Here we have the best Curtis Blaydes v Francis Ngannou betting tips. UFC Fight Night 141 goes to the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China on Saturday 24th November with all the action from a well-matched Main Card shown live in the UK on BT Sport.
Curtis Blaydes v Francis Ngannou headlines what promises to be a thrilling evening for followers of mixed martial arts; it seems the Ultimate Fighting Championship promotion look keen to put on a show in what will be their first visit to this part of the world.
The venue will be a sell-out; the big names are on the card; TV stations across the world will be sending out a blow-by-blow account. As a result, bookmakers are doing their bit to help us celebrate the occasion. Punters, armchair fans and lovers of all things that go on inside the octagon can have their say on a number of markets in every contest.
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As well as the top-of-the-bill heavyweight tussle between Curtis Blaydes and Francis Ngannou, the Main Card also brings: us Alistair Overeem v Sergey Pavlovich at heavyweight; Li Jingliang v David Zawada welterweight; Kenan Song v Alex Morono welterweight; Hu Yaozong v Rashad Coulter heavyweight; Wu Yanan v Lauren Mueller women’s flyweight; Weili Zhang v Jessica Aguilar women’s strawweight and Xiaonan Yan v Syuri Kondo women’s strawweight.
Let’s put the poster fight under the microscope…
Predator Hunting Comeback Win
32-year-old Cameroonian Francis Ngannou is ranked number four in the top division by the UFC. However, he has real ambitions to improve on that. He wants to force his way back towards the leading contenders in the division. The Predator fights out of Las Vegas for the MMA Factory team and carries a style that’s a strong mix of boxing, grappling and submission, making him perfect for this style of combat.
It shows too, and he’ll enter the arena on fight night with a professional record reading 11 wins from 14 starts. He’s a genuine all-rounder and that’s reflected in the numbers, with seven of his victories coming by way of knockout and four by submission. The heavy-handed gladiator is an aggressive combatant who relies on his power and pressure fighting; however, he’s also supremely talented defensively and would have no troubles against most at this level if taken the distance.
It is worth noting, however, that each of the three defeats on his card to date have come on the scorecards. He was beaten by Zoumana Cisse in Paris back in 2013 on the 100% Fight series; Stipe Miocic on UFC 220 in January and, most recently, Derrick Lewis before a Las Vegas crowd on UFC 226 in the summer. It should also be known that Ngannou has lost each of his last two and an unwanted hat-trick would all but wreck his long-term ambitions.
Ngannou Must Look to the Future
2018 has been a miserable year for Francis Ngannou so far; however, he must look to the future if he is to have any chance of getting his career back on track. He has won a clutch of honours in the game; this includes knockout of the year 2017 when destroying Overeem and a return to that kind of form will be his main aim.
This year started badly, and he was dominated by Miocic when fighting for the heavyweight title in January; he lost all five rounds and a comfortable decision at the end. He could take nothing from the outing, but there was more pain to come.
Francis hoped to steady the ship against Lewis six months later; however, the contest went down like a lead balloon. Many who watched it preferring to forget they had. A boring night and, again, there were no positives to be taken, no matter how hard the beaten man looked for them.
Betting traders aren’t known for their memory loss and, as you would expect, have been quick to write The Predator off on the back of two stinkers. He’s outsider with every major firm in the fight winner market and Bet365 are confident enough to offer a hefty 15/8 about him recording a first win since December 2017 – KO vs Overeem.
No matter how poor Ngannou has been this season, he certainly hasn’t lost his punch power; clearly, the underdog will set-up to deliver the big attacks again. Fancy his chances? If so, you can back him to win by KO/TKO. That bet means that, as long as Ngannou is in the fight, your bet will be live as he can turnaround a bout in the blink of an eye. Let’s not forget this is heavyweight MMA.
Bookies Have Curtis Blaydes Favourite
Curtis Blaydes joins us from Elevation Fight Team in Chicago and the 27-year-old American carries a number three ranking heading towards the buzzer. He has a background in NJCAA Wrestling and stands with a professional MMA record of 10 wins from a dozen starts, one no contest.
He has one loss by knockout; fans will remember that came against Ngannou in Croatia on a UFC card in 2016. The no contest was the result of a TKO win over Adam Milstead 2017 which was overturned after he tested positive for marijuana.
Since that set-back, Razor has fought four times, won four times. He beat Daniel Omielanczuk in Vegas by decision; Alexey Oleynik NYC 2017 TKO; Mark Hunt Perth 2018 decision and a last time out TKO vs Overeem in Chicago on UFC 225.
Smart Money on Repeat
Will this be a case of repeat or revenge? We’re going for the former, mainly because of the price available, but bookies are firmly with the latter. The Blaydes win is top price 4/9 at Bet365 or you can push the boat out and back him to even the scores with a knockout to level things up.
We certainly wouldn’t put anyone off but, in what promises to be a real 50/50. Ngannou can’t be ignored at a generous price. Take our lead and you can enjoy the fight knowing you have the value in your corner, the underdog’s power always a player in this one. He did it before and, regardless of his poor recent form, you better believe he can do it again.
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