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UFC 290: Volkanovski vs Rodriguez Odds, Picks & Predictions

Nick Holz

by Nick Holz in Mixed Martial Arts News

Updated Jul 5, 2023 · 8:05 AM PDT

Islam Makhachev fighting Alexander Volkanovski
Feb 12, 2023; Perth, WA, AUSTRALIA; Islam Makhachev (red gloves) fights Alexander Volkanovski (blue gloves) during UFC 284 at RAC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasmin Frank-USA TODAY Sports
  • UFC 290 kickoffs this Saturday, July 8th  from T-Mobile Arena is Las Vegas
  • Alexander Volkanovski & Yair Rodriguez do battle in the main event
  • Check out all the UFC 290 odds and our best bets below

Dana White has cooked up an unbelievable card for Saturday’s UFC 290. A flyweight spectacular between Brandon Moreno and Alexandre Pantoja hits the Octagon before featherweights Alexander Volkanovski and Yair Rodriguez battle it out in the main event. With two championship fights on the card UFC 290 should be a sizzling night of MMA.

UFC 290 gets underway at 6pmET from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Before you place your wagers, check out all the odds and our best bets for what could prove to be an historic night of MMA below.

UFC 290: Volkanovski vs Rodriguez Odds

Fighter Odds
Alexander Volkanovski -380
Yair Rodriguez +290
Fighter Odds
Brandon Moreno -195
Alexandre Pantoja +165
Fighter Odds
Robert Whittaker -400
Dricus Du Plessis +300
Fighter Odds
Jalin Turner -260
Dan Hooker +220
Fighter Odds
Robbie Lawler +225
Niko Price -265
Fighter Odds
Jack Della Maddalena -950
Josiah Harrell +600
Fighter Odds
Yazmin Jauregui -390
Denise Gomes +295
Fighter Odds
Jimmy Crute -120
Alonzo Menifield +100
Fighter Odds
Tatsuro Taira -950
Edgar Chairez +650
Fighter Odds
Vitor Petrino -280
Marcin Prachnio +235
Fighter Odds
Cameron Saaiman -520
Terrence Mitchell +380
Fighter Odds
Shannon Ross +120
Jesus Santos Aguilar -140
Fighter Odds
Kamuela Kirk +115
Esteban Ribovics -135

Alexander Volkanovski enters UFC 290 as a heavy -380 favorite over challenger Yair Rodriguez +290. While the co-main event sees Brandon Moreno as a -195 favorite over Alexandre Pantoja +165 for the featherweight championship.

 

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Volkanovski vs Rodriguez Odds & Predictions

Featherweight kingpin Alexander Volkanovski returns to the Octagon at UFC 290.

Renowned for his potent striking and impenetrable defense, Alexander Volkanovski has left a trail of high-calibre opponents in his wake. Destroying the likes of Chad Mendes, Jose Aldo, Max Holloway and Chan Sung Jung will get you to the top of the UFC’s rankings pretty quickly.

In contrast, Yair Rodriguez is an incredibly unique and unpredictable fighter. Rodriguez uses his athleticism to the fullest. With a whirlwind of spectacular kicks and agile movements inside the Octagon, Rodriguez’s high-flying strikes could end the fight at any moment.

Rodriguez’ unpredictability is the real wildcard in this bout. His flashy striking could pose a problem early for Volkanovski. Underestimating the Mexican fighter is a mistake. After all, his only losses in the past decade have come to UFC champions Frankie Edgar and Max Holloway.

That being said, Alexander Volkanovski is a different beast all together. His tactical brilliance will prove to be too much down the stretch for Rodriguez. Look for Volkanovski to take control as the fight enters the championship rounds.

Volkanovski vs Rodriguez Picks: Alexander Volkanovski by decision (+110), Over 4.5 total rounds (-160)

Moreno vs Pantoja Odds & Prediction

Saturday’s co-main event sees reigning flyweight champion Brandon Moreno battle Alexandre Pantoja in a clash that could redefine the UFC’s flyweight division.

With 11 career victories by submission, Moreno’s slick submission skills could put an end to this fight at any moment.

Meanwhile, Alexandre Pantoja is no slouch. The Rio de Janeiro native boasts 10 career submission victories himself. In fact, Pantoja has finished his last two UFC fights by rear naked choke. He’ll be a live underdog heading into the UFC 290 co-main event.

This bout is a rematch of an exhibition at the Ultimate Fighter Season 24 in 2016. That time around Pantoja won the fight via second-round rear naked choke. However, Moreno has improved immensely since 2016, and will be a hungry for revenge at UFC 290. Take Moreno to retain his belt in what could be the fight of the night.

Moreno vs Pantoja Pick: Brandon Moreno to win (-195)

 

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