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UFC 251 Fight Island Prelims Betting Preview

UFC star Jiri Prochazka

UFC 251 Fight Island Preliminary Bouts

Latest UFC Betting Odds & Fight Info
When Sunday, July 12 – Prelims from 4am GST, Main card from 6am GST
Where UFC Fight Island – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Watch Live ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass,

While the main card of UFC 251 is getting all of the hype it deserves with three championship fights and the late addition of Jorge Masvidal, the preliminary card looks to have the potential to be highly entertaining a well. Here’s a look at the four fights that will lead into the main card this Saturday night in Abu Dhabi at Fight Island.

Volkan Oezdemir vs Jiří Procházk

Latest Odds & Fight Info
UFC betting odds Volkan Oezdemir -145 at Bovada | Jiří Procházk +125 at Bovada
UFC Weight Division Light Heavyweight

Volkan Oezdemir (17-4-0) has earned 12 of his 17 career wins by way of knockout and Jiri Prochazka (26-3-1) has won all but three of his professional bouts with knockout. It’s tough to predict how Prochazka will perform in his UFC debut against a tough opponent in Oezdemir, but he certainly looked the part of a legitimate light heavyweight contender in his recent championship run with Rizin FF. In what should be a fast and furious fight that could easily go either way, we’ll take the underdog odds on Prochazka.

Jiri Prochazka by KO/TKO

+275 @ Bovada

Muslim Salikhov vs Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Latest Odds & Fight Info
UFC betting odds Muslim Salikhov -140 at Bovada | Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos +120 at Bovada
UFC Weight Division Welterweight

Muslim Salikhov (16-2-0) has bounced back nicely from a loss to Alex Garcia in his UFC debut to earn three straight wins, two of them by way of brutal knockouts over Ricky Rainey and Nordine Taleb. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (22-6-0) is 8-1 over his last nine fights with the one loss coming to Li Jinglang last August in China by knockout. Salikhov’s knack for knockouts over the course of his combat sports career makes him the pick here, but he’ll want to keep this fight standing if he hopes to convert as a small favorite.

Jiri Prochazka by KO/TKO

+163 @ Bovada

Makwan Amirkhani vs Danny Henry

Latest Odds & Fight Info
UFC betting odds Makwan Amirkhani -210 at Bovada | Danny Henry +175 at Bovada
UFC Weight Division Featherweight

Makwan Amirkhani (15-4-0) and Danny Henry (12-3-0) should both be hungry for redemption in this bout as both of them are coming into it off of a loss in their last fight. Henry has struggled with early aggression in recent fights and Amirkhani struggled with endurance in his loss to Shane Burgos, so the first round is going to be extremely key to the outcome of this fight. We’ll go with Amirkhani’s excellent wrestling ability leading to a first-round win, but the longer this fight goes on, the less appealing this pick will be.

Makwan Amirkhani by Submission

+170 @ Bovada

Leonardo Santos vs Roman Bogatov

Latest Odds & Fight Info
UFC betting odds Leonardo Santos -160 at Bovada | Roman Bogatov +140 at Bovada
UFC Weight Division Lightweight

Leonardo Santos (17-3-1) is undefeated with a 6-0-1 record in a UFC career that has spanned out over seven years. Santos will be fighting for just the second time since 2016 when he faces Roman Bogatov (10-0-0), who is making his UFC debut. At 40 years old, it’s tough to know how much Santos has left in the tank at this point in his career. This will be an interesting test for the undefeated Bogatov, but one that we eventually see him failing as it will be tough for him to out-wrestle the veteran jiu-jitsu specialist.

Leonardo Santos by Submission

+260 @ Bovada
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