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UFC 243 headed back to Australia on Oct. 5 for what was an explosive main event and tricky for people betting on an easy pick.
The card is headlined by the middleweight title fight between current champ, Robert Whittaker, and current interim champ, Israel Adesanya.
Early UFC 243 betting odds indicate a close fight.
Also on the card is a lightweight bout between Dan Hunter and Al Iaquinta.
Main Event Picks: Whittaker vs. Adesanya
The current UFC 243 odds for Whittaker vs Adesanya are:
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This is, by far one of the best fights of the year. Both guys seem to be at a great stage in their careers and it truly could be anyone’s fight (as the close odds show).
Both men are incredibly talented, and it will be incredible to see how these two match up against one another.
The UFC 243 betting odds appear to be right on, as it seems like either guy’s fight at this point. Both men seem to be near or in the prime of their careers. This always makes the matchup exciting and makes it great to break down.
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Betting on Whittaker
For the current undisputed champ, Whittaker has truly evolved his game into becoming one of the most complete martial artists on the planet today. He offers tremendous striking and hits heavy.
Although his ground game is not known for his wrestling and takedowns, he has tremendous takedown defense, and it truly shined when he fought Yoel Romero on both occasions.
However, the best part about Whittaker has to be his heart and determination, which shines through in practically all of his fights. It is always impressive that each and every time he steps into the cage, you can expect him to bring it his all and not go away in any easy fashion.
Whittaker is one of the pound-for-pound best in the world right now, and for good reason too. Considering just how good he is everywhere, you definitely can’t count him out of any fight at this point.
Betting on Adesanya
For the interim champ, Adesanya is quite an interesting fighter. He is long and tall, making him hard to get to in terms of striking. He has great distance control, and his striking is superb. I am surprised by how hard Adesanya actually hits, but his fights speak for themselves, and he certainly displays it, like with the win over Derek Brunson.
His ground game hasn’t been on display that much in his UFC career. Not to say that it is his kryptonite, but with him going up against Whittaker next, this may be something that the current undisputed champ tries to exploit, but we shall see.
Distance control and unorthodox striking are the best strong suits that Adesanya possesses. He should take advantage of both of these strengths come fight night against Whittaker.
Whittaker vs Adesanya UFC 243 Betting Pick
This fight can truly go either way for both men. It should be a very competitive fight that takes quite some time. Both men have proven they can take a punch and that they are more than capable of battling through adversity.
This fight is won or lost in the grappling department. Adesanya will have success on the feet and land quite frequently, but that won’t keep the pressure of Whittaker away for too long.
We’ll see Whittaker start to land on the inside, and possibly see the wrestling side of Whittaker come out, while he mixes it in well with his strikes. If he is able to get the fight to the mat, then it will be over rather quickly, and it is something that Whittaker may be seeking.
Even if he doesn’t get the takedown, Whittaker will find success in the pocket as well, and not have too much difficulty in closing the distance. In Adesanya’s fight with Kelvin Gastelum, he got tagged, and quite a bit. Of course, KG is an absolute animal, but Whittaker closes the distance just as well as him. So Whittaker should have some success on his feet as well.
Overall, Adesanya is not ripened enough to take on Whittaker, who seems to be in his prime. Yes, Adesanya is a fantastic striker with great footwork and accuracy, but his game is not deep enough just yet, and Bobby Knuckles proves once again why he is the best in the world at 185 pounds.
UFC 243 Betting Pick: Robert Whittaker def. Israel Adesanya via TKO Round 3.
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CoMain Event Picks: Al Iaquinta vs. Dan Hooker
Also on the card, it is a lightweight showdown between Al Iaquinta and Dan Hooker. Iaquinta is coming off a loss of a loss to Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone via decision, while Dan Hooker is coming off a great win over James Vick, where he scored a vicious KO.
The current UFC 243 betting odds out for this fight, show that Iaquinta is a bit of an underdog due to his recent loss.
However, he’s still a UFC vet has built up some solid, credible wins along the way, while Hooker is not quite to that “veteran” status yet.
It’s shaping up to be another close fight without a distinct favorite, at least in the eyes of those setting UFC 243 odds.
Iaquinta v Hooker Odds
*The odds on UFC 243 are subject to change.
Betting on Iaquinta
“Raging” Al may be coming off a loss, but he always brings an exciting pace and fight every time he steps into the cage. Ever since his fight with Khabib people have realized just how elite the guy actually is.
He has great boxing skills and a solid ground game. Overall, he is a solid, complete fighter that can push quite the pace over the course of the fight. This is also something he’ll look to utilize against Hooker in UFC 243.
Betting on Hooker
Hooker is tall and has quite a bit of reach against Iaquinta, which is something he’ll look to expose come fight night. Hooker is always exciting to see and brings explosiveness to all of his strikes, making him, in my opinion, one of the most dangerous up-and-comers in the division.
Hooker possesses elite striking that is hard to mimic in camp and often is quite unpredictable in his movement as well.
Hooker vs Iaquinta Betting Pick
Hooker’s loss to Edson Barboza was a great learning curve for him, and expect to see him continue to improve with each fight. Iaquinta is a great test, and it will certainly be a gritty fight throughout the three rounds.
However, this fight should play out similar to the fashion of the Cerrone vs. Iaquinta fight, with Hooker just being too elusive on the feet. It will certainly be a fantastic war, but in the end, Hooker controlling the fight and earning a hard-fought win.
UFC 243 Betting Pick: Dan Hooker def. Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision.