Cain Velasquez (14-2-0) is widely regarded as one of the greatest UFC heavyweights of all time and will be a popular betting pick for UFC on ESPN on Sunday, February 17th in Phoenix, Arizona.
The AKA (American Kickboxing Academy) Gym fighter has been plagued by injury since 2016 and hasn’t been inside the UFC Octagon since beating Travis Browne in devastating fashion at UFC 200…
Ngannou Vs Velasquez Betting Odds
On the Ngannou Vs Velasquez betting lines, Velasquez is the hot -225 bookies favourite at William Hill to stage a triumphant return to MMA. Standing in his way in the French-African giant Francis Ngannou (12-3-0) who can be backed at +180 with bet365*.
At 6ft 5in and 260 lb of pure power, Ngannou is a real force to be reckoned with in the Heavyweight division, despite losing his first title shot against Stipe Miocic in January of 2018. He also lost to Derrick Lewis in a bit of a non-event, where Ngannou was clearly lacking the confidence to throw shots.
Ngannou was back to his frightening best when taking out heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes in his latest fight in Beijing, China. The betting lines may have Ngannou as the +180 underdog for this contest, but one mistake from high level wrestling kickboxer Velasquez and Ngannou has the speed and power to end this contest in an instant.
Ngannou Vs Velasquez Betting Tip
Any betting predictions are made difficult considering the clash of fighting styles at play here. Cain Velasquez has been plagued by injury, but on the plus side he is still only 36-years old and does have too many miles on the clock with only 16 total Pro fights to his name. Hopefully he is training more smart these days and the time off has given this future Hall of Fame entry the space to grow as a martial artist.
If Velasquez is sharp from the first bell and uses his head movement to faint and avoid and ultimately frustrate Ngannou into a mistake, he can make this fight ugly up against the cage and look to get the Frenchman to the ground. There, Velasquez can go for a ‘ground and pound’ finish within the five rounds so on that basis the pick has to be for Velasquez to beat Ngannou.
Fight Prediction: Cain Velasquez to win at -225 William Hill
* Odds correct at the time of writing