UFC 254 Picks: Ankalaev vs Cutelaba

This much anticipated matchup is finally happening and I smell a live dog on Saturday

This fight has been cursed, this is the 4th rebooking of a rematch for an original fight that ended controversially. If the MMA gods are kind and we finally get to see this fight it should be a banger and worth a bet.

A rematch with bad blood is always appointment viewing in MMA. Both of these guys are huge and powerful strikers, facing off again after their first fight ended via a controversial stoppage. That first fight was also chaos for as long as it lasted, and this one could be crazy as well. Cutelaba ate a head kick and appeared wobbled but was still firing back at Ankalev when the ref jumped in.

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After watching the replay it looks like the referee jumped the gun and Cutelaba might have actually been playing possum. Cutelaba was furious with the ref and this rematch feels like a “make it right booking”. That’s great news for fight fans. It also might be good news for bettors. I think both guys will be motivated to win in definitive fashion.

Ankalev is still the more technical and well-rounded fighter but Cutelaba has huge power, especially early. I could see him catching Ankalev at the beginning of the fight and for me that makes him a very live dog.

The Pick: Ion Cutelaba by KO (+250 at DraftKings Sportsbook)

Top Prop: Fight to end by KO -165. Both of these guys are big, hit hard and want to correct the narrative on this rematch. I can’t see this one going the distance, especially after rewatching the first fight, (which remains one of the funniest craziest fights you’ll ever see, so give it a watch).

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