|UFC on ESPN 8: Overeem vs Harris Latest Odds and Fight Info|
|Main Event odds||Overeem $2.20 at BetOnline | Harris $1.67 at BetOnline|
|When||Sunday, May 17 from 11am AEST|
|Where||VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, Florida|
|Watch live||ESPN, UFC Fight Pass, UFC.com|
UFC on ESPN 8 betting preview
All the UFC Fight Night action from Thursday rolls into this Sunday’s UFC on ESPN, which features another dazzling card filled with top-notch fighters. Here, we look at the matchups and best bets for the main card, with odds from our top-ranked UFC betting sites.
Alistair Overeem vs Walt Harris
There is nothing better in the UFC than when two fighters with similar rankings come together, as is the case with this pair.
Alistair Overeem is a nose ahead of Walt Harris in the heavyweight rankings, with the fighters sitting eighth and ninth despite contrasting situations.
Harris is the fresher fighter on the scene having only been involved in 20 bouts, which is nothing compared to Overeem’s 63, while all 13 of the American’s wins have come via knockout.
While the experience of Overeem should not be underestimated, ‘The Big Ticket’ is a serious threat in this division and should overpower his older opponent.
Walt Harris to win by KO/TKO
Claudia Gadelha vs Angela Hill
An ankle injury has held back exciting women’s star Claudia Gadelha, who has not fought since mid-2019.
Angela Hill has been very impressive in her last three fights, winning two by TKO and one via decision to take her career record to 12-7.
When Gadelha is at her best, it is very difficult for her opponents to get started and find rhythm, making her an excellent women’s strawweight competitor.
Although she is lacking a bit of form, we believe Gadelha will put on a show and bring Hill’s winning streak to an end.
Claudia Gadelha to win
Dan Ige vs Edson Barboza
If fights were decided on preparation alone, Edson Barboza would never lose a bout.
The Brazilian has been a model professional throughout his decorated lightweight career, but now he drops to the featherweight division after four losses on the bounce.
Dan Ige is in excellent form and holds a 13-2 record, but he is yet to take a big scalp and needs to prove his worth in this bout.
The pick for us is Barboza considering his last few losses have been to very strong competition, including Justin Gaethje and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Edson Barboza to win
Eryk Anders vs Krzysztof Jotko
Both these fighters have fewer than five career losses, which is impressive when you consider the strength of the middleweight division.
Eryk Anders has less experience and has lost four of his last seven bouts, leaving his record at 13-4.
Krzysztof Jotko has a much healthier record at 21-4 but has not won against any major opponents, meaning this battle will be an interesting one to call.
We like the defensive mindset of Jotko against Anders simply because he takes fewer hits per minute and should win via decision.
Krzysztof Jotko to win by points decision
Song Yadong vs Marlon Vera
Ranked 15th and 14th in the bantamweight division respectively, Song Yadong and Marlon Vera will kickstart the main card.
Yadong has made an impressive start to his career, winning 15 professional fights and only losing four times.
The 22-year-old Chinese fighter is unbeaten in five UFC appearances, the last of which ended in a draw with Cody Stamann.
However, Yadong’s recent performances have been far from convincing, while Vera is coming off five straight wins and looks dangerous heading into this matchup.
Marlon Vera to win