Third-ranked middleweight Jared Cannonier steps into the Octagon for the first time in 10 months when he faces No. 9-ranked Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Gastelum on Saturday. The main UFC fight card is set to begin at 10 p.m. ET from the Apex facility in Las Vegas.
Cannonier is listed as a -155 favorite (risk $155 to win $100) in the latest Cannonier vs. Gastelum odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Gastelum is a +130 underdog (risk $100 to win $130).
A former light heavyweight, Cannonier (13-4) hasn't done battle since suffering a broken arm in a unanimous-decision loss to Robert Whittaker on Oct. 24. Prior to the setback, Cannonier had won three consecutive bouts after dropping down to the middleweight division.
Gastelum (17-7) is looking to turn things around after having lost four of his last five fights. He is coming off a unanimous-decision loss on Apr. 17, also against Whittaker.
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For UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Gastelum, we can tell you Parker is backing Alexandre Pantoja (-175) to beat Brandon Royval (+150) in a battle of ranked flyweights. He's also backing one fighter who "will be the more technical striker!" You ABSOLUTELY need to see his picks before locking in any UFC Fight Night bets of your own.
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