Cub Swanson is an underdog vs Hakeen Dawodu

Swanson vs Dawodu Odds & Picks: Bet On Cub To Roar Saturday

UFC stalwart Cub Swanson challenges Hakeem Dawodu Saturday in an entertaining co-main event at the Apex.

Vicente Luque and Rafael dos Anjos will headline this Fight Night event in Las Vegas. 

For the co-main, Dawodu is a -225 favorite over Swanson.

Cub Swanson vs Hakeem Dawodu Odds

Swanson vs Dawodu Odds
Cub Swanson+187
Hakeem Dawodu-225

Odds as of August 11

Per our odds calculator, a $100 bet on Dawodu's -225 odds (69.23% implied chance) pays out $144.44. The same $100 on Swanson at +187 odds (34.84% implied chance) pays out $287.

How To Watch UFC Fight Night: Luque vs dos Anjos

Here's how you can watch Saturday's card.

  • Date/Time: August 12, 4 p.m. ET
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Arena: UFC Apex
  • Where to Watch: ESPN, Cable Provider

UFC Fight Night: Luque vs dos Anjos Full Card & Betting Odds

Here's Saturday's lineup in Sin City.

UFC Fight Night: Luque vs Dos Anjos Fight Card Odds
  • Main Card
  • Welterweight Main Event – Vicente Luque (EVEN) vs Rafael dos Anjos (-120)
  • Featherweight – Hakeem Dawodu (-225) vs Cub Swanson (+187)
  • Light Heavyweight – Khalil Rountree (-195) vs Chris Daukaus (+160)
  • Women's Strawweight – Polyana Viana (+160) vs Iasmin Lucindo (-195)
  • Middleweight – Tafon Nchukwi (-140) vs AJ Dobson (+115)
  • Middleweight – Josh Fremd (-325) vs Jamie Pickett (+260)
  • Prelims
  • Bantamweight – Marcus McGhee (-375) vs JP Buys (+290)
  • Lightweight – Terrance McKinney (TBD) vs Mike Breeden (TBD)
  • Featherweight – Francis Marshall (-165) vs Isaac Dulgarian (+140)
  • Heavyweight – Josh Parisian (+180) vs Martin Buday (-220)
  • Women's Strawweight – Jaqueline Amorim (-250) vs Montserrat Ruiz (+200)
  • Women's Flyweight – Julianna Miller (+120) vs Luana Santos (-145)

Odds as of August 11

Swanson vs Dawodu Betting Preview: Who Will Win

Here are the best bets I see for this matchup.

How To Bet Swanson

The Cub Swanson who stands before you Saturday is not the same man who fought in a UFC all-timer vs Doo-Hoo Choi or defeated the likes of Charles Oliveira, Dustin Poirier and Jeremy Stephens. That elite contender is gone, but some of his instincts remain.

Swanson talks about being fluid and fast. You can see those elements in his game as he drops his hands, uses feints and attacks with creative strikes. 

If you're leaning Swanson, take him to win straight up (+195). That's enough value, and you can bank on a KO or a lucky decision. Dawodu is tough, though, and I think Swanson's +195 status is well-placed.

How to Bet Dawodu

"Mean Hakeem" has seen seven of his nine UFC fights go the distance, which suggests it's wise to pick Dawodu by decision. The Canadian has an excellent chin and maintains a pretty good offensive output through his fights. 

Here's where I'm torn: I like Cub's upside better. Swanson has pushed a harder pace recently with four straight fights (two wins, two losses) ending inside the distance. It'll be interesting to see how Dawodu responds to a blitz from the American.

Cub Swanson vs Hakeem Dawodu Pick

I'll ride Swanson to win straight up. He's got a more violent upside, and I like his chances to win inside the distance or even by a damage-versus-strikes decision.

I'd avoid putting more than one unit on this bet, but the value could cash big. 

Pick: Swanson to win (+187)