Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (22-5, 7 KOs, 4 SUBs) will meet Brian Ortega (13-0, 2 KOs, 7 SUBs) in UFC 222 on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card airs live on pay-per-view starting 10 p.m. ET following the FS1 prelims. Bet on the most current UFC odds at BookMaker.eu and find the latest previews, predictions and selections today.
God bless Frankie Edgar. Instead of sitting on the sidelines and waiting for his title shot against Max Holloway – that was probably what 99% of fighters would have done – the former lightweight champ is electing to stay with this Saturday’s UFC 222 card at vegas. Not only is he denying his name shot, he’s meeting possibly the hottest fighter in the division, the undefeated Brian Ortega.
Cruising the messageboards, I have seen a great deal of fan love for Edgar for being a”real” fighter. It is hard not to agree, particularly when you’ve got men like Tyron Woodley who sat out for a year and a half to receive his opportunity in the strap. Let’s not forget just how much more a fighter stands to make not only in a title fight, but also in sponsorship opportunities as the winner. However, Edgar has always been a competitor, and in his own words, he”was sick of not fighting”.
So we have got one of the branch’s most seasoned scrappers meeting one of it is most reckless BJJ players. How should you wager this battle? Let’s take a peek at the UFC chances at BookMaker.eu, break down the matchup and go over your best betting choices.
UFC Odds at BookMaker.eu
Brian Ortega +170
Frankie Edgar -215
Fight goes/doesn’t go to conclusion -230/+170
Edgar started as more than a 2-1 favorite, and his money line has hovered around the -200 into -215 range. Ortega can be found anywhere from +150 to +170. Oddsmakers are providing Edgar a whole lot of respect, despite Ortega stealing the show with a beastly win over Cub Swanson in his last outing.
I would anticipate a flood of late bets on Ortega, as his possible is too tantalizing to ignore. It’s impossible not to believe you are taking a look at a future champion when you see him struggle. Although Edgar is by far the best opponent’s he is faced,”The Response” can be 36 plus a bit past his prime.
There is an obvious size difference between the two. Though Edgar is a former lightweight, he is a small enough 145er that there’s been rumblings of him dropping down to bantamweight. By comparison, Ortega is a huge featherweight who must cut serious pounds to make the limit. Against Swanson, who’s by no means little, Ortega looked like he had been at a different weight class.
But Frankie’s made a career out of beating larger dudes. His skillset is exceptionally well-rounded, and it starts with topnotch footwork and wrestling. On the feet, Frankie is in perpetual motion, moving in and out, side to side, into range and sliding out while peppering competitions with head-body punching combinations. The man wouldn’t be out of place within a squared circle.
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