An exciting clash of titans, it’s a must win for both fighters and the odds lines are looking tight for a great battle at UFC Fight Night 145 in Prague on Feb 23.
Dutchman Stefan Struve will take on the Brazilian Marcos Rogerio de Lima, who returns to the Heavyweight division again having failed to make weight twice at 205 lb. It seems ironic that the second man the UFC match him up against is a 265 lb, 7ft giant nicknamed ‘The Skyscraper’, the largest human in the division by quite some way.
Struve vs De Lima Betting Odds
UFC heavyweight veteran Stefan Struve will be a part of the promotion’s debut trip to the Czech Republic as the co-main event in Prague on Saturday night, and Struve is the slight +110 underdog to get the win at bet365. Marcos Rogerio de Lima is -125 at 888sport and is seen as the favourite on the betting lines.
Struve (28-11) has lost his last three fights, most recently dropping a unanimous decision to Marcin Tybura at UFC Hamburg in July. He’s also come up short against Andrei Arlovski and Alexander Volkov in recent outings, marking the longest losing streak of his career after a period where he looked to gain some traction in the division. ‘The Skyscraper’ hasn’t won since submission of Daniel Omielanczuk at UFC 204, which is some time ago now!
Lima, with a record of 16-5-1, returned to heavyweight after consecutive failures to make the light heavyweight limit, but the Brazilian was able to defeat Adam Wieczorek by unanimous decision at UFC 230 and it looks as if he’ll stay at heavyweight and be far more comfortable there now.
Struve vs De Lima Betting Tips
Stefan Struve is seemingly lacking in confidence and could be vulnerable or lacking motivation in recent fights and for that reason, de Lima has to be the pick of the betting lines.
Odds of -125 with 888sport are the best odds available and he will make a solid addition to any parlay bets you may have for UFC Fight Night.
Fight Verdict: Lima to win at -125 (888sport)