Makhachev vs Tsarukyan: Lightweight up-and-comers Islam Makhachev and Arman Tsarukyan will throw down this Saturday (April 20, 2019) from Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
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An impressive 5-1 inside the Octagon and currently riding a four-fight win streak, Makhachev was hoping this card would be his opportunity against a ranked foe. Despite repeatedly calling out big names — including Kevin Lee, who at one point agreed to the fight.
Makhachev is an incredibly credentialed athlete. An International Master of Sports and four-time national champ in combat Sambo, Makhachev’s shares a similarly dominant takedown and top control game to his teammate and current Lightweight kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Makhachev’s approach to combat is simple enough. He’s a strong Lightweight and incredible chain wrestler, so once his hands are clasped around his opponents, they tend to struggle to recreate distance. Tsarukyan is a wrestler as well, but Makhachev is proven against a much higher level of competition.
Wrestlers hate being put on their back perhaps more than anyone else, and Makhachev likely has the ability to trap Tsarukyan on his back. So long as he sticks to the script and plays to his strengths, Makhachev should extend his win streak and hopefully see a ranked opponent next time out.
Aleksei Oleinik and Alistair Overeem are heavyweights who embody the definition of true mixed-martial artists. Their range of skills will be on full display Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night 149 in Russia. The 12-fight UFC Fight Night 149 card takes place at the Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg. The main card is set for 1 p.m. ET.
Oleinik (57-11), the UFC’s No. 9-ranked heavyweight, is known for his lethal chokes and has seen 14 of his last 16 wins come via submission. Overeem (44-17), ranked No. 7, is accomplished in several MMA disciplines and has a K-1 kickboxing championship to his credit. Overeem is a -240 favorite (risk $240 to win $100), while Oleinik is a +190 underdog (risk $100 to win $190) in the latest Overeem vs. Oleinik odds.
In the co-main event, Islam Makhachev takes on Arman Tsarukyan in a middleweight bout. Makhachev is -300 in the latest Makhachev vs. Tsarukyan odds after the line stood at -320 on Saturday. Before locking in any UFC Fight Night 149 picks of your own, be sure to see the predictions from MMA guru Kyle Marley.
Marley won the first-ever “ToutMaster” UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and appears regularly on multiple MMA betting and DFS shows. He watches every single fight for every single UFC card and does extensive research before each event.
Over the past year, $100 bettors who have followed Marley’s picks are up more than $20,000, It’s an astonishing cash rate that shows the depth of Marley’s knowledge.
Just last week for the epic UFC 236 card, Marley told SportsLine members that underdog Dustin Poirier (+185) would win a close decision against Max Holloway (-225) in a bout for the interim lightweight title. That’s exactly what happened, as Poirier took the upper hand in a classic battle between two of the UFC’s top pound-for-pound fighters.