- UFC 278 odds are live Paulo Costa -380 vs Luke Rockhold +300.
- Can former champion Luke Rockhold make one more championship run?
- We cover the latest UFC 279 Betting pick & prediction for Costa vs Rockhold.
An interesting clash at 185-pounds between Luke Rockhold and Paulo Costa is set for UFC 278. This fight will decide if Luke Rockhold is “officially back” and if he deserves the next title shot. For Costa, it’s also a crossroads fight after losing his last two fights. We review the latest Costa vs Rockhold odds below.
Costa vs Rockhold Odds
The latest odds for Paulo Costa vs Luke Rockhold, are favoring Costa with a 79.1% for defeating Rockhold at UFC 278. Bet $380 on “The Eraser” to net $100 profit. Meanwhile, Rockhold’s underdog status means you can bet $100 to net $300, on the chance of an upset here. Check out these UFC betting sites for the latest UFC lines and odds. Use this exclusive PointsBet promo code, for a massive $2,000 sign-up bonus.
Costa came in 20-pounds heavy in his last fight against Marvin Vettori. This fight will be at 185-pounds, Rockhold is willing to give Costa a 5-pound limit making the limit of 190-pounds.
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Betting on Costa vs Rockhold
At 37 years of age, Luke Rockhold who’s the former UFC & Strikeforce middleweight champion wants to make one more run for the title. It’s been 3-years since we saw Rockhold compete in the UFC, in that time much has changed. Rockhold’s last fight was his light heavyweight debut, where he lost by 2nd round KO to Jan Błachowicz. Then Jan went on to become the light heavyweight champion after this fight.
Athletically Rockhold has incredible tools, his one disadvantage has been his striking defense, which will be certainly tested by the hard-hitting Paulo Costa. There is an air of uncertainty around the durability of Rockhold’s chin. He’s been finished by Vitor Belfort, Michael Bisping, Yoel Romero, and most recently Błachowicz.
Costa on the other hand is coming off a messy scrap against Marvin Vettori. Everything from the weight-in to the fight itself was substandard and while Costa lost, he can gain that momentum back by making weight at UFC 278 and putting on a strong performance against a former champion.
If Rockhold can get into his rhythm early, expect to see him blast his left leg kick high and low at Costa. Looking at the stats for UFC 278, Costa absorbs much more strikes per minute 7.02 compared to 2.43 for Rockhold. “The Eraser” can afford to take some punishment with a solid chin, but soon all those unnecessary shots catch up with you.
Costa will also be at a disadvantage when it comes to Rockhold’s grappling, but Costa’s take defense is solid at 80% which should be enough to keep an aging Rockhold from getting him down. That means Rockhold will have to stand and trade with Costa, who will remain in Rockhold’s face. I see a situation here where a left check hook catches Rockhold and the former middleweight champion losses by TKO
Betting Prediction: Costa by TKO.