UFC 277 predictions, best bets, odds: Amanda Nunes, Brandon Moreno among the top picks to consider

The UFC arrives in Texas on Saturday, when UFC 277 crashes from American Airlines Center in Dallas. The card is anchored by two title fights, including Amanda Nunes trying to reclaim Julianna Pena’s women’s bantamweight title in the main event of the night.

Pena had a shocking surprise over Nunes when the pair met at UFC 269 in December 2021. That victory ended the most dominant run in women’s MMA history, in which Nunes beat every major name and champion in both the bantamweight and heavyweight divisions. – UFC penalty.

In the co-main event, former flyweight champion Brandon Moreno tries to get his hands on the gold once again as he faces Kai Kara-France for the interim under 125-pound belt. The pair had previously met at UFC 245 with Moreno winning via unanimous decision.

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The 13-fight card is packed with intriguing fights, making it the kind of event that can attract a lot of interest from punters. Fortunately for those looking to invest a little money into the fights, Caesars Sportsbook provides coverage for almost every angle of UFC 277 to get into the action. We are going to give you some options to consider with this card from our favorite moneyline game, prop game and parlay game. Let’s take a look at those choices now.

Best moneyline choice

Don’tale Mayes (-180) vs Hamdy Abdelwahab

There are a lot of things against Abdelwahab coming into the fight. First of all, he’s debuting in the nick of time, replacing Justin Tafa. Initially this did not matter to punters as Abdelwahab opened as a slight favorite at many bookmakers. These lines quickly changed and Mayes switched to a narrow favorite and then to the current line. There is still value here as Mayes, while not elite, is a more battle-tested fighter with 13 fights, four in the Octagon. Abdelwahab has three professional MMA fights and two bare-handed MMA fights, winning four of them in under 35 seconds against low-level competition, including two defeats by the same guy. Abdelwahab has power and a very solid wrestling record, but it’s hard to want to bet on a guy with no significant experience fighting at the last minute against an experienced and dangerous fighter coming from a full training camp.

best choice of prop

Drew Dober vs Rafael Alves under 2.5 rounds (-170)

Dober vs. Alves is an interesting fight in many ways. No less important is that both men are solid finishers, while also being susceptible to being finished. 61% of Dober’s fights didn’t make it to the judges while Alves saw 80% of his fights finished at distance. Dober likely has the advantage overall and with his strong but technical kick, it wouldn’t be unlikely that he would blast Alves early. Alves, for his part, throws everything behind wild haymakers and also very efficient chokers. It’s a recipe for a submission before the fight gets to the final 2:30.

Best parlay choice

Drew Dober (-210) vs Rafael Alves
Brandon Moreno (-210) vs Kai Kara-France
Amanda Nunes (-270) vs Julianna Pena

Total bets (+209)

We’ve already outlined what we believe Dober vs Alves ended in less than 2.5 rounds, but when it comes to the straightforward question of who comes out as the winner, Dober seems like the obvious choice. He is simply too good and is unlikely to fall into the kind of mistakes Alves relies on in his best performances. Kara-France is getting the big fight she deserves when she takes on Moreno for the interim flyweight belt. Unfortunately for Kara-France, Moreno is operating at an extremely high level at this point in his career. He’s 1-1-1 against Deiveson Figueiredo and proved he can fight the best flyweight in the world if he doesn’t have that title himself. Kara-France will need the best performance of her career and Moreno will need to slip up for this fight to go against the odds – and against the way the previous meeting went. Pena had some of the magic Kara-France needs when he defeated Nunes in their first encounter. It’s hard to imagine that everything breaks Pena’s path again this time. Instead, Nunes returning to his dominant self is expectation.

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