UFC 271 goes live from Houston Saturday night featuring a Middleweight Title Fight between champion Israel Adesanya and challenger Robert Whittaker.
YouWager’s market on all the fights for UFC 271 is live with odds on preliminaries all the way through the main event. Here are the odds on the two key fights to watch this Saturday.
Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Robert Whittaker
Israel Adesanya is favored to retain his Middleweight Championship at -284 on the moneyline. Whittaker, the challenger, is taking +232 odds. The Over/Under on Total Rounds is 4.5 with the Over at -125 and Under at +107.
Adesanya has a significant height advantage of 4 inches, plus a 6.5-inch reach advantage. His last two fights went the distance with him winning one decision and losing the other to Jan Blachowicz last March. He is 21-1 with 15 TKOs.
Whittaker is 24-5 coming off three-straight decision wins. If he can find a way to bring the fight to the ground he would have an experience edge, though Adesanya has not been brought down before.
Derrick Lewis vs. Tai Tuivasa
Knockout artist Derrick Lewis takes on a confident Tai Tuivasa in a heavyweight match that will draw a lot of attention in the heavyweight scene.
Lewis is a -177 favorite and the Total Rounds Over/Under is 1.5 with the over taking +151 odds and the Under, -180. Tuivasa is +152 on the moneyline.
Last time Lewis fought in Houston, he was dominated by Cyril Gane who forced a stoppage in the third round.
He is looking to climb the ranks again after the loss, which landed on the 13th anniversary of his release from prison. Lewis has a slight size and reach advantage over Tuivasa and is more experienced as a wrestler.
Tuivasa has only gone into the second round twice in his last five fights. For Lewis, he finished his last fight against Chris Daukaus in the first round and went past the first round in the four prior fights.