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UFC Fight Night: OSP vs Okami Betting Odds and Preview

If you’re looking for one of the most peculiar, odd main events in MMA history, you are in luck this weekend. Yushin Okami, who has not fought in the UFC in four years, will jump up two weight classes on just one week’s notice to take on Ovince Saint Preux.

Aside from the absurd main event, the card features a stellar co-main event between former strawweight title challengers Claudia Gadelha and Jessica Andrade. The rest of the event is what you would expect from a destination card to Japan, with plenty of little-known homegrown talent filling out the card.

Ovince Saint Preux vs Yushin Okami

Ovince Saint Preux (-500) is a huge, athletically gifted fighter whose skills have yet to fully live up to his natural gifts. OSP likes to utilize his length in the striking game, keeping opponents at range with kicks. His natural power and athleticism combined with his natural feel for counter-striking make trying to close the distance a dangerous proposition.

In terms of wrestling and grappling, OSP is fine. There isn’t much to phone home about, as his technique makes him vulnerable to a skilled grappler. If he does get caught on the mat, OSP looks to initiate a scramble where his natural gifts can get him out of the jam.

Since Yushin Okami (+350) left the UFC back in 2013, he has gone 5-2 with three stoppage victories. He owns a black belt in judo and looks to use his skills in the clinch along the cage to dictate where the fight takes place. Once along the cage, Okami can typically get the takedown and get top control. Whether he can do that against the much larger opponent is the real question.

In terms of striking, Okami is all right. He has a nice jab and has improved this aspect of his game over the years but still would rather be suffocating his opponent. He doesn’t have fight-ending power and his chin is questionable at this point in his career.

OSP is an athlete but he is still far from a polished fighter. His technique in every phase is OK – at best. However, he will have a massive size advantage and will be able to physically abuse Okami in this one. If Okami can somehow use his experience and OSP’s cardio to his favor, he might be able to make this interesting.  

Claudia Gadelha vs Jessica Andrade

Claudia Gadelha (-280) is a powerful takedown artist first and foremost. She wants to get her opponent against the fence so she can work one of her multitude of takedowns. Once on top, the Brazilian is unshakable and will grind her opponent into a fine dust. You should be expecting growth in her already crisp striking game now that she is spending time at Jackson-Wink. The issue with Gadelha continues to be her cardio. She dominated Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the first 10 minutes of their second fight, then gassed and got steamrolled.

Jessica Andrade (+220) is a whirling dervish of violence. She is small for the division but uses an aggressive, bursting striking attack to overwhelm her opponent. “Bate Estaca” tries to get her opponents back on the fence where she can unleash a flurry of strikes that can consist of 20 to 30 shots. Her short stature and lack of head movement mean that a skilled, speedy opponent can pick her apart from a distance. If Andrade gets top control, she will violently rain down strikes on her opponent but is also plenty capable of grabbing a hold of submissions. With her strength and wrestling ability, Andrade likes to force her opponent to the cage on the ground to limit their scrambling options.

This is a match between, arguably, the second- and third-best strawweights in the world. I only wish that this was five rounds instead of three.

UFC Fight Night 117: Saintt Preux vs Okami Betting Odds
  • Ovince Saint Preux -500
  • Yushin Okami +350
Odds as of September 22 at Bovada
  • Claudia Gadelha -280
  • Jessica Andrade +220
  • Takanori Gomi +290
  • Dong Hyun Kim -380
  • Gokhan Saki -190
  • Henrique da Silva +155
  • Teruto Ishihara -170
  • Rolando Dy +140
  • Keita Nakamura +110
  • Alex Morono -140
  • Jussier Formiga -450
  • Ulka Sasaki +325
  • Syuri Kondo -125
  • Chanmi Jeon -105
  • Shinsho Anzai +200
  • Luke Jumeau -260
  • Daichi Abe -105
  • Hyun Gyu Lim -125