- Will Amanda Nunes continue her dominant reign?
- Can former champion Cody Garbrandt end his losing streak?
- See the odds, picks and betting preview for the pay-per-view card
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be back in Las Vegas for UFC 250, this Saturday, June 6, which sees the women’s featherweight title on the line.
In the main event, Amanda Nunes is looking to defend her featherweight title against Canadian challenger and former Invicta FC featherweight champion, Felicia Spencer. The co-main event sees former UFC bantamweight champion, Cody Garbrandt return to battle perennial contender, Raphael Assuncao.
The event is scheduled to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC 250 airs live on pay-per-view at 10 pm EST. The table below shows odds for the entire card, followed by best bets for the event.
UFC 250 Odds
|Fighter||Book 1 Odds||Book 2 Odds|
|Anthony Rocco Martin||+120||+121|
All odds as of June 1
Can Spencer Pull Off the Massive Upset?
Amanda Nunes (19-4) is the UFC’s bantamweight and featherweight champion and is looking to defend her featherweight title for the first time. She won the belt back at UFC 232 where she knocked out Cris Cyborg in 51 seconds. In her last fight, she beat Germaine de Randamie by decision and before that knocked out Holly Holm in the first round. The Brazilian has notable wins over Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko, twice, and Julia Budd among others.
Felicia Spencer (8-1) is the former Invicta FC featherweight champion and is 2-1 inside the Octagon. Last time out, she TKO’d Zarah Fairn dos Santos in the first round to get back into the win column after dropping a decision to Cris Cyborg. In her UFC debut, she pulled off an upset with a first-round submission win over Megan Anderson. She also beat Pam Sorenson in Invicta to win the title.
Although some fans aren’t happy with the main event, I think this is a really fascinating fight. Nunes is the GOAT for women’s MMA and many think this will be an easy win for the Brazilian. Yet, Spencer does pose a lot of challenges for Nunes.
There is no question Amanda Nunes is the better striker, but Spencer is a natural featherweight and will have the bigger stature in there. The Canadian is also phenomenal on the ground and can submit anyone or earn ground and pound TKO wins.
Early on in the fight, I don’t think Nunes will come out swinging as she did with Cyborg. Instead, she’ll be patient in the first round and try and pick the right shots and look to avoid the takedowns and clinch by Spencer. The Canadian also showed in the Cyborg fight she can take a shot and keep moving forward.
Spencer should have the cardio advantage so the longer the fight goes, the more success she will be able to have. There is no question this is a much closer fight than the odds suggest. But, I don’t think Spencer will be able to get Nunes down and hold her there as Nunes has so much strength to get up and good takedown defense to prevent it from getting there.
So, I believe Nunes will pick apart Spencer and possibly hurt her a few times. I don’t think she’ll be able to finish the Canadian but will do enough to win a decision and defend her belt. But, the value isn’t there, so I wouldn’t recommend a bet on the moneyline.
Pick: Amanda Nunes (-625)
Nunes vs Spencer
Will Garbrandt Snap His Losing Skid?
Cody Garbrandt (11-3) is currently on a three-fight losing streak where last time out he suffered another first-round knockout loss to Pedro Munhoz. Before that, he lost back-to-back fights to T.J. Dillashaw by knockout to lose his bantamweight title. Prior to the setbacks, he had a dominant performance over Dominick Cruz to win the bantamweight title back at UFC 207. He also has notable wins over Augusto Mendes and Thomas Almeida.
Raphael Assuncao (27-7) is on a two-fight losing streak where he lost by decision to Cory Sandhagen and lost by submission to Marlon Moraes. The Brazilian is a perennial top-10 contender where he has notable wins over Moraes, T.J. Dillashaw, Aljamain Sterling, Pedro Munhoz, and Rob Font.
This is a crucial fight for both men if they want to remain a contender. No one could’ve expected Garbrandt’s career to go like this after he beat Cruz. But, against Assuncao, he should be able to snap his losing streak. The former champ is working with Mark Henry, which I think will be beneficial for him. The Brazilian also doesn’t have much knockout power, which is where Garbrandt has run into problems.
So, I believe Garbrandt will be able to catch Assuncao in the first or second round and finish him by TKO to return to the win column.
Pick: Cody Garbrandt (-150)
Other UFC 250 Picks
- Cory Sandhagen (+100): This is a phenomenal fight in the bantamweight division. It’s a super close fight but I think Sandhagen is the more technical fighter and better striker where he’ll earn a decision win.
- Neil Magny (-141): Magny should be able to keep this fight standing where he’s the better striker and earn a decision win or late TKO win.
- Sean O’Malley (-450): Sean O’Malley is better everywhere and should win by knockout. But, if you are going to bet this fight, look for the KO/TKO prop as the money line doesn’t present value.