Top UFC Fight Night Betting Pick “Cerrone vs Oliveira”

Posted by Aaron . on February 18, 2016 in

Fight Night 83 features the two “Cowboys” on their FS1 Main Card: Donald Cerrone and Alex Oliveira. Both of these fighters use the same nickname, so the strongest Cowboy will emerge from this fight as the victor. Cerrone and Oliveira have both provided excitement in their recent fights in the lightweight class, but they are both moving into the 170-pound class for this bout. While there is a lot of prestige on the line, this fight doesn’t have a lot of professional implications for either fighter. Cerrone will be in the UFC as long as he still wants to, and while wins pay more, he probably can’t get another title shot anyway. A win would be huge for Oliveira, but given the lack of expectations, a loss won’t hurt him.  Find out more about the latest MMA online spreads here.

Top UFC Fight Night Betting Pick “Cerrone vs Oliveira”

Date: Sunday, February 21st, 2016
Time: 9 PM EST
Venue: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Opening Line: D. CERRONE -290, A. OLIVEIRA +240

Why should you bet on Donald Cerrone?

Cerrone (28-7, 1 no-contest; 15-4 UFC) took a beating from Rafael dos Anjos in his title shot last year, and he is likely to bring a desire for redemption into the ring. He was originally slated to face Tim Means in this main card bout, but Means failed a USADA drug test and is out. Cerrone had won eight fights in a row before losing to dos Anjos for the second time. He had taken out such fighters as John Makdessi, Benson Henderson, Eddie Alvarez and Jim Miller. This fight against Oliveira gives him the chance to take on a lower tier contender and have fun. His record at submissions means that Oliveira could be in a huge world of trouble in a hurry.

Why should you bet on Alex Oliveira?

Oliveira (13-3-1, 1 no-contest; 3-1 UFC) is shorter but boasts a reach that is three inches longer with his arms than what Cerrone brings. He is quick, strong and features considerable power. He is a bouncer, using his jab to measure and then low kicks to chop his opponent down. Then you’ll see him launch into a combination with three or four punches. His specialty is the uppercut, and it comes with power. He does lack consistent mechanics, but he also understands timing and rhythm in a fight. This makes it hard for opponents to guess when the combinations are coming. He keeps the pace high-octane and pounds his opponent’s body and legs. He can get a little arrogant with his head movement, instead of relying on other defensive tactics, so opponents can hit him. He will stay in the pocket to bring an exchange, but he is growing in the area of using angles to exit.

Expert Pick and Final Prediction

Oliveria is a compelling challenger who will give Cerrone a test. However, Cerrone will use his savvy in the octagon to bring home the win. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Cerrone catch Oliveira gambling and end up with a quick stoppage win.