UFC 274 betting tips including Oliveira v Gaethje predictions | Sports News

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Best bets, predictions and analysis for UFC 274 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday night.

where to watch

BT Sport 1, from 1 a.m. Saturday evening

Best bets

Charles Oliveira winner by submission
2pts 11-8 power of rice

Namajunas v Esparza won’t go the distance
1pt 11-8 Hills

Michael Chandler winner by KO, TKO or DQ
2pts 11-10 power of rice

UFC 274 Preview

Charles Oliveira puts his lightweight belt on the line against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 while strawweight champion Rose Namajunas takes on Carla Esparza in an intriguing card in Phoenix.

Oliveira last beat number one-ranked Dustin Poirier and is riding a ten-fight winning streak, going 11-1 since returning to lightweight in 2017.

It’s Gaethje’s second shot at the title, after losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov by submission at UFC 254, and the loss could offer clues as to how this weekend’s fight will play out.

Brazilian Oliveira has an incredible 19 wins by submission and it probably offers his best route to glory against a formidable striking opponent.

The co-main event offers strawweight champion Namajunas the chance to exact revenge on Esparza.

Esparza defeated Namajunas to win the inaugural strawweight championship in 2014, but Thug Rose has improved dramatically since that encounter.

Redemption should be on the cards for the current champion and it’s likely she’ll get the job done in five rounds.

There’s another interesting lightweight contest earlier on the main card as number five Michael Chandler and seven-ranked Tony Ferguson go head-to-head.

Former Bellator champ Chandler has lost his last two trips to the Octagon while Ferguson is riding a three-fight losing streak.

At 38, Ferguson’s best years are behind him and Chandler’s power should put him back on the path to victory.


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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 11:35 AM, MAY 6, 2022

Ruth J. Leeds