Michael McDonald has a chance to make UFC history this weekend by becoming the youngest champion in the company’s history, but he’ll have to beat some heavy odds at UFC on Fuel TV 7 if he’s going to take the Interim Bantamweight strap from Renan Barao.
The McDonald upset will currently pay UFC odds of +250 at , and the young talented Canadian has the power to take this fight at any point.
However, he will be fighting a man who has not lost in 29 fights dating back to 2005.
Barao is as complete a fighter as there is in MMA with elite grappling and striking skills. As long as he doesn’t offer up his chin he should be a solid option as the MMA odds -325 favorite at 5Dimes. Look for either a Barao early submission or a mid-round TKO.
The Cub Swanson vs. Dustin Poirier matchup offers the closest handicap on the UFC on Fuel TV 7 main fight card. Poirier is currently a slight +110 underdog at 5Dimes, while Swanson comes with an MMA odds price of -140 at .
The upset option looks like it has lots of value in this matchup considering that Swanson has not performed well against top-ranked competition and that Poirier was initially handicapped as the -145 favorite.
Local undefeated striker Jimi Manuwa will have his hands full against former kickboxer Cyrille Diabate in a Light Heavyweight fight. These two are sure to throw down and put on a striking show that could go either way.
Despite 31 KO wins as a kickboxer, Diabate is currently a UFC odds +180 underdog at 5Dimes.
Manuwa will hold a big edge if the fight goes to the ground and he can hold his own in the stand-up department. He currently comes with a -230 price at .
Undefeated Gunnar Nelson looks a good option as the 5Dimes -240 favorite to win over journeyman Jorge Santiago. The unlikely Santiago upset is currently worth a slim +195 at .