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UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs Anderson Betting Odds and Preview

Potential light heavyweight title contenders face off when Jimi Manuwa and Corey Anderson meet inside the Octagon in London on March 18. Manuwa has been climbing the ranks due to his heavy hands while Anderson has slowly been grinding his way through the opposition.

The rest of the event features plenty of European content, as one would expect from a card in the U.K., with the likes of Gunner Nelson, Brad Pickett and Marc Diakiese on the card.

Jimi Manuwa vs Corey Anderson

 

Jimi Manuwa (-150) is a lethal striker who combines his natural power with wonderful technical prowess. ‘Poster Boy’ has ended 14 of his 16 professional victories via knockout – nine of them in the first round. One of the things that makes his striking so deadly is his fight IQ. Manuwa knows when to flurry, he knows when to lay off and he knows when to go to the body instead of headhunting.

Aside from striking, Manuwa isn’t anything to write home about. His clinch game is pretty solid with a preference to work from a double-collar and land big knees and uppercuts. Against, his defensive wrestling is serviceable but he is in over his head once his back touches the mat.

Corey Anderson (+120) has grown quite a bit since winning TUF season 19. The biggest progression has come in the striking game, as time spent under boxing coach Mark Henry has done him wonders. ‘Overtime’ still isn’t the best striker but he understands how to use his reach, does a great job at moving and has developed the ability to punch his way into the clinch.

Anderson’s true base is his wrestling. The DIII wrestler is extremely heavy when he gets top control and will rain down strikes. His hands aren’t exceptionally powerful, so he is unlikely to finish an opponent by knockout in this position but he can score and grind away.

All in all this is a tale of opposites. Manuwa is the powerful puncher who wants to knock his opponent’s head off while Anderson is more of a meticulous grinder who chips away at the opposition. Manuwa is 37 and has 18 pro fights under his belt while Anderson is still green with the 27-year-old only competing in 11 pro fights. You want to give the edge to Anderson for his wrestling, but people wanted to do the same thing when Manuwa faced Ovince Saint Preux.

Rest Of The Main Card

The co-main event features Alan Jouban (+270) seeing a jump up in competition when he takes on Gunnar Nelson (-360). Jouban is a highly touted up-and-comer thanks to his fantastic striking ability. ‘Brahma’ is crisp, technical and has knockout power (especially in his left hand). His accuracy goes underrated but that is likely because he has a tendency to get into firefights. He’s likely better off to remain poised and technical but the guy likes to sling leather. Jouban is a solid grappler, but can still be overwhelmed by top-level competition in that regard. ‘Gunni’ is one of the best grapplers in MMA, as the BJJ black belt can dominate anyone not named Demian Maia on the ground. On the ground, Nelson’s ability to mix his strikes, submission attempts and positional changes makes him lethal. Nelson was an accomplished karate practitioner in the past and he uses that wide, side-on base in the striking game.

Fan favorite Brad Pickett (-150) ends his career in front of his fellow countrymen when he takes on Marlon Vera (+120), who is a late replacement for Henry Briones. Pickett is an extremely exciting fighter who loves to stand and brawl, but this is his biggest issue at this point of his career. ‘One Punch’ has pretty good power in his hands, but his chin has deteriorated and has exposed his poor striking defense. Pickett is a good wrestler, but he has a tendency to underutilize this skill. Vera has some good kicks in the standup game but is often too tentative to throw with any volume. His strongest asset is certainly his jiu-jitsu, which he will use aggressively and will look for low-percentage submissions. However, Vera is not a good wrestler, so his grappling game is often unused to its full potential.

The main card kicks off when exciting featherweight prospects Arnold Allen (EVEN) and Makwan Amirkhani (-130) clash. Allen is young, athletic and aggressive in the striking game. As you would expect from a fighter who is just 23, the technical aspects of the game are still in need of refining. Allen’s at his best when he can strike his way into the clinch and angle for a takedown. Once in top control, he is just as aggressive as he is on the feet. Amirkhani is basically all action, all the time. He likes to throw flashy, powerful strikes on the feet but will want to grapple. ‘Mr. Finland’ is big for the division and works well in transition on the mat. Once a fight reaches the ground, Amirkhani is aggressively angling for submissions and shifting his position to try to find an opportunity.

UFC Fight Night 107 – Manuwa vS Anderson Odds

Odds as of March 16 at Bovada

  • Jimi Manuwa -150
  • Corey Anderson +120
  • Gunnar Nelson -360
  • Alan Jouban +270
  • Brad Pickett -150
  • Marlon Vera +120
  • Arnold Allen EVEN
  • Makwan Amirkhani -130
  • Joseph Duffy -600
  • Reza Madadi +400
  • Darren Stewart -185
  • Francimar Barroso +150
  • Timothy Johnson -175
  • Daniel Omielanczuk +145
  • Marc Diakiese -220
  • Teemu Packalen +170
  • Tom Breese -280
  • Oluwale Bamgbose +220
  • Leon Edwards +110
  • Vincente Luque -140
  • Brett Johns -450
  • Ian Entwistle +325
  • Scott Askham -150
  • Bradley Scott +120
  • Lina Lansberg -300
  • Lucie Pudilova +230

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