Nothing makes for loads of intriguing online UFC betting quite like a pay-per-view event with plenty of high-stakes matches. And fortunately for us, come Saturday, January 22, that's just what UFC 270 will deliver to us.
With just a few weeks to go before the opening bell, it's a great time for us to drop our UFC 270 betting picks and figure out who will win the main event between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane. Below you'll find the latest betting odds on the UFC, courtesy of the linemakers over at BetOnline:
|Francis Ngannou||-110||-110||Cyril Gane|
|Brandon Moreno||-160||+140||Deiveson Figueiredo|
|Greg Hardy||-175||+150||Aleksei Oleinik|
|Said Nurmagomedov||-200||+170||Cody Stamann|
|Ilia Topuria||-110||-110||Movsar Evloev|
Before settling on your UFC 270 picks, make sure to double-check these UFC betting lines for accuracy. They will shift at BetOnline and other top sportsbooks before the matches officially begin. And while you're at it, go peruse the list of the best betting apps for UFC so you can take advantage of any bonus and promotional opportunities in advance of UFC 270.
UFC 270 Betting Predictions
Most of you will be here for Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane odds and picks. That's great. They're next up.
But we also have UFC 270 betting odds and UFC 270 predictions for all of the other most pivotal fights on the headlining card, including the co-main event between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo. They will directly follow our Ngannou vs. Gane picks. To the octagon!
Ngannou Should Be Favored Over Gane
Making this a pick 'em matchup goes a touch too far. Perhaps oddsmakers are nodding to Gane's speed. He's landing nearly 5.40 significant strikes per minute while converting them at a 50 percent clip. His stamina can wear opponents down, and he packs some mean mid-round power.
Still, the velocity of Ngannou's combinations is overwhelming—and then some. He has won each of his past five battles by some form of knockout. So, what he lacks in quick-twitch precision he makes up for with devastating blows.
Gane may be fast, but no one's nearly quick enough to evade the ire of Ngannou's striking for an entire match right now.
OSB Prediction: Francis Ngannou (-110)
Moreno will Best Figueiredo
Moreno should probably be a heavier favorite for this showdown. He is landing more than one additional significant strike per minute compared to Figueiredo while connecting on his attempts at an identical clip, and statistically speaking, he is better at both defending strikes and takedowns.
It is also worth noting that Figueiredo hasn't turned in a full-fledged victory since UFC 255. Each of his past two headlining matches, at UFC 256 and UFC 263, have ended in a draw and loss, respectively. The level of competition was high, but it doesn't get any easier here.
OSB Prediction: Brandon Moreno (-160)
Said Nurmagomedov Makes Quick Work of Cody Stamann
Said Nurmagomedov continues to slog through questions and skepticism surrounding his precision.
He is connecting on fewer than 50 percent of his strikes and doesn't have a takedown repertoire of which to speak. These limitations can prove crippling in certain instances.
But this isn't one of them.
Cody Stamann doesn't get enough licks in on a per-minute or per-round basis to earn the benefit of the doubt as a modestly heavy underdog. Neither his takedown nor strike accuracy is anything to write home about, and he's working off consecutive losses by decision.
OSB Prediction: Said Nurmagomedov (-200)
Greg Hardy will Chew Up and Spit Out Aleksei Oleinik
Greg Hardy is the classic boom-or-bust UFC betting pick. He will either win his match going away or fight long enough to disappoint.
To that end, each of his past five matchups has been a rousing success. Hardy is working off five straight knockouts and has done a better job of converting his immeasurably powerful combinations at a higher clip.
It'd be crass to say Aleksei Oleinik doesn't stand a chance. He has some power in his own arsenal. We're nevertheless penciling this in as another knockout for Hardy.
OSB Prediction: Greg Hardy (-175)
Ilia Topuria Gets Best of Movsar Evloev
While Ilia Topuria can be too selective and hesitant on offense, he authors a brand of defense that wears on his opponents. With under two significant strikes absorbed per minute, he's uniquely equipped to make Movsar Evloev's surgical moves non-entities.
Also, don't let Topuria's low volume fool you. He prides himself on selectivity, and that choosiness is often confused to mean he has a lack of power. On the contrary, Topuria is a walking knockout. His past two fights were won by first-round TKOs, and he's delivering a whopping 3.4 submission attempts per 15 minutes of time in the octagon.
OSB Prediction: Ilia Topuria (-110)
Take a look at this list of the top online sportsbooks so you can decide which one to use for all of your UFC betting: