UFC on ESPN 3: Ngannou vs dos Santos Betting Preview, Odds and Picks

By Rick Rockwell in MMA on June 27, 2019

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On Saturday, June 29th, UFC will be live from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for UFC on ESPN 3 also known as UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs dos Santos. The main event of the night is a heavyweight fight that should determine the #1 contender as Francis Ngannou takes on Junior dos Santos. The co-main event is an exciting flyweight battle as Joseph Benavidez takes on Jussier Formiga.

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Other notable names fighting on this card are Demian Maia, Ricardo Ramos, Eryk Anders, and Junior Albini. Undefeated prospects Roosevelt Roberts and Alonzo Menifield will look to stay unbeaten in their respective fights. In total, UFC on ESPN 3 is scheduled to have 13 fights and begin at 6 PM ET. The main card will start at 9 PM ET. Both portions of the fight card can be seen on ESPN.

UFC betting sites have released their betting odds for the full UFC on ESPN 3 lineup. Let’s step inside the betting octagon and examine these current betting lines, identify possible betting value or upsets, and KO our picks.

UFC on ESPN 3 Prelims

The preliminary card features seven fights and is set to begin at 6 PM ET. This portion of the event can be seen live on ESPN. These UFC betting odds are courtesy of BetOnline.

Maurice Greene (7-2) vs Junior Albini (14-5)

  • Maurice Greene (-110)
  • Junior Albini (-110)

In this heavyweight battle, we have two combatants trying to move into the Top 10 in the division. For Albini, this is a must win fight. Junior has lost three straight bouts and hasn’t won in almost two years. His last bout was in February, where he lost via TKO in the second round to Rozenstruik. Albini came into the UFC on a nine-fight win streak and even won his octagon debut. Unfortunately, Junior has been unable to defeat the tougher competition.

Maurice Greene has won two straight fights including a showdown on the TUF 28 Finale and at UFC Fight Night 146 in March. Greene does have four submission wins in his seven career victories. He’s never been stopped in a fight as both losses have come via decision.

Greene will have an eight-inch reach advantage and a four-inch height advantage. He’s capable of winning this fight standing up or on the mat. I believe that Greene will use that reach advantage to dismantle Albini. However, I’m just not sure if Greene can get the late round stoppage or if he will take the fight via UD.

UFC Bet: Maurice Greene (-110)

Emily Whitmire (4-2) vs Amanda Ribas (6-1)

  • Emily Whitmire (-175)
  • Amanda Ribas (+150)

Emily Whitmire is a sizable betting favorite for this matchup. Nicknamed “Spitfire,” Whitmore is on a two-fight win streak and last stepped inside the octagon in February. She defeated Albu via first round submission. Three of Whitmire’s four professional wins have come via decision.

Amanda Ribas might be 6-1 as a pro, but she hasn’t fought since May 2016. Ribas was popped for a USADA violation and unable to compete. Amanda was a rising strawweight prospect prior to the suspension. Unfortunately, the lengthy absence and this weekend’s matchup don’t work in her favor.

I expect Whitmire to control this fight whether it’s standing up or on the mat. I’m not sure if she can get the stoppage win, so the safe play is on Emily to win via Decision for the fourth time in her career.

UFC Bet: Emily Whitmire (-175)

Dalcha Lungiambula (9-1) vs Dequan Townsend (21-8)

  • Dalcha Lungiambula (-240)
  • Dequan Townsend (+180)

Justin Ledet was originally scheduled to fight Dalcha, but Ledet pulled out this week. Newcomer Dequan Townsend will make his UFC debut on a few days’ notice.

South Africa’s Dalcha Lungiambula comes into this contest on a five-fight win streak. There is some hype for his UFC debut as he does have some power in his hands. Additionally, he’s also a black belt in judo, which many think will help him in the UFC. Dalcha also has a personality that has endeared him to fight fans around the world.

Dequan Townsend is making his UFC debut after winning four straight fights. The American has 12 KO/TKO wins out of 18 career victories. He does bring some striking skills and has only been stopped once in his professional career. His other losses have come via decision.

Initially, I had Ledet edging out the win via decision. With Justin out, and Dequan stepping in, I actually believe that Dalcha should win this fight. However, it’s unclear whether or not he can get a stoppage victory in his UFC debut. With that said, there’s no value on Dalcha and Townsend is not worth a flier.

UFC Bet: Dalcha Lungiambula (-240)

Jared Gordon (14-3) vs Dan Moret (13-5)

  • Jared Gordon (-340)
  • Dan Moret (+280)

On paper, this appears to be a great style matchup for Gordon. With UFC betting sites, it appears to be a one-sided matchup for Jared as they have made Gordon a large betting favorite. In fact, as of this writing, Gordon is the second largest betting favorite on the UFC card.

Unfortunately, Jared comes into this matchup on a two-fight losing streak after being knocked out in both contests. He’s now 2-2 inside the octagon and looking to bounce back from those defeats. Gordon is the smaller of the two as he’s giving up at least three inches in height and reach. But he’s also the better grappler of the two and stronger than Moret.

Dan Moret also comes into this bout on a two-fight losing streak with the last loss coming in March via UD to Alex White. Eight of Moret’s 13 professional wins have come via submission. It’s no secret that he will try to takedown Gordon, but I just don’t see that happening.

Not only will Gordon stuff Moret’s takedown attempts, he will probably be able to get his own takedowns. And, if that doesn’t happen, Gordon is also the better striker of the two. It’s going to take a small miracle or a huge mistake on Gordon’s part for Moret to win this fight. For me, I’m going with the smart money and taking Gordon to win via TKO or decision.

UFC Bet: Jared Gordon (-340)

Jordan Griffin (17-6) vs Vince Murdock (11-3)

  • Jordan Griffin (-370)
  • Vince Murdock (+305)

This bout was originally scheduled to have Griffin take on Chas Skelly. However, Skelly pulled out and Vince Murdock stepped up on short notice to take the fight.

Murdock is the biggest underdog of the night and largely due to this being his UFC debut. Depending on which MMA website you look at, Murdock’s record is either 10-5 or 12-3. He sustained two highly controversial losses in India last year, which many pundits and fans claimed don’t count. With that said, Murdock does have at least seven KO/TKO wins out of 10 to 12 pro victories. He trains with Team Alpha Male and has a lot of potential. Unfortunately, UFC betting sites don’t believe so.

Jordan Griffin is a former champ in other promotions and earned his UFC contract through a win on DWTNCS last July. He then fought Dan Ige in December 2018 and lost via UD. This will be Griffin’s first fight of 2019, and he’s hoping to get his first official UFC victory.

I believe this fight will be closer than what oddsmakers have predicted. In fact, I think Griffin is overvalued here. This bout has the makings of an entertaining fight that should go the distance. With that in mind, I really like the value that Murdock offers. Smart money might be on Griffin, but Murdock has a great return on investment. I’m taking Murdock in an upset decision victory.

UFC Bet: Vince Murdock (+305)

Eryk Anders (11-4) vs Vinicius Moreira (9-2)

  • Eryk Anders (-325)
  • Vinicius Moreira (+275)

Eryk Anders used to be a highly-touted fighter in the UFC. Unfortunately, he’s lost four of his last five fights including three straight contests. He last stepped inside the octagon in April and lost via UD to Rountree. All four of his career losses have come in the UFC. He currently has a 3-4 record inside the octagon. Additionally, seven of his 11 career wins have come via TKO/KO.

Moreira, nicknamed “Mamute,” is looking to rebound from his UFC debut loss in January. He earned his UFC contract with a win on DWTNCS last August, but was unsuccessful against Menifield earlier this year. Eight of Mamute’s nine pro wins have come via submission. He’s extremely dangerous on the mat and poses a huge threat for Anders.

With that said, Anders has a massive advantage in the striking department. Mamute looked like a punching bag with feet against Menifield in January. Anders is a similar striker to Menifield and should have a similar outcome if he can stay upright. The only chance Moreira has in winning is to get this fight on the ground.

This fight comes down to whether or not Moreira can get the takedown. To accomplish this, he will have to avoid a knockout punch from Anders. I’m not sure he will be able to. Anders might have a three-fight losing streak, but he’s still a better overall MMA fighter than Moreira. I don’t like Eryk’s odds, but he certainly is the smart play here.

UFC Bet: Eryk Anders (-325)

Journey Newson (9-1) vs Ricardo Ramos (12-2)

  • Journey Newson (+275)
  • Ricardo Ramos (-335)

This is the third fight on the preliminary portion of the event that had to be re-booked due to a fighter pulling out. Ramos was originally scheduled to take on Sergio Pettis, but Pettis pulled out due to an injury. Newson steps in on less than two weeks’ notice.

For Newson, his “journey” finally brings him to the UFC as he will make his debut on Saturday. Newson has won four straight fights since falling victim to Benito Lopez in KOTC nearly three years ago. Lopez is also with the UFC and has gone 1-1 in the octagon. Journey has scored six stoppage victories in his nine career professional wins. However, he is four inches shorter than Ramos.

Ricardo Ramos is a large betting favorite and rightfully so. Newson is unproven against competition of a higher caliber. Ramos is 3-1 in the UFC but is coming off a first round TKO loss to Said Nurmagomedov in February. Ricardo is looking to get the bad taste of defeat out of his mouth and has the perfect opponent for that.

Newson has some power in his strikes, but Ramos is the better overall striker. Additionally, most pundits agree that Ramos is better on the mat despite Newson’s BJJ experience. Ricardo does have some weaknesses in his fight game, which was exposed by Nurmagomedov. However, I don’t see Newson being able to exploit them.

I’m taking Ramos to win this fight either via TKO or decision. Either way, he will get back on the right track and move up in the division.

UFC Bet: Ricardo Ramos (-335)

UFC on ESPN 3 Main Card

The main card of the event features six fights and is set to begin at 9 PM ET. The main card can also be seen live on ESPN. Betting odds are courtesy of BetOnline.

Alonzo Menifield (8-0) vs Paul Craig (11-3)

  • Alonzo Menifield (-300)
  • Paul Craig (+250)

Paul Craig is a sizable underdog for this fight against the undefeated Menifield. He fought almost three months ago and won via submission. The “Bearjew” has dropped three of his last five fights and is 3-3 inside the octagon. Craig is a tough fighter and he knows that it will be an uphill battle against Menifield. According to UFC, the charismatic Scotsman believes he does his best when his back is against the wall and under pressure:

“Everybody loves an underdog, you know? We love these movies where the guy comes back. Everybody wants that. I work better under pressure. When my back’s against the wall, that’s when I produce the best from myself.”

Menifield is a wrecking ball with legs. Seven of his eight pro wins have come via KO/TKO and he has never gone past the second round. Alonzo earned his UFC contract by winning on DWTNCS last June, but didn’t get his UFC debut until this January where he defeated Moreira as mentioned above. Menifield has five first-round TKO/KO victories, but isn’t taking Craig lightly. In fact, Alonzo gives Craig some credit, but he told BJPenn.com that he still believes he will get the knockout victory:

“Paul is a lot more polished in striking than my last opponent, so it may take longer to find his chin. But, my intentions are to definitely put him down just like the last opponent. I’m going for a finish. He likes to grapple. If he falls that will be great, if not, it will be a long night for him. My intention is to knock him down and he won’t get up.”

Menifield’s goal is to get into the Top 10 within the light heavyweight division. He believes a win over Craig will get him closer to that goal. At this rate, if Menifield scores another TKO/KO victory, the hype alone will help drive him into the Top 10. There aren’t many light heavyweights standing between where he is at now and where he wants to be.

Although there’s plenty of hype surrounding Menifield, he knows that anything is possible inside of the octagon. He isn’t taking Craig lightly, and he definitely shouldn’t. Bearjew is a wily veteran who can play the spoiler in this fight. If he can get it to the mat, then he has solid chance at winning.

The smart play is on Menifield. But, for you risk takers, Craig is worthy of a flier. Because of Menifield’s power and impressive striking, I’m taking him to win. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if Craig pulled off the upset.

UFC Bet: Alonzo Menifield (-300)

Drew Dober (20-9) vs Marco Polo Reyes (8-5)

  • Drew Dober (-330)
  • Marco Polo Reyes (+270)

Marco Polo Reyes last fought in February and lost via TKO to Hadzovic. It was the second loss in his last three fights. His overall UFC record is now 4-2, which is still respectable. However, he has a tough challenge ahead of him this weekend. Six of Reyes’ eight professional wins have come via TKO/KO.

For Dober, he’s a large betting favorite and is looking to bounce back from his loss to Dariush in March. That loss ended a three-fight win streak. Dober has been with the UFC since November 2013 and has a record of 6-5 with one NC. He loves to stand up and exchange strikes. It’s where Dober is the most comfortable. Sherdog reports Drew believes that he has the striking advantage in this fight:

“I have the advantage in the striking. It is just that comfort level. I’m very comfortable with what Polo Reyes will bring into the cage. It allows me to perform at my best and allows the fight to be as exciting as possible. I’m sure [my opponent] is making the adjustment to protect his chin and put him in the best position to win. So, in my mind, I’m fighting the best Polo Reyes there is on Saturday. I’m not counting on his chin being weak, just trying to touch it as often as I can.”

I’m not sure that I agree with Dober having a striking advantage. Reyes is the bigger fighter of the two, and he will also have the reach advantage with punches and kicks. I really believe that the oddsmakers missed the boat on this matchup. These odds should be closer to even than what they are.

Both men are highly effective strikers and both have Muay Thai experience. Reyes also has boxing experience, while Dober is more proficient in wrestling. If Reyes can keep the fight at a distance or get top control, then he should win. If Dober can keep this fight inside the clinch or up against the cage, then he should win.

Because I believe this fight is closer than what the MMA betting sites have listed, I’m going to take Marco Polo Reyes to win in an upset. The odds and value are just too good to pass up. Marco! Polo! Marco! Polo!

UFC Bet: Marco Polo Reyes (+270)

Roosevelt Roberts (8-0) vs Vinc Pichel (11-2)

  • Roosevelt Roberts (-255)
  • Vinc Pichel (+215)

Like with Menifield, Roberts is another unbeaten prospect that rose up through the DWTNCS and TUF programs to make it to the octagon. Roberts last fought in late-April and won via UD over Gifford. Seven of his eight pro wins have come via stoppage, with four of those by way of submission. All four of those submissions came via guillotine or rear-naked chokes.

Vinc Pichel is a veteran fighter who’s been in the UFC since late-2012. He has suffered from various injuries over his career, which has led to just seven fights in the last eight years. In fact, he hasn’t stepped inside the octagon in 12 months. Eight of his 11 professional wins have come via KO/TKO. And, if you were thinking that Pichel might have ring rust, then check out his feelings on that topic:

“Ring rust is bullsh*t. Ring rust is for people who aren’t real fighters. I’m ready to fight, I’m training and ring rust is bullsh*t and is a mental thing. I was out for a while and then came back and knocked out Damien Brown.”

By all accounts, Pichel looks like he’s ready to fight. He’s looked good in training camp and he’s very confident that he can beat Roberts on Saturday:

“I see me winning the fight. I’m going to starch this kid. I’m not going to talk sh*t about him, but I am going to beat this kid’s ass. Let him know he got the short straw. I have given three or four people their first loss, and he will be added to that list.”

Here’s another fight with upset potential. Pichel is a grinder inside the octagon. He can hang with Roberts in the standup and he can hang on the mat. His only two losses came against elite-level wrestlers, which Roberts is not. They both have brown belt BJJ credentials. Neither fighter has any significant reach advantage either.

Roberts might be more athletic, but there’s something to be said about Pichel’s grit and experience. I’m having a hard time picking Roberts to win this fight as I feel he’s overvalued and facing his toughest opponent to date. With that said, Roberts is the safe play. However, I’m putting Roosevelt on upset notice because Pichel could win this fight.

UFC Bet: Roosevelt Roberts (-255)

Demian Maia (26-9) vs Anthony Rocco Martin (16-4)

  • Demian Maia (-184)
  • Anthony Rocco Martin (+159)

Martin enters this contest on a four-fight winning streak and is hoping to get a big win in order to move into the upper echelon of the welterweight division. He’s 8-4 overall inside the octagon, which dates back to early 2014. Nine of Anthony’s 16 professional wins have come via submission. He last fought in March and won via UD over Sergio Moraes.

Martin views Maia as a gatekeeper to where he wants to go. Although Anthony respects his opponent and gives him credit, MMA Junkie reports he’s there to beat Maia and not be friends:

“For sure, he’s definitely a world-class fighter. He’s the gatekeeper to the title, man. He’s fought for the welterweight title, he’s fought the interim champ and the new champ, so he’s definitely the gatekeeper for the title. I plan on going in there and getting it. You know, afterwards, we can shake hands. But I’m not here happy to be fighting Demian Maia. I’m here to beat Demian Maia.”

Demian Maia is a living legend to some. At the age of 41, he’s been fighting since the turn of the century. Maia debuted in the UFC against Ryan Jensen back in October 2007. Since then, he’s racked up an impressive 20-9 record in the UFC. Maia has a resume the length of his arm with wins over many notable fighters like Masvidal, Fitch, and Sonnen to name a few. He’s also fought against some of the company’s top fighters in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions like Anderson Silva, Tyron Woodley, Rory MacDonald, and Kamaru Usman.

Maia last fought in February and defeated Lyman Good via submission in the first round. Over the last five years, he’s compiled a record of 8-3 with his losses to Woodley, Covington, and Usman. Although the end of his career might be sooner than later, Maia is still a dangerous opponent for anyone, especially Martin this weekend. In regards to Anthony Rocco Martin, Maia does give his opponent a lot of credit heading into their welterweight clash:

“He’s actually good on the ground. He won many of his fights by submission. He has momentum. He came with four wins (in a row). Every time I step inside the octagon, I know it’ll be a tough test. I never had easy tests. Even the quick fights were never easy. All of the athletes are so high level when they fight in the UFC that there’s no easy fighters.”

Since returning to welterweight, Martin has gone 4-0. He looks like a more complete fighter at this weight class, and I believe he’s going be a real threat to Maia on Saturday. One would think that a 29-year-old Martin should be able to beat a 41-year-old Maia. The problem is, Martin is a grappler who likes going to the mat, and Maia is an elite submission artist that will make Martin tap out. The only shot Anthony has is by catching Maia with some power shots when the fight is upright.

I believe Martin has potential as a flier, but I’m going with Maia to protect that gate this weekend.

UFC Bet: Demian Maia (-184)

Jussier Formiga (23-5) vs Joseph Benavidez (27-5)

  • Jussier Formiga (+145)
  • Joseph Benavidez (-170)

Formiga has been on a tear over the last four years as he’s won four straight fights including his last bout, which was in March. Jussier has been with the UFC since the fall of 2012, having debuted in October of that year. One of his early fights was against Benavidez back in September 2013. Unfortunately, Jussier suffered a first round TKO and dropped his second fight with the UFC in three contests. After that loss, he would rebound to win three straight fights before losing to Cejudo two years later. Since that loss, Formiga has gone 4-1 in the UFC.

Benavidez is a perennial title contender and one of the greatest flyweights of all-time. He’s dominated the division and has an impressive 14-3 record inside the octagon. Although UFC officials haven’t publicly said this, Benavidez and most MMA pundits feel that the winner of this fight should be the #1 contender for the UFC flyweight title currently held by Henry Cejudo.

With that in mind, it makes perfect sense to match Benavidez up with Cejudo if Joseph wins this fight. He’s the last man to defeat Cejudo, which came in December 2016. Benavidez is certainly lobbying for this title rematch:

“No offense to anyone that he called out or anyone that was a No. 1 contender, that made themselves No. 1 contender that night, I just make the most sense with Henry. We have a history, ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ one of the best fights of the year and his last loss is me, so it makes sense to do that next.”

Before we declare Benavidez as the next opponent for Cejudo, he needs to win this weekend. And I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t. Benavidez is a better all-around fighter and he will either score a TKO win on Saturday or win via UD due to his volume of strikes. I’ve been a fan of Benavidez for many years now, and the man deserves to have gold around his waist. With Cejudo missing time due to an injury, the UFC should consider making Benavidez the interim champ after he wins on Saturday.

UFC Bet: Joseph Benavidez (-170)

Francis Ngannou (13-3) vs Junior dos Santos (21-5)

  • Francis Ngannou (-240)
  • Junior dos Santos (+205)

The main event of the night will be a heavyweight showdown between two of the top three fighters in the division with a title shot up for grabs.

Francis Ngannou quickly turned things around after dropping two straight fights last year. He took on champion Stipe Miocic in January 2018, but he lost via UD. He then took on Derrick Lewis and also lost via UD. Those losses derailed a career that seemed like Ngannou was the next best thing in the division. However, he got back inside the octagon four months after the Lewis loss and TKO’d Curtis Blaydes in 45 seconds. Then, this past February, he took on a future UFC hall of famer in Cain Velasquez and beat him via KO in 26 seconds. Just like that, “The Predator” was back.

For Junior dos Santos, his journey back to the top of the division has been a mixed bag. He defeated Velasquez for the title in November 2011, but then lost it to Cain in a rematch the next year. They had a trilogy fight for the title in October 2013, which Cain won as well. It would be four more years before Junior could get another title shot. This time, Miocic was the champ and Stipe was out to avenge his loss to Junior three years prior. Although dos Santos had success at the beginning of the fight, Stipe was able to land a few big punches that rocked Junior. Miocic won via TKO at the end of the first round.

Since the loss to Miocic, Junior dos Santos has gone 3-0 with three impressive wins: Ivanov, Tuivasa, and Lewis. These victories put dos Santos back in the title hunt and reminded everyone just how great of a heavyweight contender he really is.

This fight is almost certainly going to end in a TKO/KO. It’s just a matter of which fighter scores the knockout and which fighter is put to sleep. For fight fans, this main event is exciting. It’s one of those battles where we can sit back with buttered popcorn and scream at the TV after a devastating knockout. MMA Fighting states that dos Santos believes that he will get the KO because he’s a better all-around fighter:

“I believe I have more skills than him. I have better boxing. I know he was talking about even fighting in boxing. This could be a good chance for him to have a boxing fight because I’m not going away from the standup game with him. I’m ready to stand up and bang against him. I hope he’s ready for that, too. Because I’m sure the fans will love it. I can knock anyone out in this division and Ngannou is going to be the next guy. I even have enough boxing to beat boxing champions.”

I’m not sure that I agree with Junior about beating boxing champions, but I do believe he has the boxing skills to hang with Ngannou. The concern I have for Junior is that Francis can put you to sleep with one punch. Junior needs a few punches to accomplish that. I also believe that dos Santos needs this fight to go longer because Ngannou has had conditioning issues in the past. Just look at how he faded against Miocic and Lewis.

Ngannou is the scariest dude in the heavyweight division right now, but dos Santos is a more polished and experienced fighter. I picked against Ngannou in his last two fights and he made me look silly. But I might as well make it three in a row, as I’m taking dos Santos in the upset.

Junior is capable of standing up and striking, along with having the advantage on the mat. If Junior gets in trouble, then he can take the fight to the mat and control it, or he can try to outbox Ngannou. Either way, there are more paths to victory for dos Santos than Ngannou.

This wager isn’t for the faint of heart, because Ngannou could end the fight with one shot in the opening moments. But if Junior can weather that storm, then I think he can win the fight.

UFC Bet: Junior dos Santos (+205)

Betting Value for UFC on ESPN 3

The following fighters offer good to great betting value based on the current MMA odds, their UFC on ESPN 3 matchups, and prior career success:

  • Maurice Greene (-110) takes on the disappointing Junior Albini in a heavyweight fight that could see Junior lose his spot with the company. Both men offer value with -110 betting odds, but I like Greene’s eight-inch reach advantage to be the difference in this fight.
  • Vince Murdock (+305) is the biggest underdog of the night, but he’s not going up against a superstar. I believe the oddsmakers overvalued his opponent Jordan Griffin. Although the safe play is on Griffin to win via decision, I’m going to take a flier on the Team Alpha Male fighter by picking Murdock to win the decision.
  • Paul Craig (+250) is a cagey veteran who has the ground game and overall toughness to pull off the upset against the undefeated Alonzo Menifield. Although I’m taking Menifield to win, I believe Craig is definitely worthy of a flier, as he’s a candidate for upset of the night.
  • Marco Polo Reyes (+270) is a large underdog against Drew Dober, but I believe he has the striking skills to match up with Dober. I also feel that the oddsmakers overvalued Dober in this contest. The odds should’ve been closer to even. With that said, Dober certainly has the skills to win this fight, but I really like the odds and value with Reyes.
  • Junior dos Santos (+205) is a former champ looking to get one more run with the title. In order to do that, he will have to defeat the scariest dude in the division. Ngannou is a threat to win the fight in the first minute. However, I believe dos Santos is smart enough to use his boxing and jiu jitsu skills to control the fight. The longer it goes, the more it favors dos Santos.

UFC on ESPN 3 Final Thoughts

At first glance, I wasn’t really impressed with this lineup. However, after examining the matchups and the betting odds, I think there’s potential for excitement and making money. This card has many large betting favorites with some of them being overvalued. That means there are some underdogs with juicy UFC betting odds that could pay off.

The semi-main event should be for the interim flyweight title as Benavidez definitely deserves it if he wins as expected. The main event will be explosive, as both men look to knock each other out. UFC on ESPN 3 should be an entertaining card and one that all fight fans will enjoy.

UFC on ESPN 3 Betting Recap

  • Maurice Greene (-110)
  • Emily Whitmire (-175)
  • Dalcha Lungiambula (-240)
  • Jared Gordon (-340)
  • Vince Murdock (+305)
  • Eryk Anders (-325)
  • Ricardo Ramos (-335)
  • Alonzo Menifield (-300)
  • Marco Polo Reyes (+270)
  • Roosevelt Roberts (-255)
  • Demian Maia (-184)
  • Joseph Benavidez (-170)
  • Junior dos Santos (+205)
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