UFC Fight Night 102 Betting Preview
As we patiently await for more news regarding the UFC’s biggest stars, online UFC betting fans will still have plenty of upcoming events to tune into. Next up on the agenda is UFC Fight Night 102: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov. Obviously Fight Nights aren’t as thrilling as a main event, but they do provide a glimpse at the UFC’s up-and-coming talent. And after all, even McGregor got his start at a Fight Night. Ultimately, Fight Night 102 will provide plenty of thrilling action for MMA fans to make a quick buck on. Let’s take a look at the official fight card as well as the UFC betting lines that MMA sportsbooks are putting together for the UFC’s most imminent event.
MMA Odds – UFC Fight Night 102 – Friday, December 9th
Derrick Lewis 1 ½ (-110) -190 vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov ½ (-110) +165
Francis Ngannou 1½ (-190) -550 vs. Anthony Hamilton 1½ (+165) +425
Corey Anderson 2½ (EV) -400 vs. Sean O’Connell 2½ (-120) +325
Gian Villante 1½ (-120) -180 vs. Saparbek Safarov 1½ (EV) +158
The bout between Derrick Lewis and Shamil Abdurakhimov will be the main event. Lewis will be vying to extend his win streak in the heavyweight division to 5 fights as he faces off against the Russian Shamil Abdurakhimov. Abdurakhimov is currently on a 2 fight win streak and will be coming into this contest as the online UFC betting underdog.
UFC Fight Night 102 will be the UFC’s next event before the letdown that will be UFC 206. 206 was supposed to provide the heavily anticipated rematch between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson but as most online UFC betting fans know by now, Cormier suffered an injury and the UFC had to improvise. In their attempt to save the main card and the anticipation built around 206, the promotional company promoted the Anthony Pettis vs. Max Holloway fight to interim title fight status. In doing so the UFC announced that it had stripped McGregor of his featherweight title. In the following days Dana White publically stated that the Irishman was on board with the UFC’s decision, ultimately that it was McGregor’s decision to abandon the title. However, critics were skeptical because McGregor had been uncharacteristically quiet following the UFC’s announcement. But in the following days McGregor would appear in a Q&A in Belfast to answer his fans’ most pressing questions. What the Irishman had to say shed some light in the current situation facing the dual belt champion.
“I have the boxing license,” McGregor began by answering questions regarding the rumors about a potential boxing match with Mayweather before switching gears and elaborating about his current situation with the two belts. “I’m also in something with the UFC, they’re trying to strip me and I was like ‘Well, I ain’t stripped, I still got that the belt’ That belt still in my home right now so, I’m still the two-weight World Champion, someone has to come take that belt off me. I see articles, I see stuff online, but I don’t see the belt not in my presence. The belt is right there.”
Following those statements the reporter asked directly if he was stripped or if he relinquished the belt. To which McGregor responded by saying that Alvarez is still knocked out and that he KO’d both champions, thus making him the undisputed two-weight world champion. However this ends up unfolding, at the end of the day McGregor is always entertaining the online UFC betting community.