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Best UFC 288 Bets: Intriguing Clash of Styles for Virna Jandiroba vs. Marina Rodriguez

The UFC has another action-packed card in store for MMA fans tonight. UFC 288: Sterling vs. Cejudo will take place in Newark, N.J., with the undercard beginning at 3 p.m. ET. But before the main card starts, bettors have plenty of prelim bouts to wager on, including an intriguing matchup between Virna Jandiroba and Marina Rodriguez. Let’s take a look at the best UFC 288 bet for this undercard bout.

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Best UFC 288 Bets & Odds: Virna Jandiroba-Marina Rodriguez

Virna Jandiroba-Marina Rodriguez Odds from FanDuel Sportsbook

Marina Rodriguez: -132 | Virna Jandiroba: +108
Over 2.5: -230 | Under 2.5: +176

In a true clash of styles, Jandiroba and Rodriguez find themselves at intriguing points near the top of the division. Rodriguez was in the title conversation, only to drop her last fight against Amanda Lemos by knockout in the third round. Jandiroba split her last four fights, losing decisions to Mackenzie Dern and Amanda Ribas. However, she defeated Angela Hill by decision in her last contest.

Ultimately, both fighters have a path to victory here. Rodriguez has the superior striking, averaging 4.8 strikes per minute, compared to 3.05 strikes absorbed. Jandiroba prefers to get fights to the ground, averaging 2.31 takedowns per minute. Each of these stylistic advantages works against one of the primary weaknesses of their opponent. Jandiroba has a negative striking differential of  2.45 strikes landed per minute, compared to 3.19 strikes absorbed. On the other side, Rodriguez has 65% takedown defense, which has been her downfall in multiple fights against strong wrestlers.

Jandiroba has strong Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills, evidenced by her 13 career submission wins. However, her 38% takedown accuracy points to some potential flaws in her wrestling. Rodriguez has never been submitted, and this fight is -186 to reach the judges. As long as Rodriguez can weather the initial takedown blitz from Jandiroba, she should weaponize her cardio to outpoint her opponent late in the fight and win a decision here.

Best Virna Jandiroba-Marina Rodriguez Bet: Marina Rodriguez By Decision (+150, FanDuel)

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