The UFC will be heading to Dallas for UFC 277 after a fun UFC London card. There will be two title fights this weekend, with Amanda Nunes looking to recapture her bantamweight title against Juliana Pena after Pena submitted Nunes in their first fight. In the co-main event, the flyweight interim title will be on the line between Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France. The winner will be getting a matchup with currently injured champion Deiveson Figueiredo. While there are a handful of really wide moneylines that can be used as parlay building blocks, most of the fights are lined fairly competitively giving the bettors moneyline opportunities. In terms of prop betting, there are a lot of high-level finishers, so looking at time or methods of victory provides multiple ways to bet UFC 277.
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UFC 277 Picks, Predictions & Best Bets
Alexandre Pantoja vs Alex Perez Prediction | Claim $200 FREE
In a flyweight bout that easily could have been the interim title fight, challengers Alexandre Pantoja and Alex Perez will clash to see who will be next in line for a title shot. Both fighters have fought champion Deiveson Figueiredo and lost, but Pantoja’s was a three-round decision, competitive loss; if it had been five rounds, it may have turned out differently. Perez lost via first-round submission by getting caught in a guillotine choke, and Figueiredo has a nasty guillotine.
Both of these fighters carry tremendous power for the 125-pound weight class and are very skilled on the mat. They like to exchange on the feet but also mix in wrestling well — Perez lands 2.92 takedowns per 15 minutes, while Pantoja lands 1.26. In the submission grappling department, the edge goes to Pantoja, but he may struggle to get Perez to the mat, as Perez defends takedowns at 87%. If the fight does hit the mat, there will be some fun scrambles and either fighter could lock up a submission. On the feet, it is certainly possible both fighters could hurt each other exchanging in the pocket. Both fighters have multiple first-round knockouts on their resumes, and it would not be surprising to see another one.
UFC 277 Best Bet: Pantoja/Perez Fight Won’t Go the Distance -105 (DraftKings)
Derrick Lewis vs Sergei Pavlovich Prediction | Claim $200 FREE
In a battle of heavyweight knockout artists, Derrick Lewis will clash with Sergei Pavlovich. After losing his UFC debut by knockout to Alistair Overeem, Pavlovich has ripped off three consecutive first-round knockouts over Marcelo Golm, Maurice Greene and Shamil Abdurakhimov. It is impressive on paper, but Golm and Greene are no longer in the UFC and Abdurakhimov is now on a three-fight losing streak, all coming by finish. This is a massive step up in competition for Pavlovich, one he may not be ready for.
Lewis, on the other hand, has fought everyone in the division and holds the heavyweight record for finishes. He is coming off a knockout loss to Tai Tuivasa, which is a tad concerning, but Tuivasa is a brawler and happened to catch Lewis. Pavlovich lands 6.06 significant strikes per minute, which is an incredible rate, but it is a bit misleading because all of his fights have finished in the first round and a lot of strikes have come after a knockdown with ground and pound. Lewis holds his power all throughout the fight because, though he does not throw with high volume, when he does it is devastating. A Lewis knockout of Pavlovich is certainly in the cards here, but getting plus money on the moneyline for Lewis eliminates the need to bet Lewis by knockout.
UFC 277 Best Bet: Derrick Lewis +125 (DraftKings)