A former UFC lightweight champion and a rising star clash on Saturday, as Rafael dos Anjos takes on Rafael Fiziev in the main event at UFC on ESPN 39.
Prelim action at UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs Fiziev is set to get underway at 6 pm ET on Saturday, July 9 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, with the main card scheduled to kick off at 9 pm ET. Undefeated in five Octagon appearances, Fiziev has emerged as the clear betting favorite on the UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Fiziev odds.
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Rafael dos Anjos vs Rafael Fiziev Notes
dos Anjos aims to win three in a row for the first time since 2017 after recording a decisive unanimous decision victory over Renato Moicano in the co-main event at UFC 272, earlier this year. The former champion has gone a full five rounds in each of the contests in his current two-fight win streak after losing four of his previous five outings.
Fiziev has been idle since tallying a sensational third-round KO win over Brad Riddell seven months ago at UFC Vegas 44 and has rocketed to No. 10 on the UFC lightweight rankings during his current 5-0 run.
dos Anjos vs. Fiziev Odds
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has Fiziev perched as a -220 favorite on the UFC on ESPN 39 odds, while dos Anjos lags as a +175 underdog.
Fiziev’s -220 odds translate to an implied win probability of 68.75 percent, while Emmett’s +175 odds translate to an implied win probability of 36.36 percent.
UFC betting fans looking to cash in on the biggest underdog of the night should keep tabs on Douglas Silva de Andrade, who is pegged as a lengthy +210 bet in his bantamweight tilt with Said Nurmagomedov.
The tightest odds of the night can be found on the prelim card, as Karl Roberson (+100) and Kennedy Nzechukwu (-130) tangle in a light heavyweight matchup.
dos Anjos vs. Fiziev Betting Odds & Fight Card
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UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Fiziev Best Bets
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Main Event Odds & Pick
Rafael dos Anjos
With the top of the UFC lightweight division currently up for grabs, there will be lots on the line when these two fighters clash on Saturday night. Despite entering the Octagon as a lightweight just once since losing his title to Eddie Alvarez six years ago, Rafael dos Anjos (+175) remains perched at No. 10 among 155-pounders on the UFC rankings.
Rafael Fiziev has fueled his rise in the rankings with impressive KOs in two of his past three outings, cementing his reputation as a fearsome knockout specialist.
Prediction: dos Anjos (+175); OVER 4.5 rounds (-155)
Newcomers capture the spotlight in the co-main event of the evening, as Caio Borralho (-210) takes on Armen Petrosyan (+165) in an intriguing matchup between middleweights riding three-fight win streaks.
Borralho claimed a three-round unanimous decision win over Gadzhi Omargadzhiev in his promotional debut at UFC Vegas 51, while Petrosyan eked out a split decision win over Gregory Rodrigues in his Octagon debut at UFC Vegas 49.
Prediction: Barralho (-210); OVER 1.5 rounds (-175)
Said Nurmagomedov vs Douglas Silva de Andrade Odds & Pick
Douglas Silva de Andrade
Bantamweights coming off impressive victories clash at UFC on ESPN 39, as Said Nurmagomedov (-280) tangles with Douglas Silva de Andrade (+210). Nurmagomedov needed just 47 seconds to dispose of Cody Stamann by submission in his last outing at UFC 270 and has now seen each of his past three victories come inside five minutes.
Silva de Andrade tallied a second-round submission win over Sergey Morozov last time out at UFC 271, which also earned him a second straight performance bonus.
Prediction: Nurmagomedov (-280); UNDER 2.5 rounds (-130)