A women’s bantamweight title contender match will headline this weekend’s UFC on Fox 23 fight card live from Denver. The event will also feature appearances from Donald Cerrone, Andrei Arlovski and Nate Marquardt. Action is available at Bovada on all 12 fights including the main event between The Ultimate Fighter 18 winner Julianna Pena and Valentina Shevchenko.
Pena and Shevchenko offer similar fighting styles in the UFC on Fox 23 main event. UFC odds at Bovada have Shevchenko handicapped as the slim -135 favorite while action on Pena will pay +105. Shevchenko is 2-0 in the octagon when handicapped as the underdog and 0-2 when handicapped as the favorite. She’s facing a determined opponent in Pena who is undefeated in the octagon over the same amount of fights.
This fight promises to be a grueling battle between two game opponents, but we think that Pena’s strength will be the difference here. In a five rounder we expect Pena to physically dominate her opponent against the fence and on the ground, for what will likely be a decision win.
In the UFC on Fox 23 co-main event MMA fans will have an opportunity to get some inexpensive action on one of the best bets in MMA when Donald Cerrone steps into the octagon to face veteran Jorge Masvidal. Cerrone is undefeated in his last four fights since stepping up to welterweight last year. He will be favored to make it five straight as oddsmakers at Bovada have him handicapped at -160.
That price looks like a bargain to us as we expect Cerrone to maintain distance and chop his opponent down with his kickboxing skills for what should be a second or third round finish. If you like the Masvidal upset option MMA betting odds on him to win are at +130.
Heavyweights will also make an appearance at UFC on Fox 23 when up-and-comer Francis Ngannou climbs further up the contender ladder to face UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski. Action on Ngannou comes with a -400 Bovada price while the Arlovski upset pays UFC odds of +300.