A Feast of UFC and Boxing Bouts Lined Up in October
It’s always a busy time of year for UFC and combat sports in general but this time around, October has given us a real feast of fights to boost a great month of sport. There is a good choice of match-ups from around the world but we’re going to focus on four battles where there is plenty at stake.
Tony Ferguson v Kevin Lee UFC 216: Sunday October 8
After a late change in the schedule for UFC 216, we have an interim lightweight championship between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee. This will serve as the main event for the night which takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.
It may well be the main event and the most anticipated fight on the card but the bookies are in no doubt as to who will emerge victorious. Currently, Ferguson is the clear favourite in the straight win markets at best odds of 1/2 with Stan James while Lee is very much the outside bet at a top price of 19/10 with MarathonBet.
When you look and compare stats between the two, it’s easy to see why the odds setters have come to that decision. 33 year old Ferguson is a former welterweight with 22 wins from 25 fights overall and was the eventual winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar v Team Dos Santos recent bout.
His opponent Kevin Lee is much younger at 25 and has a good record of his own with 16 wins from 18 fights. Experience is key, according to the pundits, but there is definite value for anyone favouring the younger man.
Other options for this fight include odds of 21/10 with Ladbrokes and Coral on the fight going the distance or 5/14 with the same two bookies on it ending inside the allotted time.
Demetrious Johnson v Ray Borg UFC 216: Sunday October 8
Also on the UFC 216 card in Nevada is this contest between Johnson and Borg and it’s another fight where the bookmakers have sided heavily with one fighter. In this instance, the odds are even more distinct with Johnson way ahead at best odds of 1/10 with MarathonBet while the same outlet are quoting a top price of 38/5 on a win for Ray Borg.
This is a flyweight contest and is the last fight prior to the Ferguson – Lee headliner. Johnson comes into this battle with a record of 26 wins from 29 fights, 5 of which have been by knockout, while Borg has 12 victories from 14.
Once again, when you compare the two records there doesn’t seem to be too much to choose between the two men but Johnson is widely expected to win this comfortably. However, taking that into consideration, the odds on the fight ending inside the distance look very good indeed at a best of 8/11 with SkyBet.
George Groves v Jamie Cox: October 14
UFC 216 may finish but October has plenty of top class action in store for fight fans and on October 14 we switch codes and look at this boxing match up between Groves and Cox. Although this is a tighter market than the one we’ve just considered, the vastly experienced Groves is ahead at a top price of 2/9 with 188Bet and SkyBet while opponent Cox is behind at best odds of 4/1 with Coral and Ladbrokes.
Alternatively there is an offer for the draw – and we’ve seen enough of those in recent months – at a best of 33/1 with Paddy Power and BetFred.
Groves puts his WBA Super-Middleweight title on the line here along with a record of 26 wins from his 29 fights. In the opposite corner, Jamie Cox actually has a perfect record of 24 wins from 24 so clearly this is no foregone conclusion. The bookies are coming down heavily on Groves’ side however with all of the remaining markets weighted heavily in his favour.
The most popular bet for method of victory is therefore Groves to win by a decision or technical decision which is at best odds of 11/10 with Paddy Power. Alternatively, Groves by KO or TKO is at 6/4 with Paddy Power again while the same bookie has what might be one of the better offers – a top price of 10/1 on Jamie Cox by decision or technical decision.
Ryan Burnett v Zhanat Zhakiyanov: October 21
Completing our round up of UFC and boxing for this month is this October 21st boxing match between Burnett and Zhakiyanov. We have another hot favourite here with the reigning IBF bantamweight fighter Burnett clear at a top price of 4/9 with Paddy Power while the best odds for challenger Zhakiyanov come in at 5/2 with Stan James and SportingBet.
Don’t forget the draw at a best of 25/1 with SkyBet and Stan James but this should be about one fighter. Northern Irishman Burnett is undefeated in 17 professional bouts while his opponent has just one defeat in 28 but at the age of 33, the fighter from Kazakhstan is considered to be some way past his best.
The action starts with UFC 216 and builds right through the month. Already we’re seeing lots of value across all the markets so get ready to pick your fighter and get involved.