Here are our top UFC 237 betting tips. The Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil plays host to UFC 237 this weekend with a star-studded line-up penned in. The fight card was in danger of not happening during the negotiation stage after the Ultimate Fighting Championship promotion failed to strike a deal with Athletico Paranaense, but a change of venue saved the show and fight fans are thankful it did.
Watch The Main Event
UK supporters can follow the night live on BT Sport with the action expected to get underway around midnight, although viewers will have to wait until closer to 5.30am GMT for the main event. With armchair fans catered for, we’re delighted to confirm bookmakers have put in their usual good work to ensure sports bettors also have an interest. This promises to be a thrilling card, but it will be made all the more interesting with a bet on the action.
Have your say on the winner of each fight as a single or throw a few together to create a big priced accumulator, something that will hold your attention as we get into the thick of the schedule. If you’re after a super single you can try your luck on the method of victory market. Here you are tasked with calling the winner of the bout as well as how they will achieve the result, knockout, submission or decision. A tougher test, of course, but the prices make it worthwhile.
Follow the Live Action
Our team of fight game experts and sports betting tipsters have trawled through the card and return with our thoughts on a bet worth having to help line your pocket. We’ve studied the line-up and fighter form as well as which bookmakers are offering market best price on the most popular bets. This is vitally important in the race to beat the bookies as you must ensure your stake money is working as hard as possible on your behalf.
The main event is a women’s strawweight battle between Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade and that’s supported by Jared Cannonier v Anderson Silva at middleweight, with many expecting the latter to upstage the headline bout. Elsewhere on the main card and we have Jose Also v Alexander Volkanovski at featherweight, Thiago Alves v Laureneano Staropoli at welterweight and Francisco Trinaldo v Carlos Diego Ferreira from the lightweight category.
You can follow the best of those fights on BT Sport and lovers of the sport can track the progress of the Preliminary Card on ESPN. There you’ll get a chance to catch-up on the progress of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Kurt Holobaugh, Irene Aldana and BJ Penn.
Plenty to keep followers involved and you can read our in-depth preview of the main event elsewhere on the MMA section of our site, but it’s the chief support that really caught our eye and we pick through the betting on Cannonier v Silva.
Cannonier Driving Forward
35-year-old American Jared Cannonier has experience fighting in the heavyweight, light heavyweight and middleweight category but it’s the latter that keeps him busy these days. Having joined the fray last year, he finds himself ranked 10th in the world by the UFC. A strong base from which to launch his assault this year and if he can get the better of Silva this weekend that’s exactly what we expect him to do. This is a gateway fight that’ll show us just how big and strong he is at the weight and if he has a future fighting for middleweight titles.
The Killa Gorilla fights out of Phoenix, Arizona and brings a professional record of 11 wins from 15 starts. Of those victories no less than six have come by way of knockout, with three by submission and a couple of decision wins on his record. He has lost four times so far and those negatives are spread evenly between knockout and decision. He’s a genuine all-rounder and a fighter who seems comfortable with all aspects of the game, but he can be hit and his CV proves he can be stopped, something that will make Silva sit up and take note during his preparations.
Cannonier has suffered a mixed bag of results in recent times with his last five outings showing three defeats and a couple of draws, not the kind of form you’d expect from a man who is ready to go on to bigger and better things. He’ll hope settling at middleweight against naturally smaller fighters will see him gain the consistency needed. Jared lost to Jan Blachowicz in Canada December 2017 before going down to Dominick Reyes in Chile last year.
Jolly Steps Up in Grade
He returned to winning ways last time – not a moment too soon to save his career – when getting the better of David Branch on UFC 230 in New York, a win that marked his middleweight debut and one he’ll be hoping will pave the way for many more. This is a step-up in grade from Branch, of course, but bookies have him picked for the win. Traders are Bet365 offer a market best price of 7/10 on Cannonier and that’s sure to appeal to accumulator backers.
If looking for a bigger pay-out you may be interested to learn that three of Jared’s last four bouts have finished inside the distance, all coming by TKO, result of punches on each occasion. That includes the win over Branch last time when stopping his opponent in the second round. Another TKO win for Cannonier is 11/5 at Bet365.
Silva Written Off
Anderson Silva has been written off by the money men, but he will arrive on fight night confident his experience will see him through, as well as the support he always enjoys from the stands. The 44-year-old Brazilian based in California has a professional record showing 34 wins from 44 contests. What also caught our attention when reading the form was his past as a professional boxer and that style is sure to see him go close against an opponent who has already been knocked out.
Like his opponent, Silva has lost three of his last four but it’s also worth noting he has won only won of his last seven, which goes some way to putting us off a bet. Yes, he has the power, style and experience to beat Cannonier, but his form is woeful and it’s obvious his best days are long behind him. Silva’s love of the game seems to be keeping him going at a time many believe he should retire for the good of his legacy.
Never in a Dull Fight
The one win during that drought came over Dereck Brunson on his penultimate start, getting the job done on points in New York on UFC 208. He followed that with a loss to Israel Adesanya last time out, beaten by a unanimous decision on UFC 234 in a fight of the night performance before a Melbourne audience. Silva hasn’t been winning, but he has been involved in some memorable clashes over the last few years and we hope this is another of them.
Bookies are happy enough to stick a line through Silva’s chances of winning this fight and that will come as no surprise to those who like to follow the form. William Hill send out a weighty 6/5 which tells us they respect his chance of winning, as well as his past, but predict he’ll return home empty-handed. The points cheer stands out as a 21/10 poke at Bet365.