Dos Anjos has lost three of his last four bouts, although that needs to be qualified by the fact that all three of his losses have been to Top 5 ranked fighters and all by unanimous decision.
His last fight saw him go down to Leon Edwards in July last year, with his defeats prior to that coming against Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington. There was a win over Kevin Lee in May last year sandwiched between.
The 35 year-old Brazilian likes to fight on the front foot, where he is a difficult man to stop. He also has a great gas tank that will ensure he can go the full 15 minutes if required.
The 32 year-old Michael Chiesa’s move to Welterweight has seen him beat a couple of veteran fighters to date, but this looks to be a step-up in class. There have been doubts as to Chiesa’s cardio, so the longer this fight goes, the more one would expect “RDA” to take control.
In his last fight, “Maverick” beat his fellow American Diego Sanchez by unanimous decision at UFC 239 in July 2019.
Of Chiesa’s 16 career wins to date, 11 have come via submission, so it’s clear where his strengths lie.
Rafael dos Anjos vs Michael Chiesa Betting Lines & Prediction
In terms of UFC betting predictions for this fight, a loss here for dos Anjos could be a devastating blow to his career at this stage, but he’s our tip to win this.
For better UFC odds, we’ll take dos Anjos in the ‘Method of Victory’ betting market to win by Decision or Technical Decision at +163 (2.63) with Betway.