The best and worst bet to make for UFC 289.
The UFC's monthly pay-per-view is right around the corner. On Saturday, June 10, live from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada, UFC 289 not only sees the return of MMA's top promotion to Canada for the first time since 2019 but the return of the G.W.O.A.T.
Amanda Nunes (22-5) will aim to make her second straight defense of her second bantamweight title reign when she faces the surging Irene Aldana (14-6). Although the main event was originally scheduled between Nunes and former champion Julianna Peña in a trilogy bout before Peña waas forced out due to injury, UFC fans are perhaps even more excited by the prospect of this bout with a new contender.
The co-main event promises to be just as exciting when former UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira (33-9) takes on the No. 4 ranked Beneil Dariush (22-4-1) with the winner almost guaranteed a shot at champion Islam Makhachev.
As Vancouver preps for it's first UFC event in four years, here is the best and worst bet you can make on UFC 289.
*All odds are curtesy of DraftKings.com. Head over closer to fight line for potential line changes.
The best bet to make for UFC 289
Dan Ige vs. Nate Landwehr under 2.5 rounds (-115)
In many people's eyes, this could easily be the fight of the night. The No. 13 ranked featherweight Dan Ige (16-6) takes on a man who has quickly become a fan favorite not only due to his highlight reel finishes but his out-of-this world personality.
Nate Landwehr (17-4) is on a three fight win streak in which he has received a performance bonus for each of his wins. It's safe to say that this is the biggest test of his career as a win could see him climb into the rankings but he does have a dangerous opponent in front of him.
Ige was supposed to be at the top of this 145 pound division but struggled to put wins together after his impressive six fight win streak between 2018 to 2020. After a three fight losing skid, he bounced back with a performance of the night KO over Damon Jackson.
With both men eager to prove themselves in the pay-per-view portion of the show, it'd be shocking to see this fight go more than 2.5 round. Considering that the over 2.5 round line is also set at -115, better to play it safe with the under as both men look for a finish, and another bonus.
The worst bet to make at UFC 289
Irene Aldana by KO/TKO (+650)
Considering how dominant Nunes has been throughout her UFC career, it has been quite shocking to hear the amount of doubt surrounding her heading into this fight. Perhaps that is because Aldana, unlike many of Nunes' opponents at 135 pounds, can match her physicality.
Aldana, much like Nunes, is big for the bantamweight division both in terms of height and how much she bigger she looks in the Octagon compared to when she is weighing in. She also possesses the power that very few posses in the bantamweight division, winning over 50% of her fights by KO/TKO.
It does seem that based on how we saw Nunes against Peña the first time around, the G.W.O.A.T. does have the potential to get caught. Couple that with Aldana's power, that +650 line looks more and more tasty with each passing sentence.
Don't do it.
Nunes showed levels in her rematch against Peña and she will come prepared to be in a war against Aldana, however, she easily could take her down and dominate Aldana throughout the 25 minutes. She clearly learned from her aggressive approach against Peña in the first fight and made the necessary adjustments to demolish her in the rematch.
The line and current narratives revolving around Nunes makes the Aldana pick all that more attractive but expect Nunes to either fight too smart for Aldana's sake or take her out like she has done in numerous other encounters.
UFC 289: Amanda Nunes vs. Irene Aldana full card betting odds
Main card - 10 p.m ET / 7 p.m PT - pay-per-view
- UFC women’s bantamweight title: Amanda Nunes (-320) vs. Irene Aldana (+265)
- Charles Oliveira (+120) vs. Beneil Dariush (-140)
- Mike Malott (-205) vs. Adam Fugitt (+175)
- Dan Ige (-255) vs. Nate Landwehr (+215)
- Eryk Anders (+115) vs. Marc-André Barriault (-135)
Prelims - 8 p.m ET / 5 p.m PT - UFC Fight Pass / ESPN+
- Nassourdine Imavov (-150) vs. Chris Curtis (+130)
- Jasmine Jasudavicius (+245) vs. Miranda Maverick (-295)
- Aiemann Zahabi (-105) vs. Aoriqileng (-115)
- Blake Bilder (-240) vs. Kyle Nelson (+200)
Early prelims - 7 p.m ET / 4 p.m PT - UFC Fight Pass / ESPN+
- David Dvorak (-260) vs. Steve Erceg (+220)
- Diana Belbita (-115) vs. Maria Oliveira (-105)
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