The UFC makes its highly anticipated debut in Russia as UFC Moscow takes place on Saturday from Olympic Stadium.
The main event features former heavyweight title challenger Mark Hunt taking on Moscow native Aleksei Oleinik.
When MMA fans get a great fight like this, there are certainly plenty of bets to be made. Let’s take a look.
Hunt vs. Oleinik odds
Sportsbookreview.com has Hunt as a big favorite as of Sept. 12. He comes in at a -195 favorite, meaning you would need to wager $195 to win $100.
Oleinik is a +170 underdog, meaning if you bet $100, you would win $170.
This is the classic grappler vs. striker matchup. Hunt (13-12-1, one no-contest) is 2-2, with one no-contest in his last five fights. “The Super Samoan’s” bread-and-butter is his left and right hands of steel, with no in-between. 10 of his wins have come by knockout.
Oleinik (56-11-1) is 3-2 in the UFC. His greatest strength is his submission game, as 46 of his career victories have come by that method, including his three wins inside the Octagon.
Hunt and Oleinik have one common opponent: top contender Curtis Blaydes.
In Hunt’s last fight, a unanimous decision loss to Blaydes at UFC 221, he was taken down time after time and was unable to get the fight back to standing position. Olenik lost to Blaydes by second round TKO at UFC 217.
The fight is going to come down to who can secure their advantage. If Hunt connects with either hand, Oleinik is likely to fall to the canvas and be either knocked out or close to it.
Oleinik has to stay in close quarters, work inside the clinch and try to get Hunt down, or he will suffer the sixth knockout loss of his career.
Oleinik will get the fight to the mat, as Hunt’s takedown defense has gotten worse as time goes on. From there, Oleinik will not make the same mistake that Blaydes did. It may take some time, but “The Boa Constrictor” will leech onto Hunt and secure win No. 47 via submission on home soil.
SN Pick: Aleksei Oleinik
Best Odds: SportsBookReview.com (+170)