UFC 241 Odds, Preview & Expert Picks

Posted by Derrick Harper on August 14, 2019 in

The Honda Center in Anaheim, California will host this weekend’s loaded UFC 241 card. Headlined by Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic II, with a co-main event of Anthony Pettis vs. Nate Diaz, this card will be loaded with action. Let’s preview some of the top bouts for Saturday’s UFC Betting action.

UFC 241 Odds, Preview & Expert Picks

Cormier Making Heavyweight DebutDaniel Cormier is the UFC heavyweight champion. At UFC 226, Cormier made his heavyweight debut and knocked out Stipe Miocic in the first round to claim the heavyweight championship. Neither fighter has fought since UFC 226, so this rematch has been over a year in the making.

Cormier hasn’t lost an official fight since 2015. He lost by unanimous decision to Jon Jones. While Cormier and Jones fought again in 2017, and Cormier was defeated, the decision was overturned when it was determined that Jones had failed a drug test. Cormier is a very versatile fighter. He’s not only able to finish off fighters with his striking ability, but he can also dominate on the mat. Cormier is able to use his training as an All-American and Olympic wrestler to dominate his opponents by grappling and taking them to the mat.

He’s also very powerful with his strikes. He’s able to use his lack of height to his advantage when opponents try to take him down, and he’s able to get inside and land powerful strikes.

Miocic Seeking 7th Straight Win

Miocic had won six straight fights until his defeat at the hands of Cormier. In those six wins, five came via knockout, with four of them in the first round. Much like Cormier, Miocic is very versatile and can brawl with his opponents, or use his superb grappling skills to take the fight to the mat.

Miocic was stunned by Cormier in their first fight and would love to get his revenge on Saturday. Miocic will look to take the fight to Cormier. If he can land some blows, he could put Cormier in a dangerous position. If he leaves himself open for Cormier to take advantage, we could see another quick ending.

Other Huge Fight

In the co-main event of the evening, we will see a welterweight battle between Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz. Both of these fighters are veterans in the UFC world and have had many high profile fights prior to this one. Pettis hasn’t won back-to-back fights since 2014. In losing six of his last 10, Pettis hasn’t been able to string together consecutive victories. His last fight was a knockout victory over Stephen Thompson in March. Nate Diaz hasn’t fought in the UFC since August of 2016. In that fight, he lost by decision to Connor McGregor.

In the fight prior to that, he had defeated McGregor by submission in the second round.  Pettis is very experienced and has a vast skill set. He is known for his spinning attacks and unorthodox kicks, and he loves to take chances and wants everything to be flashy. He can use his jiu-jitsu skills when grappling with his opponent.

The arrogant Diaz loves to poke and prod at his opponent. He doesn’t have huge striking power, but he uses his jabs to pester his opponents. He loves to try to infuriate his opponents by talking, taking cheap shots, etc.

Because both of these fighters are very flashy, and both love to put on a show, this should be a fun fight. Diaz loves to irritate his opponent, so he will try to frustrate Pettis with his style of fighting. Diaz could put himself in danger if he can’t avoid kicks from Pettis.

Looking Forward to Great Fights

UFC 241 has a great card with some exciting fights. Anytime the heavyweights headline the card, the audience is in for a good night. And with the co-main event matching up two flashy, sometimes-arrogant fighters, we should see a lot of action.