmakers have him listed at.

I expect Ulanbekov to avoid prolonged striking exchanges to eventually get his opponent to the mat where the Russian will maintain control for long stretches of the fight. This should lead to a comfortable decision victory for Ulanbekov.

Tagir Ulanbekov vs. Allan Nascimento –Ulanbekov (-350)

Over 2.5 rounds (-175)

Fight goes the distance (-150)

Ulanbekov wins via decision (+110)

Damir Ismagulov vs. Magomed Mustafaev

  • Damir Ismagulov (-260)
  • Magomed Mustafaev (+220)
  • Over (-185)/Under (+155) 2.5 rounds

An 11-1 pro record, with 10 wins in a row, brought Mustafaev to the UFC in June 2015. He started off going 2-0 inside the octagon before suffering his first loss in the UFC to Kevin Lee in November 2016.

Magomed wouldn’t fight again until April 2019 where he came back and obliterated Rafael Fiziev via 1st round TKO with a nasty spinning back kick.

Once again, a 10 month hiatus would keep Mustafaev out of action until his return in February 2020 where he lost via split decision to Brad Riddell. Magomed hasn’t fought since then.

All 14 of his pro wins have come via stoppage with 10 by way of TKO/KO. He’s 0-1 when going the distance and does have two submission defeats.

Ismagulov enters this weekend’s contest having won 18 bouts in a row including all four of his UFC fights. After a heralded tenure with M-1, Damir would make his octagon debut in December 2018 and defeat Alex Gorgees via unanimous decision.

He would go on to also defeat Joel Alvarez, Thiago Moises, and Rafael Alves all via unanimous decision as well. His last fight was against Alves in May 2021.

13 of his 20 pro wins have come via stoppage with 12 by way of TKO/KO. He’s 10-1 when going the distance.

Although Mustafaev has rarely gone the distance, I do see this bout going Over 2.5 rounds (-185) and the full 15 minutes.

Magomed is a dangerous striker with the arsenal and power to finish this fight. However, Ismagulov has the patience and skills to navigate any choppy waters on the feet until he can get the takedown and grind out a win on the mat.

It won’t be pretty, but Ismagulov will stay unbeaten in the UFC as he picks up the unanimous decision win for the 5th straight bout and 7th time in his last eight contests.

Damir Ismagulov vs. Magomed Mustafaev –Ismagulov (-260)

Over 2.5 rounds (-185)

Fight goes the distance (-170)

Ismagulov wins via decision (+450)

Hu Yaozong vs. Andre Petroski

  • Hu Yaozong (+185)
  • Andre Petroski (-220)
  • Over (-165)/Under (+135) 1.5 rounds

Yaozong will make his middleweight debut this weekend after slowly dropping down from heavyweight where he first competed at in the UFC in November 2017. He would lose to Cyril Asker in that contest via 2nd round submission.

Hu would then drop down to light heavyweight in his November 2018 bout against Rashad Coulter which he would lose via unanimous decision. Yaozong hasn’t fought in nearly three years.

All three of his pro wins have come via stoppage with two by way of TKO/KO. He’s 0-1 when going the distance and also has a submission defeat on his record.

Andre Petroski started off 5-0 before suffering his first pro defeat one year ago when he lost to Aaron Jeffery in the LFA via 2nd round TKO.

He would go on to have a successful run on TUF 28 before losing in the semifinals to Bryan Battle. Following that defeat, Petroski would return to action two months ago where he beat Micheal Gillmore via 3rd round TKO.

All six of his wins have come via stoppage with four by way of TKO/KO. He’s never gone the distance in his pro career.

Considering that these two men have gone the distance just once in their 12 total fights, I expect this contest to end inside the distance (-180), but go Over 1.5 rounds (-165).

Both of Hu’s losses have come after the 1.5 round mark. Also, his lone stoppage defeat was via submission, which is how he will fall in defeat this weekend.

Hu hasn’t competed in nearly three years and is fighting in a new weight class. Furthermore, his takedown defense was highly suspect in the past. I see Petroski getting this fight to the mat where he will eventually finish off Yaozong via submission past the mid-point of this contest.

Hu Yaozong vs. Andre Petroski –Petroski (-220)

Over 1.5 rounds (-165)

Fight ends inside the distance (-180)

Petroski wins inside the distance (+100)

Lerone Murphy vs. Makwan Amirkhanii

  • Lerone Murphy (-300)
  • Makwan Amirkhani (+250)
  • Over (-120)/Under (-110) 2.5 rounds

This featherweight contest was originally booked for Tristan Connelly to take on Makwan Amirkhani. However, Connelly was forced off the card and Lerone Murphy agreed to take this bout on one month’s notice.

Despite the change of opponents, this fight could still be an explosive one if Amirkhani has his way. “Mr. Finland,” is a talented fighter with the capability of ending this fight in the early rounds.

He started off his UFC career going 5-1 before hitting his rough patch where he’s gone 1-3 in his last four bouts.

Amirkhani has suffered defeats to Shane Burgos, Edson Barboza and Kamuela Kirk over that span. His lone win was via 1st round submission to Danny Henry. His most recent contest was in June 2021 to Kirk where some critics though Makwan actually won.

12 of his 16 pro wins have come via stoppage with 11 by way of submission. He’s 4-4 when going the distance.

England’s Lerone Murphy was quite impressive in his short-notice UFC debut in September 2019 where he fought Zubaira Tukhugov to a split draw.

Murphy came back in June 2020 and emphatically defeated Ricardo Ramos via 1st round TKO. His third trip inside the octagon came in January 2021 where he beat Douglas Silva de Andrade via unanimous decision.

Six of his 10 pro wins have come via TKO/KO. He’s 4-0-1 when going the distance.

There’s a pattern when fighting Amirkhani and that’s to survive his early aggressiveness and capitalize on when he fades in the latter portions of the fight. That’s exactly what I see happening in this bout.

Look for Murphy to avoid dangerous exchanges to eventually wear down his opponent and pull away late with a convincing unanimous decision win.

Murphy has gone the distance in four of his last six bouts. Amirkhani has lost his last two fights via unanimous decision.

Lerone Murphy vs. Makwan Amirkhani –Murphy (-300)

Over 2.5 rounds (-120)

Fight goes the distance (-115)

Murphy wins via decision (+160)

Benoit St. Denis vs. Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos

  • Benoit St. Denis (+190)
  • Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos (-225)
  • Over (+110)/Under (-140) 2.5 rounds

Benoit St. Denis is making his UFC debut this weekend after going undefeated in regional promotions. He’s spent the last 14 months competing for Brave CF where he won all three fights via stoppage.

St. Denis made his MMA debut in February 2019 after a successful stint with the French Special Forces. This weekend’s bout will be contested at the welterweight division, but there is a chance that Benoit could move down to lightweight in the future.

All eight of his pro fights have ended via stoppage with seven by way of submission.

Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos lost his UFC debut in May 2015 via split decision to Nicolas Dalby. He would then go on to win seven fights in a row before suffering a 3rd round TKO defeat to Jingliang Li in August 2019.

Dos Santos bounced back with a unanimous decision win over Alexey Kunchenko in March 2020 before losing in his most recent bout via split decision to Muslim Salikhov in July 2020. He hasn’t competed since then.

17 of his 22 pro wins have come via stoppage with 14 by way of TKO/KO. He’s 5-4 when going the distance.

I see this bout going Over 2.5 rounds (+110) and the full 15 minutes. Dos Santos has never been submitted before and St. Denis has never suffered a defeat in his MMA career.

Something has to give this weekend and I see it being St. Denis suffering his first pro loss and via unanimous decision.

Benoit St. Denis vs. Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos –Dos Santos (-225)

Over 2.5 rounds (+110)

Shamil Gamzatov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk

  • Shamil Gamzatov (-150)
  • Michal Oleksiejczuk (+125)
  • Over (-175)/Under (+145) 2.5 rounds

Michal Oleksiejczuk is the slight underdog in this contest. A nine fight winning streak brought him to the UFC in December 2017 where his bout against Khalil Rountree was ruled a No Contest.

He would return with a vengeance in 2019 with 1st round TKO/KO finishes over Gian Villante and Gadzhimurad Antigulov.

Unfortunately, after moving up in the light heavyweight division, Michal would suffer two straight submission defeats to Ovince St. Preux and Jimmy Crute.

His most recent bout came in March 2021 where he beat Modestas Bukauskas via split decision to bring his UFC record up to 3-2 with 1 NC.

11 of his 15 pro wins have come via stoppage with 10 by way of TKO/KO. He’s 4-0 when going the distance.

Gamzatov started off 11-0 and made his way to the PFL in 2018 where he picked up two victories within six weeks. He would then make his UFC debut in November 2019 where he beat Klidson Abreu via split decision.

The Russian hasn’t competed in nearly two years. 10 of his 14 pro wins have come via stoppage with five apiece for TKO/KO and submission. He’s 4-0 when going the distance.

Despite the long layoff, I believe Gamzatov has what it takes to win this bout. I’m not impressed with Oleksiejczuk’s tenure in the UFC. He should’ve lost his last fight and he appears to be a one trick pony with his offensive skills.

I see this bout going Over 2.5 rounds (-175) and the full 15 minutes (-155). Once with the judges, I like Gamzatov to win via unanimous decision. He’s gone the distance in four straight bouts.

Shamil Gamzatov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk –Gamzatov (-150)

Over 2.5 rounds (-175)

Fight goes the distance (-155)

Gamzatov wins via decision (+145)

Albert Duraev vs. Roman Kopylov

  • Albert Duraev (-315)
  • Roman Kopylov (+265)
  • Over (-150)/Under (+120) 1.5 rounds

Roman Kopylov hasn’t fought in two years. He was supposed to compete at UFC Vegas 33 in July, but Visa issues prevented the Russian from entering the United States. Instead of rebooking the bout with Sam Alvey, the UFC had put Roman on the shelf until UFC 267.

Kopylov started off 8-0 in his MMA career, which earned him a shot with the UFC. He made his octagon debut in November 2019, but ended up getting submitted in the 3rd round by Karl Roberson.

Seven of his eight pro wins have come via TKO/KO. He’s 1-0 when going the distance.

Albert Duraev was initially rumored to fight Alessio Di Chirico at UFC 267, but the UFC went in a different direction.

The former ACB middleweight champ has won eight straight fights before making an appearance on DWCS six weeks ago where he beat Caio Bittencourt via 1st round submission. Instead of waiting, Duraev pushed for a quick turnaround.

12 of his 14 pro wins have come via stoppage with nine by way of submission. He’s 2-0 when going the distance and does have three TKO/KO losses on his record.

This should be an entertaining middleweight contest for as long as it lasts. I do see it going Over 1.5 rounds (-150), but I believe it will end inside the 15 minute time limit (-190).

Kopylov has the striking prowess to end this fight, but Duraev has the ability to hang in a striking battle where Roman doesn’t have the ability to hang with Albert when this contest ends up on the mat.

That’s where Duraev will eventually use his grappling advantage to defeat Kopylov via submission.

Albert Duraev vs. Roman Kopylov –Duraev (-315)

Over 1.5 rounds (-150)

Fight ends inside the distance (-190)

Duraev wins inside the distance (-120)

Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Ricardo Ramos

  • Zubaira Tukhugov (-170)
  • Ricardo Ramos (+145)
  • Over (-185)/Under (+155) 2.5 rounds

These two men were originally supposed to fight each other in March, but Tukhugov was forced out of the contest due to an injury. Ramos was then set to face Bill Algeo in April, but he ended up testing positive for covid.

However, Ramos would end up fighting Algeo in May and come away with the decision victory. He’s now 6-2 inside the octagon and 2-1 as a featherweight.

Ricardo moved back up to featherweight two years ago when he fought Luiz Eduardo Garagorri and won via 1st round submission. His lone featherweight loss in the octagon was to Lerone Murphy via 1st round TKO. Murphy is also competing on the UFC 267 preliminary card.

10 of his 15 pro wins have come via stoppage with seven by way of submission. He’s 5-0 when going the distance.

Zubaira Tukhugov is 4-2-1 inside the octagon with some controversial outcomes along the way. The Russian parlayed a six fight winning streak into his UFC debut in February 2014 where he beat Douglas Silva de Andrade via decision.

He would start off his UFC tenure going 3-0 with wins over Ernest Chavez via 1st round TKO and Phillipe Nover via split decision in addition to his debut victory.

Tukhugov has dropped two of his last four bouts with both coming via split decision. In fact, four of his seven UFC fights have ended via split decision. Then there was also the split draw to Lerone Murphy in September 2019.

Zubaira’s last bout came in September 2020 where he lost to Hakeem Dawodu via split decision. His last win came in February 2020 when he beat Kevin Aguilar via 1st round TKO.

Eight of his 19 pro wins have come via stoppage with seven by way of TKO/KO. He’s 11-3-1 when going the distance.

I do see this bout going Over 2.5 rounds (-185) and the full distance (-175). Tukhugov has gone the distance in 15 of his 25 pro bouts including four of his last five. Half of Ramos’ UFC fights have gone the distance.

I think that Ramos is a live dog in this matchup and worthy of a flier. However, I am playing this one safe and taking Tukhugov to win via split decision.

Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Ricardo Ramos –Tukhugov (-170)

Over 2.5 rounds (-185)

Fight goes the distance (-175)

Tukhugov wins via decision (+155)

Amanda Ribas vs. Virna Jandiroba

  • Amanda Ribas (-155)
  • Virna Jandiroba (+135)
  • Over (-240)/Under (+190) 2.5 rounds

The featured bout for the UFC 267 preliminary card is a Top 12 women’s strawweight battle with the 10th ranked Amanda Ribas taking on the 12th ranked Virna Jandiroba.

Virna Jandiroba started off 14-0 before joining the UFC in April 2019 where she lost to Carla Esparza via decision. Virna would bounce back to pick up two submission wins over Mallory Martin and Felice Herrig.

That brought her to a December 2020 bout with Mackenzie Dern where she lost via decision. Despite the loss, Jandiroba came away from that contest having learned more about herself and evolving as a fighter:

“[That fight] touched on things that are very deep, not only as an athlete. Ever since I got in the UFC, I’ve talked about being more professional. Not that I wasn’t professional before, but understanding how the whole process works in a broader way and live every process of the fight. The lesson here is that I have to be more decisive in my fights.”

Virna would return to the octagon in June 2021 where she beat Kanako Murata via 2nd round TKO due to an arm injury.

14 of her 17 pro wins have come via stoppage with 13 by way of submission. She’s 3-2 when going the distance and has never been stopped in her pro career.

Amanda Ribas debuted with the UFC in June 2019 and beat Emily Whitmire via 2nd round submission. She would then go on to beat Mackenzie Dern and Randa Markos via decision. A 4th straight UFC win came in July 2020 when she beat Paige VanZant via 1st round submission.

Ribas’ winning streak came to an end in January 2021 when she lost to Marina Rodriguez via 2nd round TKO. It was a loss that Amanda learned from and believes others can too:

“Not just a fighter…I think everybody can’t stop in their life, because if you stop, someone throws a punch at you and you get knocked down. And this happened to me! And I learned this: we can’t stop in anything in our life!”

Seven of her 10 pro wins have come via stoppage with four by way of submission. She’s 3-0 when going the distance.

I see this bout going Over 2.5 rounds (-240) and the full 15 minutes (-195). Jandiroba has never been stopped and has gone to a decision in two of her last five bouts. Ribas has gone the distance in two of her last four bouts.

Ribas should be able to survive on the mat with Jandiroba, but I think she has the advantage on the feet which is how she will outpoint Virna in the featured bout of the UFC 267 preliminary card.

Amanda Ribas vs. Virna Jandiroba –Ribas (-155)

Over 2.5 rounds (-240)

Fight goes the distance (-195)

Ribas wins via decision (+135)

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