UFC 271 takes place this weekend out of the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas as a Middleweight rematch between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker headlines the Pay Per View card.
In the co-main, Houston’s own Derrick Lewis looks to derail a surging Tai Tuivasa and Jared Cannonier and Derek Brunson face off in a Middleweight bout with potential title implications. We dive into my best bets on the UFC 271 card below.
UFC 270 Betting Tips
Israel Adesanya vs Robert Whittaker
Israel Adesanya could not have been more dominant as a champion at Middleweight but the blueprint to beat him was shown by Jan Blachowicz, when the Pole mixed his boxing in with takedowns to win a decision.
His opponent Robert Whittaker is one of the most well-rounded fighters on the UFC roster and will need to be in order to mix up his attacks to ultimately win this fight. The Australian has some of the most underrated jiu jitsu, largely because he refrains from using it. If Whittaker can fight behind his jab and set up wrestling and scrambling exchanges, I believe he has the tools to finish Adesanya on the mat or at worst get the decision win. However, the way I see it most likely going is Adesanya picks him apart from the outside, leading to an increasingly frustrated Whittaker charging into range and getting clipped so therefore I have to side with the champ to retain his title.
Derrick Lewis vs Tai Tuivasa
Derrick Lewis’ route to success has and always will be the same, win by brutal knockout. If Tai Tuivasa dances around and picks his shot, I actually believe he wins this fight. However, that would go against everything ‘Bam Bam’ is and stands for so therefore I see him trading punches on the feet. While that went well against Greg Hardy, he was still caught and hurt with a punch right hand before he landed a stiff hook. Against the hard-hitting Derrick Lewis in front of his home crowd, a fight in a phone booth will only end up one way, with Lewis getting his hand raised. Back the Black Beast to roar again.
Jeremiah Wells vs Mike Mathetha
City Kickboxing’s newest UFC addition Mike Mathetha is in for a hard night of the office against Jeremiah Wells. Mathetha racked up over 50 professional kickboxing wins and while I believe City Kickboxing provides straight killers, Wells’ path to victory is simple, take him down. I find it hard to believe Wells doesn’t catch a kick or time a double leg at some point and from there either take Mathetha’s back and choke him out or pound him out from full mount.