- A #1 title eliminator bout is set for UFC 254 between Whittaker and Cannonier.
- In the latest odds, Whittaker is listed at +220 to win by decision. While Cannonier is +150 to win by KO.
- We explain our best bets and predictions for the co-main fight below!
UFC 254 is only days away, with that we take last minute look at the best bets and prediction for the co-main between Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier.
Whittaker vs. Cannonier Odds
According to our best online sportsbooks, Robert Whittaker is the underdog at -105. Meaning you would have to bet $105 to win $100. Cannonier is listed as a -120 favorite, signaling that a bet of $120 would net you $100 if he wins.
The close betting line for Whittaker vs Cannonier, seems to be getting even tighter as fight week is in progress. Originally when the odds were released Whittaker was the slight favorite, however fans have backed Cannonier heavily in the past few weeks. Thus The Killa Gorilla is the new betting favorite.
This fight will be three-rounds, which brings a different dynamic to Whittaker’s game plan. The former champ has the edge with more championship level experience and has faced bigger opponents. However, in an explosive three-rounder, this doesn’t carry as much weight.
After wars with Yoel Romero in 2017 & 2018, Whittaker took some time off to recoup, then returned against Israel Adeysanya only to lose by 2nd round TKO. The former champ admitted that he prefers not being the champ, with the pressure removed Whittaker provided fans a technical battle against Darren Till earlier this year.
In this fight we seen Whittaker return to showing extreme patience and next level fight IQ against another elite striker. Once again fighting behind closed doors removes the added pressure that’s usually there. As Whittaker explains below, this could really improve his performance come fight night.
Jared Cannonier has made a huge statement since moving to middleweight. He started career at heavyweight, dropped to light heavyweight and is now 3-0 at middleweight. He is aiming for greatness at UFC 254 and we are fully on board for the takeover. Cannonier has monstrous leg kicks to match Whittaker, we expect Whittaker to clip Whittaker mid-fight which could really flip the scales competitively.
According to UFC stats for this fight, with strikes landed per minute, Whittaker leads with 4.71 versus Cannonier at 3.72. The busier fighter Whittaker, also absorbs more strikes per minute than his counterpart. Cannonier is also the more accurate striker at 51%, compared to Whittaker at 40%.
Let’s be real this is really tough fight to predict. However, we can see all the wars finally catching up with “The Reaper”, and Cannonier just being too explosive out of the gate. For that reason we are picking new favorite, Jared Cannonier to win and challange for the middleweight title next.
Pick: Jared Cannonier
UFC 254 Best Bets
As always there a number of method of victory prop best for this UFC card. With UFC 254 we’ve already covered the main event with best bets for Khabib vs Gaethje. So let’s do the same for the co-main with three of the best bets for Whittaker vs Cannonier.
Cannonier by KO/TKO +150
If you are hot on Cannonier, but want added value for your money. Pick the heavier handed fighter with a KO% of 69. Risk $100 on Cannonier to win by KO/TKO to net $150.
Whittaker by Decision +220
Whittaker has went to the decision against Yoel Romero twice, and he also the same when he faced Darren Till. He is he busier striker as we mentioned above, for that reason this bet shouldn’t be overlooked.
Cannonier to win Round 2 +650
In the three round fight it’s much easier to pick your round. We are giving both fighters a round to download their opponents fight date, then it’s on! For these odds of +650, you can bet $100 to net $650 on Cannonier to win by 2nd round KO.