UFC 240 in Alberta, Canada this weekend (July 27) has some popular Canadian fighters on the card, including 30-year-old Olivier Aubin-Mercier (11-4-0), who is the underdog to get a “W” back in the win column against tough-as-nails Armenian fighter Arman Tsarukyan (13-2-0).
Both men come into this contest needing a win on the back of a recent loss. We know Tsarukyan has an ‘up and coming’ reputation, but as things stand, Aubin-Mercier is well ahead of him in the UFC Lightweight rankings.
Aubin-Mercier has lost his last two fights, so a big win here on home soil is needed and he has to be respected as a dangerous man who is backing into a corner now at the top level of UFC competition.
This is an interesting match-up on the main card at UFC 240, between two well-rounded and quite evenly matched opponents.
Olivier Aubin-Mercier Vs Arman Tsarukyan Betting Lines & Prediction
The UFC betting lines are clearly favouring the travelling challenger from Armenia Arman Tsarukyan, but the hometown Canadian fighter Olivier Aubin-Mercier will have the Alberta crowd behind him, which is always a valuable asset in a game of small margins inside in the UFC octagon.
But the sensible option for our UFC 240 betting prediction in this one has to be for Arman Tsarukyan to win. He lost to a very high-class Russian opponent last time out (Islam Makhachev) and he will see this match-up as a step-down and a chance to make a statement that he can break the top 15 in the division.
Tsarukyan has a well-rounded fighting style and both men have KO power, however with so much on the line after respective losses, this could be a cagey encounter, a tactical battle fought out over three rounds. It could well be a split decision, but Tsarukyan is taken to get the nod on the judges scorecards.
UFC Betting Prediction: Tsarukyan to beat Aubin-Mercier by Decision. (or -213 (1.47) with bet365 for straight win)