Two former top lightweights will have the spotlight to themselves when they enter the Octagon in the main event for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 152 event. Former UFC Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will throw down with the former title contender Kevin Lee in the latter’s debut at 170 pounds.
— UFC (@ufc) May 17, 2019
While there isn’t a single championship fight scheduled for this event, there will be plenty of opportunities for UFC betting fans to make some serious money betting on this main card. We took the time to break down where the smart money is being placed. Here is a look at the best bets to win on the main card for UFC Fight Night 152.
(28-11) Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kevin Lee (17-4)
Lee will make his highly anticipated debut at 170 pounds against one of the bigger names in the sport in dos Anjos. While Lee is listed as the slight sports betting favorite to win this bout, the reality is that this will be a very tough matchup. After all, it’s easy to forget that Lee is still just 26-years-old. It’s also easy to overlook just how difficult it will be to cut down to weight against an experienced fighter that knows what he has to do to get back in to the win column. Despite coming off back-to-back decision losses, dos Anjos still has a lot left in the tank and is in excellent position to get his career back on track at this event.
The former UFC Lightweight champion had won three fights in a row before stumbling against Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman. While it might not look great on his resume, that is some pretty tough competition. Lee is an excellent tactician that will test dos Anjos’ skill set on the ground. However, dos Anjos is a very good technical fighter as well and he should be able to avoid putting himself in dangerous positions. It’s worth noting that six of the last seven fights that Lee has taken have ended via stoppage, five of which he won. That trend could change against a quality defensive fighter in dos Anjos, who will be ready for whatever Lee has in store for him. While this bout could go either way, the smart money is on the veteran dos Anjos as a slight underdog in this matchup. Take dos Anjos to win in a fight that goes the distance.
Pick: dos Anjos
(21-7) Neil Magny vs. Vicente Luque (15-6-1)
The co-main event for UFC Fight Night 152 will feature a veteran of season 16 of The Ultimate Fighter versus a veteran of the 21st season of The Ultimate Fighter in a welterweight bout with major implications. Luque, who is coming off a thrilling third-round TKO win over Bryan Barberena back in February, has won four straight fights via stoppage. That run includes a submission win over Niko Price followed by three straight knockouts. Is Luque ready to take the next step and challenge for a title in the UFC’s welterweight division?
Even on short notice, Vicente Luque is one BAD DUDE! pic.twitter.com/F5SXXcJkUk
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) October 7, 2018
The sportsbooks have already tagged him as a substantial betting favorite ranging from -300 to -350 odds depending on the sportsbook. Magny has some impressive wins on his resume, but he has split his last four fights with the latest loss coming via knockout at the hands of Santiago Ponzinibbio. Luque is definitely the better striker. Magny could have a difficult time defending against it. While there isn’t much value betting on the favorite, the smart money is still on Luque to win this tilt. There is also a very good chance that he finishes it off via stoppage, whether by knockout or submission.
Women’s Bantamweight Bout
(7-0) Aspen Ladd vs. Sijara Eubanks (4-2)
One of the most promising fights of the night will feature a pair of rising stars on the women side as Ladd looks to remain perfect against the latest addition to the bantamweight division in Eubanks. Still just 24-years-old, Ladd has quickly made a name for herself with seven straight victories including most recently a pair of TKO wins over Lina Lansberg and Tonya Evinger. Ladd’s striking ability is off the charts. Despite her age, Ladd is also confident beyond her years. While Eubanks is a very capable opponent, this matchup represents a major step up in competition level. As is the case with betting on Luque, you won’t get much value betting on Ladd to win this clash. However, the smart money is still on the sports betting favorite to come out on top in this women’s bantamweight bout.
(10-2) Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Ian Heinisch (12-1)
The winner of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 season, Carlos Junior has quickly ascended through the UFC middleweight rankings with five straight wins. The 29-year-old made both Jack Marshman and Tim Boetsch tap in the opening round of each of his last two victories. Now he gets another opportunity to add to his resume versus Heinisch, who made his UFC debut with a decision win over Cezar Ferreira back in November.
Antonio Carlos Junior chokes out Tim Boetsch in the 1st. pic.twitter.com/IU9AfMBWI9
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) April 15, 2018
Heinisch is a capable opponent, but he will be in tough to counter Carlos Junior’s incredible submission offense. Expect Carlos Junior to add to his current win streak with another submission victory at UFC Fight Night 152.
Pick: Carlos Junior
(26-8) Charles Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz (30-9-2)
Eight years after they met for the first time ever at UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry back in June of 2011, Oliveira and Lentz will step inside the Octagon to complete their trilogy of showdowns. Their first meeting was scored a no contest because of an illegal knee. Their second meeting, which went down in May of 2015, ended with Oliveira submitting Lentz at a UFC Fight Night event in May of 2015.
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) November 4, 2016
Four years later, Oliveira will look to double down after registering four straight victories via submission. Oliveira’s recent hit list includes Clay Guida, Christos Giagos, Jim Miller and David Teymur. While Lentz has put together back-to-back wins of his own, he hasn’t been nearly as dominant as his next opponent. Oliveira looks like a lock to win this lightweight bout and take down Lentz for a second time.
(9-2) Davi Ramos vs. Austin Hubbard (10-2)
The opening fight on the main card will feature the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Ramos clashing with the newcomer Hubbard in the latter’s UFC debut. Ramos has strung together three straight victories via submission, ending each of the last two in the first round. That trend should continue against a promising but seemingly overmatched young fighter in Hubbard, who is still very green at 27-years-old. The smart money is on Ramos to extend his submission wins streak by registering his fourth in a row versus Hubbard at UFC Fight Night 152.