Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (18-5-0) fights Anthony “Lionheart” Smith (31-14-0) in a Light Heavyweight bout on Saturday June 01 at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden in the main event at UFC Fight Night 153.
Alexander Gustafsson is widely regarded as one of the best ever light heavyweights in the UFC and is chasing the fourth title shot of his career.
Anthony Smith has only ever lost to Jon Jones at light heavyweight and took the incumbent champion and MMA legend all the way to the judges’ scorecards in their bout back in March of this year.
Indeed, both Gustafsson and Smith’s last opponent was Jon Jones, which is a great point of reference when looking for some UFC bets for this fight.
Gustafsson vs Smith Betting Lines & Pick
In December 2018, Gustafsson and Jones had their rematch after a five year wait, with some believing that Gustafsson had actually beaten Jones on the first occasion. Jones’s kicking expertise troubled the Swede throughout in the latest fight and in Round 3 he landed a takedown on Gustafsson, ending the bout with punches from the back mount.
Smith lost to Jones at the UFC 235 event in March 2019. During the fight Jones landed the unlawful strike with his knee while Smith was grounded, but instead of quitting and probably becoming champion by disqualification, Smith continued the fight.
In terms of our UFC betting predictions for this bout, Anthony Smith unquestionably has the power to trouble Gustafsson and at +225 with bet365, the betting value certainly looks to be with the underdog and Smith is therefore our pick to win this fight.
Those backing Alexander Gustafsson to win in front of his hometown supporters can do so at UFC betting odds of -250 at the Betway Sportsbook.
UFC Pick: Fight Result – Anthony Smith to win @ +225 (bet365)