Dana White’s Contender Series 30 takes place on Tuesday, August 25 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The offshore sportsbooks recently opened up the betting odds for the main card, and here they are.
Opening Odds For Dana White’s Contender Series 30
Anthony Romero -200
Mike Breeden +160
Collin Huckbody -240
Kyron Bowen +190
Jeff Molina -155
Jacob Silva +125
Alejandro Flores -175
Rafael Alves +145
Jamie Pickett -250
Jhonoven Pati +200
Here are my initial thoughts on the Opening Odds For Dana White’s Contender Series 30:
- In lightweight action, Romero (7-0) takes on Breeden (8-2). Romero is just 23 years old and is one of the best prospects from Canada. He is unbeaten in his career with the majority of his bouts taking place in King of the Cage. Breeden, meanwhile is, 31 years old and is an LFA veteran who has won his last three fights. Breeden has fought better competition but with Romero being far younger and undefeated, I have to favor the Canadian in this one.
- At middleweight, Huckbody (7-2) takes on Bowen (9-4). Huckbody is 25 and he is an LFA veteran who has won his last four fights on the regional scene. As for Bowen, he’s 26 and he has won seven straight fights. Huckbody opened as a big favorite and considering his submission prowess and Bowen’s problems with submission defense earlier in his career, I can see why. Having said that, I think the odds should be a bit tighter for this one considering how much Bowen has improved his overall game. Still, I favor Huckbody ever so slightly.
- In the flyweight division, Molina (7-2) takes on Silva (6-2). An LFA vet, Molina is just 23 years old and he has won his last six straight fights. As for Silva, he is 32 and he has won his last six straight fights. Both guys have been red hot heading into their Contender Series debut, but I can’t ignore the sizeable age gap hee in Molina’s favor, and I believe he will win this fight.
- At lightweight, Flores (17-2) takes on Alves (18-9) in a fight between two experienced veterans of the regional scene. Flores is a 29-year-old Mexican and a veteran of Combate Americas. He has won nine of his last 10 fights. As for Alves, the 29-year-old Brazilian enters the Contender Series on a four-fight win streak and he is a veteran of Titan FC. Both fighters are very experienced but Flores appears to have fewer holes in his game and I believe he will win.
- And finally, we have a middleweight bout between Pickett (10-4) and Pati (6-3). Pickett is 31 and he is a Contender Series veteran, having lost to Punahele Soriano and Charles Byrd on the show. He has won three of his last four fights heading into this fight. As for Pati, he is 29 years old and an LFA veteran. Heading into his Contender Series debut he has won his last two fights. Both guys are dangerous but flawed fighters making this a tricky fight to pick. I don’t agree with Pickett opening as such a big favorite, and I’ll take a shot on Pati as an underdog.