UFC 229: Best Bets for the Historic Event
The wait is finally over! The most highly anticipated PPV in history UFC 229 is among us. Two of the pound for pound best fighters in the world face off against each other in the main event. No fight has this much hype behind it as the Undisputed Lightweight Champion of the world Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov takes on Ex-Two Weight Division Champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor. This fight card is stacked from top to bottom with the return of Tony Ferguson taking on Anthony “Showtime” Pettis in the co-main event, #2 Derrick Lewis taking on #5 Alexander Volkov and the rising undefeated prospect Dominick Reyes taking on always dangerous Ovince Saint Preux. UFC 229 is not a fight card you are going to want to miss! You’re also not going to want to miss out on all of this money either, so let’s get to the best bets for this monumental event.
Dominick Reyes -230
Dominick Reyes was noticed by Dana White and Co. after his brutal head kick knockout of Jordan Powell at LFA 13. From there Reyes stayed true to his “The Devastator” nickname by finishing all three opponents in the UFC in devastating fashion. This is a massive jump up in competition when he takes on #7 Ovince Saint Preux, as his opponents combined UFC record are 5-11. Coming from a collegiate football background Reyes (Playing as a Strong Safety), he is a freakish athlete with a great frame at 6’4” with a 77” reach. Reyes is able to use his reach to his advantage very well. He has shown incredible power in both his kicks and punches, six of his nine professional wins have come by knockout. Reyes even has two submission finishes under belt to show that he is a very well versed mixed martial artist.
Ovince Saint Preux is considered by many as “the gatekeeper of the top 10” in the Light-Heavyweight division. Saint Preux is that one fighter that will always be in the top 10 but can never take that next step to the top. The UFC feeds then proceeds to feed him to the upcoming prospects as a stepping stone to making the top 10. Saint Preux can never take advantage of the momentum that he possesses always getting stopped just before he his career takes off. Saint Preux has shown he is at his best inside the clinch but fighting at range is where his problems lie. Saint Preux has shown that his one downfall in his game is his chin. It has been tested in his last three fights against Tyson Pedro, Ilir Latifi and Corey Anderson. If Reyes stays at range he will test that the chin of Saint Preux. Reyes is going to fight smart, pressure Saint Preux while keeping his distance and he’s going to end Saint Preux’s night nice and early with a knockout victory and proving to everyone that he’s the next big thing at Light-Heavyweight.
Sergio Pettis (-155)
The featured bout on the FS1 Prelims we have #2 “The Phenom” Sergio Pettis taking on #5 Jussier Formiga in what looks like to be a title eliminator in the Flyweight division. Pettis has emerged as one of the best fighters in the world at 125 pounds. Sergio has approved immensely since he first started his UFC career. He has shown flashes with his striking but he lacked with his defensive grappling early on. Looking at him now his grappling is what has helped him go 5-1 in his last six fights with his only loss to current UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo. He put all of his skills to the test in his last bout against former title challenger Joseph Benavidez where he was able to win via Split Decision at UFC 225. Pettis has shown to struggle against grapplers in his career, but now Pettis welcomes the test for anyone to try to take him down.
Formiga will be always be a top 10 fighter at 125 pounds just based on his 7-4 record and his quality wins in the UFC. Even with those seven wins, Formiga’s four losses are against the upper-echelon in the Flyweight division: Dodson, Benavidez, Cejudo and Borg. Formiga is now facing another upper-echelon fighter in Sergio Pettis. Formiga will to look to take to this fight to the mat as early and often as possible. Formiga knows that he can’t stand up strike with Pettis (As most fighters can’t). Formiga has a great ground game when he is able to take his opponents down as three of his seven wins in the UFC are by submission. The problem for Formiga is that Pettis has shown massive improvements in his takedown defense. Pettis just defended 12 of 14 takedown attempts by Benavidez in his most recent bout at UFC 225. If Formiga is not able to get this fight to the mat, it’s going to be a long night for him trying to out strike arguably the best striker in the Flyweight division. Look for Pettis to defend the takedowns of Formiga which will result in Pettis piecing Formiga up at range for 15 minutes to get himself a decisive decision victory.
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