PredictionStrike's Take on UFC 268

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What’s up guys!? My name is Nico Christie, and I am the first hire here at PredictionStrike. I help lead our product, partnerships, and marketing… but you probably know me from my Instagram Reels on @predictionstrike. We have been working incredibly hard behind the scenes to bring MMA to PredictionStrike and the day is finally here!

Before I get into my tips for UFC fighters, I want to once again tease that we will be announcing our first professional athlete partnerships TODAY! Keep a close eye on our social media channels as we share more details.

With all that out of the way, let’s get into my recap of UFC 267 and my preview of UFC 268.

UFC 267 Recap: A Top 5 2021 UFC Event 

Man-oh-man. As far as major cards go, UFC 267 was not expected to be one of this year’s marquee events. Many viewed the card as a precursor to what seems to be a LEGENDARY UFC 268. Tucked away in Yas Island and only a week before the UFC’s return to Madison Square Garden, it was easy to forget just how electric some of these matchups were. It ended up being a night UFC fans won’t soon forget.

Khamzat Chimaev ($2.25) proved to be even scarier than ever imagined. Finally matched up against a powerful, well-rounded, and ranked opponent in Li Jingliang ($1.75), most – myself included – figured we would finally see “The Wolf” truly tested. What a tremendously stupid thought.

Chimaev, again, SOMEHOW did not even get touched. He holds a total strike differential of 254 to 1. Yes, you read that correctly. What’s next for The Wolf? When asked Chimaev responded “Kill everybody. I am the champion”. Not sure what to make of that… but I’m holding his shares for the rest of his career. There isn’t anyone under 205 that I would seriously doubt him against. 

Other quick hits on UFC 267: 

  • Yes, Islam Makhachev ($3.75) is somehow Khabib 2.0. Much has been made of Islam over the last few years and this weekend he faced his biggest test in champ-level talent Dan Hooker ($3.5). Islam made it look like a sparring session.
  • Glover Teixeira ($5.0) finally reached UFC gold at 42 years old. An incredibly powerful story of persistence. He methodically broke down Jan Blachowicz ($4.75) and left no room for doubt as to who was the better fighter in there.
  • Amanda Ribas ($2.25) def. Virna Jandiroba ($1.75) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Virna walked out to “Island Boy”… so can’t say anyone truly lost.

UFC 268: The Return of Madison Square Garden 

The UFC is finally back in New York City. The yearly Madison Square Garden card had become a staple of MMA culture, and it is beautiful to see it finally return. The card is stacked from top-to-bottom, but the magic of this card is in the final three fights of the main card.

  • Justin Gaethje ($4.5) is back in action against Michael Chandler ($4.0). This fight will be an absolute barnburner. Think a Dustin vs. Justin, Justin vs. Alvarez, Dustin vs. Alvarez type of fight. Very small chance this fight ends in a decision. Last we saw Justin, he had fallen short in a title fight which saw Khabib dominate, retire, and ride off into the proverbial sunset (which apparently involves a near perfect coaching record). Last we saw Michael, he was a hair away from reaching lightweight champ status as well, falling to current champ Charles Oliveira ($5.0).
  • Rose Namajunas ($5.0) and Zhang Weili ($4.75) are running it back for the WSW championship. Their last fight ended in brutal fashion, with Rose sleeping Weili with a sickening head kick in the first round. I figure this fight will go into the deeper rounds… hopefully we get to see a bit more this time!
  • Kamaru Usman ($5) faces Colby Covington ($4.75) in a rematch for the Welterweight title. Usman has gone on to dominate the Welterweight division and solidify himself as the Pound-for-Pound best in the world since their last fight. Colby broke Tyron Woodley down and has waited over a year now for this matchup. Their first match was one of my all-time favorite fights. Personally, I had it 2-2 going into the 5th round before Usman finished the job. Colby has been the only man to push Usman to the limit on his current run, and I can’t wait to see them run it back!

We’re incredibly excited for this next chapter here at PredictionStrike. It’s an honor to have you with us! I will be sharing more MMA investing tips both here and on our social media channels moving forward.

Happy trading,

Nico

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