UFC 274 predictions, odds, best bets: Three top picks to consider for the loaded fight map

UFC 274 is scheduled to be canceled on Saturday and it’s another stacked pay-per-view from the sport’s biggest promotion. The map is spearheaded by two major title fights, including a main event pitting Charles Oliveira against stubborn contender Justin Gaethje.

The fight was originally supposed to be a title defense for Oliveira, but the champion failed to gain weight on Friday and was stripped of his title. Now only Gaethje can win gold in the main event, while Oliveira with a win would become the No. 1 contender for the championship.

Also, World Women’s Strawweight Champion Rose Namajunas is back when she takes on an old rival in Carla Esparza in the co-main event. With so much going on there is sure to be plenty of action on betting windows across the country.

Caesars Sportsbook offers betting opportunities for almost every angle of UFC 274 to help you get in the action. We’re going to give you a few options to consider with this card from our favorite moneyline game, prop game, and parlay game. Let’s take a closer look at these picks now.

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Best Moneyline Choice

Marcos Rogerio de Lima (+125) against Blagoi Ivanov

Heavyweight fights can be a high risk for bets. Aside from the fact that virtually every fighter has stopping power with their punches, you’re dealing with a weight class where gas tanks are unreliable. Still, de Lima vs. Ivanov has a few interesting twists in the breakdown. Ivanov is the leader in the division with the longest average fight time at 17 minutes per competition. All five of his UFC fights have gone the distance, including a five-round bout. Small edges matter when it comes to the likelihood of a close off the table. Ivanov actually absorbs more punches per minute than he lands. Only one loss in de Lima’s career came by decision (September 2011), with five submissions and just one KO. Ivanov has not scored a finish since March 2017 and has not submitted an opponent since June 2015. In a fight where he should be able to avoid the submission pitfalls that have hurt him so many times in his career, de Lima has a very good chance of outplaying Ivanov, reflecting Ivanov’s fall in three of his five UFC fights was.

Moneyline record so far (2022): 1-3

Best prop selection

Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson over 1.5 rounds (-135)

While Ferguson has become a shell of the fighter he once was, his toughness has gone nowhere. That might not be a good thing for Ferguson’s long-term health, but he survived the bombings of Justin Gaethje until a merciful stoppage in the fifth round, cleaning up lopsided decision losses to Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush. Chandler can hit like a truck but it’s very easy to see that this fight looks a lot like Ferguson vs Gaethje. Chandler will land. In fact, he’ll probably land a lot. He might even choose to play with takedowns as Ferguson has been defeated three times in his last two bouts. Still, Ferguson is badass and will likely be able to survive a round and a half of damage while desperately trying to get his career back on track.

Prop pick record to date (2022): 0-3

Best parlay pick

Randy Brown vs. Khaos Williams under 2.5 rounds (-130)
Norma Dumont (-220) vs. Macy Chiasson
Rose Namajunas (-220) vs. Carla Esparza
Game Total (+274)

Brown and Williams land and absorb strikes at a high rate. Add to that both men are solid finishers with the power to end a fight in the blink of an eye. There is a solid under 2.5 turn stat at just -130. Dumont is a solid favorite against Chiasson, and that’s a product of her movement, which likely offsets Chiasson’s need to mess things up to seek victory. The fight will likely be decisive and Dumont should be able to hold his distance and slam Chiasson with enough punches to take clear scorecards, even if Chiasson is eventually able to close the distance and make the fight ugly do. That leaves the strawweight championship match. The 2022 versions of Namajunas and Esparza are no longer the same as they were in 2014 when Esparza defeated Namajunas in The Ultimate Fighter finals. Esparza is on a five-fight win streak, but three of those came by either split or majority decision. She doesn’t dominate her opponents and Namajunas is the ultimate gamer. Namajunas won’t allow Esparza to pull out a win and she has proven she is capable of beating better fighters than Esparza.

Parlay record so far (2022): 1-3

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Justin Scacco

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