- Tony Ferguson is a -150 betting favorite at UFC 256, as he faces underdog challenger Charles Oliveira listed at +130.
- Ferguson is looking to bounce back at UFC 256, after losing his last fight to Justin Gaethje.
- Can Charles Oliveira shock the world against Tony Ferguson?
UFC 256 will go down December 12, at the UFC Apex. Headlining the night is Figueiredo vs Moreno for the flyweight title. I see the co-main as the people’s main event – with Ferguson vs Oliveira throwing down! Let’s check out the odds & prediction below.
Tony Ferguson vs Charles Oliveira Odds
The opening UFC 256 odds are favoring Tony Ferguson with an implied win probability of 60% to win this fight. Bet $150 to win $100.
For Charles Oliveira this will be the biggest fight of his UFC career to date. As a +130 underdog, you can bet $100 to net $130.
Prediction for Ferguson vs Oliveira
First off, this fight is going to be fireworks. Both are gamers and finishers. Charles Oliveira has been putting together his game like the best of UFC. Oliveira is on a 7 win fight streak, and is the most-underrated fighter in the lightweight division.
Charles Oliveira has improved a tone in recent years and is a beast anywhere this fight goes. They’re are similarities between both fighters, with the edge going towards Ferguson, being the bigger fighter that hits harder.
In terms of UFC fight stats, Tony has lands 5.08 significant strikes per minute compared to Charles at 3.27. When it comes to takedowns Charles averages 2.61 0.49 per 15 mins for Tony.
Taking a look at the damage Ferguson took against Gaethje, is slightly worrying. Tony has the wrestling background which could play a part in this fight. At 37, age is something is be taken into consideration for a fighter. For Tony though, he’s so conditioned and is a cardio machine – so we don’t see him slowing down just yet.
That all being said, we are picking “El Cucuy”, to pick apart Charles Oliveira and to get his hand raised at UFC 256.
Pick: Tony Ferguson.
Charles Oliveira ready to ‘shock the world’ against Ferguson
In an interview with SuperLutas, Charles Oliveira had this to say:
“Tony is a hard guy to fight. You can be striking and all of a sudden he goes for your legs. You’re trading shots and he throws a spinning elbow. He’s hard to tire out, too. He’s always walking forward and hitting you. That’s my main concern, his volume. A fight is a fight, but I think I’ll do better in the grappling department. Of course I’ll need to stay alert. He has great D’arce chokes, guillotines. He’s a smart, slick guy. I’ll shock the world. I’ll fight like never before. Very focused. Following the game-plan we set up. I want to make it happen.”
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