Dana White’s Contender Series 13 Opening Odds Reactions

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 13 takes place Tuesday, July 17 at the UFC Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada. The offshore sportsbooks recently released the opening odds for the card, and here they are:

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 13 Opening Odds

Austin Vandeford -140
Angelo Trevino +100

Maycee Barber -300
Jamie Colleen +250

Chibwikem Onyenegecha 
Austin Adams 

Vince Morales -265
Domingo Pilarte +185

Edmen Shahbayzan -165
Antonio Jones +125

And here are my initial thoughts on these opening lines:

– Vandeford (4-0) is making noise because he’s the boyfriend of UFC strawweight Paige VanZant, but he’s a very good prospect himself. He’s won all four of his pro bouts including a notable win over Ben Fodor. Trevino (7-2) is a solid prospect himself, having won four straight fights before joining the UFC, including a win over WSOF veteran Justin Baesman in his last fight. I really like this matchup between two solid welterweight prospects but I think Vandeford is the better athlete and I think he gets his hand raised.

– Barber (4-0) is only 20 and she’s already won four pro fights in LFA including back-to-back finishes in her last two fights. She looks like a really promising strawweight prospect. Colleen (4-1) is coming off of a stoppage win on the first season of the Contender Series. It’s surprising she wasn’t outright signed to the UFC but the matchmakers felt like she needed more work on her overall game. However, she’s 32 and probably doesn’t have that much potential to get better. I just feel like Barber is a really good prospect and she should be able to beat her older opponent here, albeit one with more experience.

– Morales (7-1) enters the Contender Series on a five-fight win streak with all of those wins coming via stoppage. In fact, all of his pro wins have come by either knockout or submission, and he has experience fighting in King of the Cage and Bellator. Pilarte (7-1) is on a four-fight win streak including a win in LFA in his last fight, albeit via split decision. That fight was over a year ago, though, so Pilarte is entering this fight off of a long layoff. I like Morales to get the win here, especially with Pilarte having not fought in so long.

– Shahbayzan (6-0) is only 20 and he’s won all of his pro fights by stoppage since making his pro MMA debut in early 2017. His level of competition has been mediocre, but the results have been very impressive. Jones (7-1) is coming off of four straight wins including notable victories over Roger Narvaez and Artenas Young in his last two outings. Shahbayzan has all the hype and he looks like a really good prospect on paper but his poor level of opposition bothers me. Jones may be 33 years old but he looks to be fighting at a high level right now and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him come through with the upset.

– Finally, there’s an intriguing middleweight bout between Onyenegecha and Adams. Onyenegecha (6-0) has won all six of his pro bouts by knockout including one in LFA his last time out, although his overall level of competition has been poor. Adams (7-0) took this fight on very short notice and he’s a guy who has never finished a fight, as all of his pro wins came by decision. With Adams taking the fight on short notice against a really good striker in Onyenegecha, I have to imagine Onyenegecha will be favored here, though we don’t have a line just yet.

Written by Adam Martin.

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