UFC 212 Top Betting Picks

Posted by Ted Merrick on June 1, 2017 in

Earlier this week, we previewed the main event for UFC 212, set for this weekend, predicting a unanimous decision for Aldo. However, there are quite a few other interesting bouts further down the card that are also worth your attention — and your wagers. Let’s take a look at some of the more promising bouts and the latest predicted MMA odds for those bouts.

UFC 212 Top Betting Picks

Main Card (PPV)

Jose Aldo vs Max Holloway
Claudia Gadehla vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Vitor Belfort vs Nate Marquardt
Paulo Borrachinha vs Oluwale Bamgbose
Erick Silva vs Yancy Medeiros

Preliminary Card (FS1)

Raphael Assuncao vs Marlon Moraes
Antonio Carlos Jr. vs Eric Spicely
Johnny Eduardo vs Matthew Lopez
Iuri Alcantara vs Brian Kelleher

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

Leonardo Santos vs Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Viviane Pereira vs Jamie Moyle
Luan Chagas vs Jim Wallhead
Marco Beltran vs Deiveson Alcantara

Iuri Alcantara vs Brian Kelleher

This bantamweight bout features Alcantara (35-7 MMA, 9-4 UFC) and Kelleher (16-7 MMA), making his UFC debut. Alcantara had dropped two of three fights, but then at UFC 204, he picked up a “Performance of the Night” bonus for his submission of Brad Pickett. He brought Luke Sanders to submission with a kneebar finish at UFC 209, picking up another bonus. Kelleher has won six straight bouts, but he has not fought at all since March 2016. While we expect Kelleher to compete, we like Alcantara to win on the basis of his more recent experience and the submissions he has picked up.

Viviane Pereira vs Jamie Moyle

This is Pereira’s second UFC bout — but her overall MMA record stands at 12-0. Most of her wins have come in the lower tiers, but she did take down former contender Valerie Letourneau in her UFC debut. She’s getting a relatively easy opponent this time in Jamie Moyle, who didn’t do much to impress in The Ultimate Fighter (Season 23). We like Pereira to make it two wins in two UFC bouts.

Raphael Assuncao vs Marlon Moraes

Marlon Moraes, the former WSOF champ, finally appears in the UFC. He faces seasoned contender Raphael Assuncao, who has not made many waves, but his 2013 victory of T.J. Dillashaw gave him a place in the conversation for the bantamweight title. He has only fought once in the last year, but that was a split-decision victory over Aljamain Sterling in January. We have him as the favorite in Moraes’ debut.

Vitor Belfort vs Nate Marquardt

Many observers see this as Belfort’s last tilt in the UFC. He was once known as a terrifying finisher, but he has dropped three bouts in a row, and physically, he shows signs of getting weaker. However, he takes on another future has-been in Marquardt, who won just once in five bouts to start his second tour in UFC. Marquardt does bring some power to the game, but he is 38 years old and, like Belfort, is likely on his way out. We like Belfort to win in his last gasp with the UFC.