STAR PREVIEW Sat: UFC

The UFC returns again this evening for the third time in seven days. With many sports yet to resume, UFC has propelled itself further into the spotlight and the recent shows have not disappointed. It has been a successful week for the world of Mixed Martial Arts and fans around the world are talking about the sport and this card looks to be stacked with entertainment, once again.

At the top of the card, the heavyweights take centre stage as Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris face off. The resume of Overeem speaks for itself; he has been around the UFC for a long time and has produced some outstanding performances along the way but at this stage of his career, he may be vulnerable to a fresher and more ambitious contender.

For Walt Harris, this fight holds so much significance. This will be the first time he has stepped into an octagon since the tragic death of his step daughter late last year. Before his forced break outside of the octagon, ‘The Big Ticket’ had produced two show stopping first round knockouts and he remains a fighter that can end a fight at any moment.

This fight is really interesting to predict. Overeem holds all the experience here and if he was to make that experience count, it would not be a big surprise. Walt Harris has it all to gain and starts as the slight favourite (4/6) but there is no doubting that he will need a career best performance to win.

In the heavyweight division, experience counts for so much and with Overeem the outsider here, it may be worth sticking with the veteran. He is priced up at (6/5) to get the win and to back him as an underdog is tempting.

Acting as chief support, Claudia Gadelha takes on Angela Hill in the women’s strawweight division. Gadelha starts as the short priced favourite (2/5) which has raised a couple of eyebrows. She is a very talented mixed martial artist but with no fight since July 2019, she will need to overcome inactivity to secure the win.

Her opponent, Angela Hill, is the complete opposite. She seems to appear on almost every UFC card that is staged and the back-to-back fights seem to playing into her favour. She is unbeaten in her last three and looks a very dangerous proposition at strawweight. She is priced up at (9/5) and that is definitely a bet to keep on side.

Another fascinating match up is between Dan Ige and Edson Barboza at featherweight. The story of fight week has been focused on just how Barboza has will manage to make the featherweight limit. He was big at lightweight and for him to lose an extra 10lb, it seemed an impossible task.

To his credit, at the weigh in, he made the limit and he looked pretty good doing so. We won’t know until the opening round whether the weight cut has a detrimental effect on him but he will be the bigger man in the octagon this weekend and that could play in his favour.

For Dan Ige, this is an incredible opportunity and the chance to add a big name in the sport to his CV. Ige is comfortable at featherweight and has registered five wins on the spin. His reputation is growing and should he be successful in adding Barboza to his record, he could be on the edge of a big fight later this year.

Barboza starts as the favourite here (8/11) and his reputation probably justifies him that favouritism but it is hard to back due to the not knowing how much the weight cut will have taken out of him. Dan Ige does not have the same sort of reputation, yet. However, he could be getting Barboza at the right time. As the (11/10) outsider and with all the unknown variables, the sensible money looks to be with Dan Ige.

RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
Back Alistair Overeem to win 2 pts @ 6/5 with starsports.bet
Back Angela Hill to win 2pts @ 9/5 with starsports.bet
Back Dan Ige to win 2pts @ 11/10 with starsports.bet


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