The light heavyweight division will be on the marquee for this week’s UFC Fight Night with Thiago Santos vs Magomed Ankalaev as the headliner. This is a battle between the No. 5-ranked light heavyweight, Santos, and No. 6 Ankalaev.
UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Ankalaev is taking place Saturday, March 12, at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the opening fight of the night taking place at 4 p.m. ET. In Santos vs Ankalaev odds, it is the lower-ranked fighter who is favored.
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Santos vs Ankalaev Notes
Following a three-fight losing skid, including a split-decision loss in his attempt at winning the light heavyweight title vs Jon Jones, Thiago Santos finally got back in the win column last October with a decision victory over Johnny Walker.
Meanwhile, it has been four years since Magomed Ankalaev last tasted defeat, way back in his UFC debut. Since then, he has rattled off seven straight wins and has all the momentum to challenge for the belt in the not-too-distant future.
Santos vs Ankalaev Odds
Online sportsbook BetUS has released the Santos vs Ankalaev odds and has listed Magomed as the sizable -550 chalk and Thiago the +375 underdog. This means to profit $100 with an Ankalaev win, you need to lay $550 while a $100 winning wager on Santos nets you $375.
To further understand the odds, we can use our sports betting calculator. There, you will see that Ankalaev’s betting line translates to an implied win probability of 84.62 percent while Santos’ odds represent an implied win probability of 21.05 percent.
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If you’re looking to add the biggest favorite in the UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Ankalaev odds to a parlay, that fighter would be Ankalaev in the main event. If you want to try your betting hand on the fight with the tightest odds, you would be looking at the prelim bout between Kamuela Kirk and Damon Jackson, which is set as a pick’em with both men holding -115 odds.
Santos vs Ankalaev Betting Odds & Fight Card
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UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Ankalaev Best Bets
Below I will provide my three favorite UFC picks for this weekend’s card, including a play on the main event.
Thiago Santos vs Magomed Ankalaev Odds & Prediction
Searching for consecutive wins for the first time since 2019 is former title challenger Thiago “Marreta” Santos (+375). To succeed, he must knock off Magomed Ankalaev (-550), who is unbeaten since 2018.
Prediction: Magomed Ankalaev Inside The Distance (+110)
Alex Pereira vs Bruno Silva Odds & Prediction
Kicking off the main card is Alex “Poatan” Pereira (-180), who made his UFC debut at UFC 268 in November and turned heads with his flying knee knockout. He will look to extend his three-fight winning streak against Bruno “Blindado” Silva (+150), who is unbeaten in over five years and looking for his eighth win in a row.
Prediction: Alex Pereira (-180)
Khalil Rountree vs Karl Roberson Odds & Prediction
Looking to bust out of his first-ever losing skid is Karl “Baby K” Roberson (-130), who searches for his first win in over two years. Meanwhile, it has been more than four years since Khalil “The War Horse” Rountree (+100) won back-to-back fights but he has a chance to do so with this bout.
Prediction: Khalil Rountree (+100)
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