Next Saturday (March 26, 2022), Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, will host the final Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event, with Curtis Blaydes taking on fellow heavyweight, Chris Daukaus, in the main event. Also in store for UFC Columbus are a pair of intriguing flyweight bouts in Alexa Grasso vs. Joanne Wood and Askar Askarov vs. Kai Kara-France, as well as a welterweight slugfest between Matt Brown and Bryan Barberena.

Sounds like a fun night, so what about making it profitable too?

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The wait is over! The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Columbus, Ohio for the first time in 13 years on Saturday, March 26, 2022, with a meaningful battle between the heavyweights. Curtis Blayde (#4) and Chris Daukas (#8), who have both won five of their last six outings. In the co-main event of UFC “Columbus”, the No. 2 ranked flyweight contender, Askar Askarovfaces the 6th seed Kai Kara-France in a match with title implications.

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What was wrong with UFC London?

That damn chin! Timur Valiev had the momentum in the third round against Jack Shore, but his historically poor durability came back to bite him once again. Still, the other three bets hit, so even with that loss and Nathaniel Wood’s exit blunting a bet’s payout, we came out well ahead.

UFC Columbus Odds for the undercard:

Neil Magny (-235) against Max Griffin (+190)
Karol Rosa (-220) against Sara McMann (+180)
Danaa Batgerel (-150) against Chris Gutierrez (+130)
Manon Fiorot (-450) against Jennifer Maia (+340)
David Dvorak (-135) against Matheus Nicolau (+115)
Aliashab Khizriev (-525) against Denis Tiuliulin (+385)
Luis Saldana (-120) against Bruno Souza (PAIR)

Thoughts: It’s a little weird this week, but I think we can still make it work. Neil Magny, Chris Gutierrez and David Dvorak look like decent investments. And Manon Fiorot is also a pretty sure betting gambler.

There are two major archetypes that the modern incarnation of Magny loses against: choking grapplers and attackers who can compromise his movement without getting knocked down. Max Griffin, hot show or not, is neither. Magny shouldn’t have much trouble separating him from long range and/or dragging him to the mat whenever things get hairy. Plus, it’s durable enough that a monster one-hit drop is incredibly unlikely.

That’s a bargain at -235.

I won’t deny that Danaa Batgerel is great fun to watch and hits like a truck, but her UFC schedule strength has been pretty darn weak. While Gutierrez doesn’t have many star performers among his five Octagon kills, he’s certainly the more proven of the two, and the odds of him ripping Danaa’s lead leg are high enough to merit a pick. outsider.

Full disclosure: I have long sung the praises of David Dvorak and underestimated Matheus Nicolau. I can, however, justify this choice: Dvorak has a much better hitting defense than his opponent and is the better hitter to boot. Although Nicolau has a very dangerous ground game at his disposal, Dvorak’s takedown defense has always held up well.

Throw it in.

As for Fiorot, Maia just lacks the tools to stop “The Beast” from doing what she always does: distance dancing and stacking combinations. Fiorot has a significant range advantage and what looks like a clear speed advantage, so even though she’s as straightforward in her approach as she was against Mayra Bueno Silva, there’s nothing stopping her from making a decision. .

UFC Columbus odds for the main card:

Curtis Blaydes (-380) vs. Chris Daukaus (+290)
Alexa Grasso (-225) vs. Joanne Wood (+185)
Bryan Barberena (-110) vs. Matt Brown (-110)
Askar Askarov (-335) against Kai Kara-France (+260)
Ilir Latifi (-190) against Aleksei Oleinik (+160)
Viacheslav Borshchev (-160) against Marc Diakiese (+140)

Thoughts: I must say there is not much to do here. Perhaps a wager by Askar Askarov and Viacheslac Borshchev?

Other than the fact that he hasn’t fought in a year, Askarov seems to have a lot on his plate. We saw Kara-France struggle on the mat on several occasions, and the Russian’s shot became powerful enough that he didn’t run a huge risk on his feet. The only notable threat is the punching power of Kara-France, who produced two meager Octagon finishes.

In short, bet on Askarov.

A knockout over mediocre Dakota “Hairy” Bush is not an immediate contender. That said, Borshchev’s fierce and technical punching attack seems too much for Marc Diakiese’s inconsistency. “Bonecrusher” is 2-5 in his last seven games and only one of the men he beat in the Octagon is still in the UFC. It’s a wash on the feet, and Team Alpha Male has beefed up Borshchev’s defensive struggle to the point where Diakiese’s struggle isn’t a threat.

Not bad for -160.

Best UFC Columbus bets:

  • Parlay – Neil Magny and David Dvorak: Bet $100 to win $148
  • Parlay – Manon Fiorot and Chris Gutierrez: Bet $100 to win $181
  • Parlay – Askar Askarov and Viacheslav Borshchev: Bet $100 to win $111

UFC Columbus is our last event before a two week hiatus and it looks like fun. See you Saturday, the Maniacs.

Initial investment for 2022: $600
Current total: $1,472.39

remember that will provide live, round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Columbus fight card on the right herestarting with ESPN/ESPN+ “Prelims” matches, which are due to start at 4 p.m. ET, and then the remaining balance on the main card (also on ESPN/ESPN+) at 7 p.m. ET.

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