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UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Hill Odds, Picks & Predictions

Daniel Coyle

by Daniel Coyle in Mixed Martial Arts News

Aug 2, 2022 · 7:20 AM PDT

Jamahal Hill during UFC 263
Jun 12, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Jamahal Hill during UFC 263 at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
  • Light heavyweights clash in the UFC on ESPN 40 main event as Thiago Santos takes on Jamahal Hill
  • Welterweights are featured in the co-main event as Vicente Luque battles Geoff Neal
  • Read on for all the odds and trends ahead of all the UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Hill action on Saturday night at UFC APEX 

Light-heavyweight contenders headed in opposite directions are set to clash in the main event at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Hill (also known as UFC on ESPN 40) on Saturday, August 6. Jamahal Hill vies for a third straight win as he takes on struggling veteran Thiago Santos. The co-main event features a welterweight matchup between Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal.

Prelim action is scheduled to get underway at 7:00 pm ET on Saturday night at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, with all the action available on ESPN 2. The main card follows at 10:00 pm ET on ESPN.

UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Hill Odds

Fighter Odds
Thiago Santos +215
Jamahal Hill -278
Fighter Odds
Vicente Luque -186
Geoff Neal +150
Fighter Odds
Mayra Bueno Silva -117
Stephanie Eggar -107
Fighter Odds
Nate Landwehr +170
Zubaira Tukhugov -215
Fighter Odds
Ariane Lipski -182
Priscila Cachoeira +145
Fighter Odds
Cory McKenna +215
Miranda Granger +170
Fighter Odds
Michal Oleksiejczuk -590
Sam Alvey +420
Fighter Odds
Takashi Sato +175
Bryan Battle -225
Fighter Odds
Terrance McKinney -910
Erick Gonzalez +600
Fighter Odds
Jason Witt +170
Josh Quinlan -215
Fighter Odds
Shamil Gamzatov -180
Misha Cirkunov +143
Fighter Odds
Augusto Sakai +175
Serghei Spivak -225

Odds at Barstool Sportsbook as of August 2, 2022.

 

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Santos vs Hill Odds & Best Bet

Thiago Santos has yet to recover from a split decision loss in his epic clash with Jon Jones at UFC 239, losing three of four subsequent contests, but remains pegged at No. 6 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.

Jamahal Hill is coming off back-to-back first-round KO wins over Johnny Walker and Jimmy Crute that have vaulted him to No. 10 among UFC light heavyweight contenders.

Santos vs Hill Stats

Santos
VS
Hill
38 Age 31
6′ 2″ Height 6′ 4″
76 inches Reach 79 inches
22-10-0, (16) Pro MMA Record (finishes) 10-1-0, one no contest (6)
#6 UFC Light Heavyweight Ranking #10

Thiago Santos will be desperate for a win to maintain his tenuous grasp on a spot among the top contenders in the UFC 205-pound division. Once a feared power puncher, who has racked up 15 career wins by KO or TKO, “The Sledgehammer” has now failed to finish an opponent while going 1-4-0 over his past five fights.

The gritty 38-year-old has managed to go a full five rounds on three occasions during his current slide, and now owns the longest average fight time in UFC light heavyweight history. However, he has consistently shown signs of wearing down over the long haul during that stretch.

Indeed, Santos was outstruck by a wide 36-17 margin during championship rounds in his last outing versus Magomed Ankalaev, and is unlikely to survive a similar onslaught in Saturday’s date with Hill.

Santos vs Hill Recent Fights

Santos
VS
Hill
Magomed Ankalaev (loss – unanimous decision) Fight 1 Johnny Walker (win – KO)
Johnny Walker (win – unanimous decision) Fight 2 Jimmy Crute (win – KO)
Aleksandar Rakic (loss – unanimous decision) Fight 3 Paul Craig (loss – TKO)
Glover Teixeira (loss – submission) Fight 4 Ovince Saint-Preux (win – TKO)
Jon Jones (loss – split decision) Fight 5 Klidson Abreu (no contest)

Jamahal Hill has wasted no time establishing himself as a legitimate UFC light heavyweight contender so making his promotion debut in 2020. “Sweet Dreams” has lived up to his name by tallying a trio of first-round knockouts over his past five fights, and earned Performance of the Night bonuses for his recent speedy KO wins over Johnny Walker and Jimmy Crute.

However, Hill received a taste of his own medicine at UFC 263, where he mustered just one strike before suffering a broken arm during a first-round TKO loss to Paul Craig.

That setback has not negatively impacted the 31-year-old American, who ranks second all-time among UFC light heavyweights in strikes landed per minute, and enjoys a massive three-inch reach advantage over Santos.

Pick: Hill (-278)

Luque vs Neal Odds & Best Bet

Vicente Luque will be looking to rebound from a hard-fought unanimous decision loss to Belal Muhammad three months ago that napped an impressive four-fight win streak. The 31-year-old impressed toe-to-toe, but consistently struggled to defend against takedowns, and Muhammad’s impressive grappling.

That marked a reversal of fortune for “The Silent Assassin”, who has developed a reputation as a fearsome submission specialist after forcing first-round tap outs in his two previous outings, against Michael Chiesa and Tyron Woodley.

Luque vs Neal Recent Fights

Luque
VS
Neal
Belal Muhammad (loss – unanimous decision) Fight 1 Santiago Ponzinibbio (win – split decision)
JMichael Chiesa (win – submission) Fight 2 Neil Magny (loss – unanimous decision)
Tyron Woodley (win – submission) Fight 3 Stephen Thompson (loss – unanimous decision)
Randy Brown (win – KO) Fight 4 Mike Perry (win – TKO)
Niko Price (win – TKO) Fight 5 Niko Price (win – TKO)

Geoff Neal snapped a two-fight slide with a narrow three-round split decision win over Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 269. Overall, “Handz of Steel” has gone the distance in each of his outings during a 1-2-0 run.

Despite his failure to get consistent nods from the judges, Neal has shown impressive stamina of late, with his strike count steadily rising over the course of his recent contests. Neal also sports a rock solid 88.0% takedown defence, which should enable him to avoid engaging Luque on the mat.

Pick: Neal (+150)

Other UFC Vegas 59 Picks

  • Augusto Sakai (+175): a loser in three straight outings, Sakai has poised for a rebound against Serghei Spivac, who followed up an embarrassing loss to Tom Aspinall with a recent win over former NFL star Greg Hardy.
  • Stephanie Eggar (-117): Eggar has quickly finished opponents in two straight outings, and is well positioned to dominate on the mat in her upcoming date with Mayra Bueno Silva.
  • Priscila Cachoeira (+145): “Zombie Girl” rebounded from a shaky start to earn the decision over Ji Yeon Kim last time out, and stacks up well against Ariane Lipski, who has struggled to deliver strikes and stay on her feet in two of her past three outings.

 

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