There are plenty of UFC 293 props to enjoy this Saturday, and it could be a knockout bonanza.
In a list of UFC events, it doesn’t get much better than the Sydney showcase.
Date & Time:
Location: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney Olympic Park, Australia
Streaming: ESPN+ PPV
Volkov Looks to Upset
Alex Volkov is favored to beat Tai Tuavasa, and it’s likely to come by knockout if he does.
The 34-year-old Russian fighter is experiencing a career resurgence after notable victories against the formidable opponents Alexander Romanov and Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
As the -250 favorite, he’s expected to win. However, his submission loss to Tom Aspinall last year raised doubts about his aspirations for the heavyweight title.
However, he has since returned to peak form, and his upcoming bout against Tuivasa seems tailor-made for him.
Volkov possesses a significant height advantage over the Australian, so we think he’ll win by knockout.
“I’m almost in my best shape. I’m sharp, I’m feeling really good,” Volkov said. “As a fighter, he (Tuivasa) is dangerous. He has really hard punches. (But) I have much more against him… I’m looking for an early finish in the fight, maybe first or second round.”
Our UFC best bets have him winning by KO, which pays -120.
Pick: Volkov by KO (-120)
Tafa Seeking Career-Defining KO
UFC 293 props are packed with value, including Justin Tafa to knock out former NFL player turned MMA artist Austen Lane.
The Kiwi knockout specialist, Tafa, is on the hunt for his second UFC victory following a convincing win over Parker Porter at UFC 284.
Born in Auckland and later relocating to Australia, the 29-year-old showcased his prowess by dispatching Porter in a mere 56 seconds, a remarkable feat considering Porter’s reputation as a durable fighter.
While he often finds himself as the shorter fighter, his fists are strong, and he won’t be looking for anything else but a knockout.
If he can close the distance against Lane, he should be able to apply enough pressure to win.
Bettors get -200 for Tafa to win outright, but the prop markets are where the value resides. He’s a -155 chance to win by KO, and although it’s still a short price, he’s worth including in selections.
Pick: Tafa by KO (-155)
Ulberg is Coming
We identified New Zealand’s Carlos Ulberg early on and he hasn’t let us down.
The powerful 32-year-old made a late start to his UFC career, but at 9-1 following a knockout of Ihor Potieria, he is someone to be reckoned with.
He is aiming for his fourth consecutive knockout, after sending the likes of Nicolae Negumereanu and Tafon Nchuwi to the canvas.
Next on his list is Da Un Jung, who is 15-4-1, so Jung has more experience than the Kiwi.
However, UFC 293 props have Ulberg at -140 to win by KO, TKO, or submission, and we fancy his chances of getting it done.
We respect Jung, but Ulberg is a beast, and his size advantage should be enough to see him score a win in front of a raucous Sydney crowd.
Pick: Ulberg by KO (-140)