UFC 269 Best Bets: Oliveira a Longshot to Retain UFC Lightweight Crown

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UFC 269 Best Bets: Oliveira a Longshot to Retain UFC Lightweight Crown

Charles Oliveira will step into the octagon for the first time as UFC lightweight champion when he takes on Dustin Poirier in the main event at UFC 269 as a lengthy 2.35 underdog at Bodog. Fresh off back-to-back wins over Conor McGregor earlier this year, Poirier makes his second bid for the undisputed UFC lightweight title perched as a steady 1.61 betting favourite. The UFC women’s bantamweight title will also be on the line when the eyes of the MMA shift to T-Mobile Arena on December 11, as Amanda Nunes battles challenger Julianna Pena as heavy 1.11 chalk at Sports Interaction.

CanadianBettingSites takes a look at all the odds and trends ahead of these key UFC 269 matchups. Sports bettors looking to get in on UFC action for the first time can refer to our betting guides to learn all they need to know about UFC betting in Canada.

UFC 269 OddsSports InteractionBodogBetwayBetsafeBet99
Charles Oliveira2.302.352.302.302.36
Dustin Poirier1.631.611.611.651.60
Julianna Pena6.556.256.006.256.66
Amanda Nunes1.111.121.121.131.11

Charles Oliveira (c) vs Dustin Poirier – UFC Lightweight Championship

Career Records
Charles Oliveira: 31-8, one no-contest
Dustin Poirier: 28-6, one no-contest

Charles Oliveira rides a nine-fight win streak into his first defence of the UFC lightweight crown he won ay UFC 262 with a second-round TKO over Michael Chandler. Now sporting a 31-8 pro-MMA record, “Do Bronx” has finished opponents eight times during his current win streak. That run has featured five wins by submission, bringing his career total to 19, including a UFC record 14 tap outs since joining the promotion in 2010.

Despite sporting a lengthy resume, Oliveira enjoys no experience in championship rounds. Indeed, just one of his past 15 fights has lasted into the third round, with his three-round unanimous decision win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 256 marking the only contest to be determined by the judges in 16 octagon appearances since 2014.

Poirier returns to action for the first time since capturing the MMA spotlight with a pair of decisive victories over Conor McGregor earlier this year. “The Diamond” earned his third career Performance of the Night bonus with a second-round TKO win over “The Notorious” at UFC 257 and cemented his position as the top-ranked contender in the lightweight division with his subsequent first-round TKO victory over McGregor at UFC 264.

Overall, Poirier has now posted wins in seven of his past eight outings, with the lone exception being a third-round submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in his previous bid for the UFC lightweight title two years ago at UFC 242. Overall, just three of Poirier’s past 12 outings have finished inside the distance. However, the Louisiana native has seen two of his past five fights go a full five rounds, and could enjoy an edge after enduring considerable media scrutiny during his recent two-fight series with McGregor. Despite Poirier’s recent success and strong backing at the sportsbooks, it is tough to overlook Oliveira’s lucrative odds, considering how his fight game has matured during his climb to the championship ranks.

Best Bet: Oliveira (2.35) at Bodog

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Charles Oliveira

To retain the UFC Lightweight Championship in his upcoming clash with top contender Dustin Poirier at UFC 269.

2.35

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Amanda Nunes (c) vs Julianna Pena – UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship

Career Records
Amanda Nunes: 21-4
Julianna Pena: 10-4

Amanda Nunes will once again be perched as a massive favourite as she gets set to defend her UFC women’s bantamweight title for the first time in almost two years. Nunes’ most recent bantamweight clash came at UFC 249, where she outlasted Germaine de Randamie to earn a unanimous decision win. However, “Lioness” has been far from idle since that win, twice successfully defending the UFC women’s featherweight crown, capped by a speedy opening-round submission win over Megan Anderson as a heavy favourite on the UFC 265 predictions.

The win over Anderson marked Nunes’ seventh first-round finish during a 12-fight win streak that dates back to September 2014. In addition to claiming a pair of championship belts, and defending them on seven occasions, Nunes has also earned performance of the Night bonuses on five occasions during that stretch.

Listed as a heavy 6.55 underdog heading into her date with Nunes, Julianna Pena will be looking to post consecutive wins for the first time in five years. “The Venezuelan Vixen” claimed a third-round submission victory over Sara McMann last time out at UFC 257, lifting her pro-MMA record to 10-4.

However, Pena has wilted in recent dates with top-flight opponents. In addition to suffering a third-round submission loss to de Randamie at UFC Fight Island 4, she was quickly dispatched by Valentina Shevchenko in UFC women’s bantamweight title eliminator action at UFC on Fox 23, losing once again by submission.

The Pick: Nunes wins by KO, TKO, or disqualification (1.66) at Betway