Dana White’s Contender Series 33 takes place on Tuesday, September 15 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The offshore sportsbooks recently opened up the betting odds for the full card, and here they are.
Opening Odds For Dana White’s Contender Series 33
Gregory Rodrigues -175
Jordan Williams +145
Muhammadjon Naimov -225
Collin Anglin +185
Korey Kuppe -115
Michael Lombardo -115
Danyelle Wolf -155
Taneisha Tennant +135
Kyle Driscoll -225
Dinis Paiva +185
Here are my initial thoughts on the Opening Odds For Dana White’s Contender Series 33:
- At middleweight, we have Rodrigues (7-2) taking on Williams (8-3). The 28-year-old Brazilian Rodrigues rides a six-fight win streak into this contest with experience fighting for LFA and ACB. As for Williams, the 29-year-old American is getting his third chance on Contender Series after a split decision loss to Ramazan Kuramagomedov last summer and a No Contest to Tim Caron in 2018. Williams is most known for his stint in Bellator where he picked up two knockout wins in two tries. I’m surprised that Williams keeps getting so many chances on the Contender Series but it’s clear the UFC matchmakers like him. Rodriguez, though, is my lean.
- In a featherweight bout, Naimov (4-0) meets Anglin (7-1). The 26-year-old Naimov is a native of Tajikistan and is so far unbeaten as a pro with four wins in a row fighting for Titan FC. As for Anglin, the 26-year-old American is riding a six-fight win streak into this bout. Neither guy has fought a high level of competition, so it’s hard to get a read on how good either guy really is. My lean is Naimov but the line seems too high for an unproven fighter.
- At 170lbs, Kuppe (8-3) takes on Lombardo (10-2). The 31-year-old American Kuppe enters this bout off of two straight wins including a submission over recent Contender Series fighter Kenny Cross. As for Lombardo, the 30-year-old American lost a decision to Kyle Daukaus on last season of the Contender Series and has since racked up a 2-0, 1 NC record. This should be a competitive fight but based on his experience I would have to favor Lombardo slightly.
- In a women’s featherweight but, Wolf (0-0) takes on Tennant (3-0). The 37-year-old Wolf is making her pro MMA debut here but she has a 27-14 record as a pro boxer. As for Tennant, the 31-year-old American is 3-0 as a pro but she also has two wins in Invicta FC that were one-round fights. With Wolf making her MMA debut at an older age, that’s immediately a knock against her. I know she has all that boxing experience, but MMA is a different game and Tennant is being overlooked here considering her experience. Give me Tennant as the dog.
- Finally, in a featherweight bout, we have Driscoll (11-3) against Paiva (13-7). The 26-year-old American Driscoll is an LFA vet and he rides a six-fight win streak into this bout. If you look closely at his record, his level of competition has been pretty good for the regional scene. As for Paiva, the American is a CES vet and has won his last two fights and has a notable win over current top-15 UFC flyweight Jordan Espinosa. I have heard good things about Paiva despite all of his losses, but I can’t ignore them, and my lean here is for Driscoll to get a finish.