UFC 253: Championship Bouts Preview

UFC 253: Championship Bouts Preview

It's not every day that you see two of the most coveted divisions have a title fight on the same night. But UFC 253 will give us a show to remember when both the light heavyweight and the middleweight strap are up for grabs in the return of the octagon at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

The main card starts at 9 ET., and we can't wait for it. But this also raises the question, what does these fights offer us beyond the gold? Betmania Sportsbook is ready for the fight. Find the best UFC betting odds and UFC 253 prop bets.  Register now and receive a big bonus on your deposit to help you win more. Don’t forget Betmania has the best football betting action every week.

Co-Main Event- Dominick Reyes (-294) vs. Jan Blachowicz (+224) - Light Heavyweight Championship

The 205 lbs division has had an owner for the last decade basically -barring some little spells due to indiscipline-, Jon Jones. But now Jones is moving to heavyweight, and the title is vacant.

Reyes was the last contender to face Jones. He lost his undefeated record -he is 12-1 now- in a very controversial decision. Many thought Reyes won.

Dominick has nine finishes in 12 wins, with seven knockouts. He has devastating power, especially in his left hand. Reyes is very polished in his striking, if he connects his left cross, lights may go out in a heartbeat.

Reyes worked his way to the title defeating former challengers and champions, like Ovince Saint Preux, Volkan Oezdemir, and his statement was made after his first-round KO of former middleweight champion Chris Weidman.

On the blue corner, a Polish beast of the name of Jan Blachowicz. Jan knocked out Luke Rockhold with a vicious left hook. Following that, he turned Corey Anderson's contender path upside down with a brutal right hand in the first round.

Reyes and Blachowicz are two powerful punchers, but Blachowicz can get to the ground at a higher level. He has nine wins via submission, so Reyes, the more technical striker, needs to watch out for the takedowns.

Main Event- Israel Adesanya (-175) vs. Paulo Costa (+145) - Middleweight Championship

You don't get any better than this fight. Two absolute beasts, two undefeated fighters, and bad blood between both of them, grab your popcorn, place your bet at Betmania, turn your TV on, and enjoy this brawl.

Israel Adesanya's journey to the title has been a fast one. His debut in the UFC was in 2018, and less than two years he is champion. Adesanya has victories over Derek Brunson, Anderson Silva, and then won the interim championship in 2019's fight of the year vs. Kelvin Gastelum. Then he unified the title with a second-round KO vs. Robert Whittaker, and then defended it against Yoel Romero.

Adesanya is 19-0 and has been convincing in 18 of them. With a deep background in kickboxing, Adesanya has the most efficient and accurate striking in the UFC. Yes, his power is not the most dangerous, but his precision is.

Paulo Costa is the other way around. He has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but he doesn't use it. However, he is vicious, relentless, and absolutely fierce. Costa is flat out scary. He is as powerful as any fighter in the middleweight division.

Costa ran through the division in only five UFC fights. He is 5-0 in the UFC, has 11 KOs in 13 contests. Nine times he hasn't even lasted a round to put his opponents out. As previously said, he doesn't need his Jiu-Jitsu skills.

This will be an absolute brawl with the two fighters on their feet trying to rip each other's head apart. The bad blood between these two is very serious.

Now, the trash talk is a thing of the past. The beef needs to be settled in the cage. Adesanya has the reach advantage, and he is a counter striker, while Costa is a relentless move-forward fighter, so he either gets caught or he gets Adesanya.

Costa is beyond aggressive, while 'Izzy' is the best at timing his punches and tearing his opponents down until he can finish them. One concern over Costa is that he has only gone the distance one time, and it was in a three-round fight.

Championship rounds are an issue, mostly when someone is not known for lasting even two full rounds. Adesanya has had three five-round fights already. He is not afraid to last the whole fight.

This fight can get finished, but in the fourth or fifth round. Costa either rocks Adesanya, or he gets tired, and Adesanya capitalizes on Costa's fatigue.

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