Alistair Overeem +155
If it weren’t for that unfortunate loss against Jairiznho Rozenstruik, who knows what could have happened with Reem’s career. He would face Francis Ngannou in the title-eliminator, and then…. But that is the past, and right now, the Demolition man is on a two-match winning streak, defeating Walt Harris and Augusto Sakai, both via TKO.
.@AlistairOvereem's push for a final title shot continues one week today. If he gets that belt, he'll "retire immediately." 🏆#UFCVegas18 | @MikeBohnMMA's interview: https://t.co/A8EJTGcoWr pic.twitter.com/bJo3rLlga2
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) January 30, 2021
This is a very important fight for the 40-year old, who wants to stay in contention for the title match. If he losses, then be sure that the Dutchman won’t get that chance in the near future. On the other side, if he defeats Volkov, we just might see Reem as the next challenger.
Alexander Volkov -135
Drago comes in as a favorite in this clash, after defeating Walt Harris via TKO, as well. The Russian subsequently posted wins and losses in the past four fights, with failures coming against Derrick Lewis (in the same manner as Overeem lost to Rozenstruik), and Curtis Blaydes. wins were against Greg Hardy and Harris.
Win number 𝟛𝟚 for Drago!
Perfect placement got the win for Alexander Volkov last time at UFC 254 🇷🇺 pic.twitter.com/XhESJgAQzK
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) February 1, 2021
The match against Blaydes saw Volkov helpless on the mat, as he couldn’t compete with the American who scored 14 takedowns in that fight. Just to remind you, Drago has one of the best takedown defense in the organization, but once reaching the ground, he is more less helpless.
Overeem vs. Volkov Pick
Exactly 49 of 66 Overeem’s matches have ended with by knockout. On the other side, 23 of 40 Volkov’s events saw the same ending. And how wouldn’t that happen when these two guys have fantastic striking power and diversified attacking skillset. So the first option here is to bet that the match will end by a KO.
The second suggestion, which is probably more interesting for you, is referring to the winner.
Even though Overeem might be an underdog, according to the bookmakers, he is far more versatile than Volkov. Reem knows to fight on the ground much better than the Russian, and if he reach that position, finishing the rival is almost guaranteed.
After watching the recent matches, Overeem was more confident in his victories than Volkov, whose rivals over the past few years were weaker than the Dutchman’s. The Demolition Man will be Drago’s biggest challenge so far. It is why betting on Overeem’s win is a better choice.