An anticipated rematch takes place Saturday when welterweight king Kamaru Usman takes on top-ranked contender Colby Covington in the main event of UFC 268. The main card is set for 10 p.m. ET from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Usman is a -290 favorite (risk $290 to win $100), while Covington comes back at +245 (risk $100 to win $245) in the latest Usman vs. Covington odds at Caesars Sportsbook. Before making any UFC 268 picks of your own, make sure you see the MMA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine expert Andrew Gombas.
Gombas is a former NCAA wrestler who taps into his experience on the mat to help understand and dissect the X's and O's of MMA matchups in a manner that sets him apart from other MMA analysts. He started the MMA handicapping service MMA Knockout Bets in 2018 and has shown a profit every year since.
With more than 1,200 selections tracked by the third-party monitoring service Bet MMA, he has shown a 10 percent return on investment for his followers. In 2020, $100 bettors who tailed his picks were up $9,200.
Last week at UFC 267, his winners included calling a victory for underdog Glover Teixeira (+240) against champion Jan Blachowicz (-280) for the light heavyweight title in the main event. Teixeira controlled the action and secured a second-round submission to give his followers a massive plus-money winner! Anyone who has followed Gombas is WAY UP!
Now, he has locked in on Usman vs. Covington 2 and the whole UFC 268 card from every angle and released his top selections. A successful parlay of these picks would result in a payout of better than 8-1!
Usman (19-1) and Covington (16-2) have been rivals ever since both were prospects making their way up through the rankings. They shared plenty of verbal warfare, but never met in the cage until Usman became welterweight champion and made his first defense against Covington in December 2019.
Although something of a methodical chess match was expected between two world-class wrestlers and grapplers, the combatants decided to ignore the ground game in favor of a slugfest. Usman got the best of it late and scored a fifth-round stoppage amid complaints from Covington about an early ending and biased officiating.
Usman has since defended his title three more times and will make his third appearance of 2021 in a rematch against Covington, who has promised a different outcome.
For UFC 268, we can tell you Gombas is backing Frankie Edgar (+145) to upset Marlon Vera (-165) in a battle of veteran bantamweights. He's also backing one fighter "to take over late" and emerge with a dominant victory! You ABSOLUTELY need to see his picks before locking in any UFC 268 bets of your own.
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