Unbeaten Murphy Eyes Career Defining UFC Win

Barboza vs Murphy Odds

Lerone Murphy vs Edson Barboza headlines UFC Fight Night on Saturday, where Murphy looks to score the biggest win of his career.

Barboza vs Murphy odds have Murphy at -145, and being the younger fighter, he’s a good chance at moving to 14-0-1.

However, Barboza is all class, and the UFC rankings need to be respected.

Barboza Back to His Best

38-year-old Barboza lost to Bryce Mitchell in 2022, but he bounced back with consecutive wins.

The Brazillian defeated Billy Quarantillo and Sodiq Yusuff in 2023, and there’s nothing wrong with that form against the lesser-experienced Murphy.

Barboza’s UFC schedule has been busy throughout his lengthy career, and he’s still keen on making an impact in the UFC.

“It’s awesome, believe it or not, the fire inside is still the same from the first fight. Time and experience are on my side right now. I believe it’s not easy bringing something new to me right now — this is gonna be my 30th fight in the UFC.” Barboza said.

Unfortunately for the +115 underdog with Barboza vs Murphy odds, older fighters don’t beat younger opponents with a good rate in the UFC.

He needs to turn back time to beat someone like Murphy, but having experience fighting against the best in the division can’t be overlooked.

His results speak for themselves, and we have no doubt Murphy won’t be looking too far ahead when facing Barboza on Saturday.

Murphy Making Up for Lost Time

Murphy hasn’t fought in the UFC since 2022 when beating Joshua Culibao by decision,

Most of his recent wins have come by decision, and due to cancellations, he has been out of the octagon for far too long.

However, the 32-year-old British fighter could make a winning return in Las Vegas, and he has been confidently backed.

Murphy is 5-0-1 since arriving in the UFC, and he should fancy his chances against Barboza, especially with his kickboxing skills.

He should be able to keep his distance, but if he does grapple, he has a solid guillotine. He could use that to his advantage if Barboza wants to close the gap.

“A bigger opportunity has come to me now, and let’s see what happens with this. Time will tell, and I feel like life unfolds in a way where everything is just meant to happen, all the pieces fit together. I’m just enjoying the journey.” Murphy said.

UFC fights today favor fighters like Murphy, so he’s tough to overlook in the main event. He has a prosperous career ahead of him, and although his lack of recent experience isn’t ideal, he is confident.

British MMA is firing on all cylinders, and Barboza could struggle to keep pace with the younger fighter.

Decision Victory Looms for Murphy

Lerone Murphy is good at winning by decision, so there’s no reason to bet against that option.

Barboza vs Murphy odds have Murphy at -145 to win outright, which is a good price, and the total rounds number is 3.5.

The over has been backed into -150, so most bettors believe the fight is likely to go the distance.

Those options are worth including in a same-game parlay, but there is better value with Murphy to win by decision.

Bettors get +185 for Murphy to be ahead on the judges’ scorecards, and based on recent results, that is the likely result.

He’s a fighter on the rise, but we can’t see Barboza getting knocked out. He’s too smart for that, but he’s also slower, so winning rounds could be tough.

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