Mad Bets: UFC 251 Preview

Minty Bets and Kevin Iole preview the card for UFC 251.

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MINTY BETS: UFC 251 is Saturday, July 11 on Fight Island. Finally we will get to see a glimpse of the famous Fight Island. I'm here with Kevin Iole, here to give us his best bets for UFC 251. let's start with the bantamweight title bout between Petr Yan, who -230, and José Aldo, +190. What do you think, Kevin?

KEVIN IOLE: You know, I really like Yan in this fight. José Aldo is the legend. He's a guy that's been around for a long time, was widely considered the greatest featherweight of all time. And when he came down to bantamweight for his first fight with bantamweight, he lost.

But a lot of people-- including myself, Minty-- thought that he beat Marlon Moraes. That's actually how he got this title shot because he performed so well in that eliminator against Marlon Moraes. But I think Yan right now is on a roll. I love his striking.

And I think that he's going to find a way to stop José Aldo, which is really a remarkable thing. Aldo's been around for a long time. I think it's Petr Yan's time. I like Petr Yan [INAUDIBLE].

MINTY BETS: All righty. Next up to the co-main event, which is a rematch from UFC 245. The featherweight title bout between Alexander Volkanovski, -200 favorite, versus Max Holloway, +165. Holloway has defended the title three times before losing it to Volkanovski. Is there a chance for Max here?

KEVIN IOLE: Of course there's a chance for Max. I mean, he's one of the great fighters, not only in the world today, but one of the great champions in UFC history. So, you know, you can't rule him out. And I think the styles make this a really difficult fight.

If you remember their first fight in Las Vegas, Volkanovski really just took Max's legs out from under him. And I think what Volkanovski decided in that fight was Max doesn't punch hard enough to hurt me. Max is more of a volume puncher. He hurts you by an accumulation of punches.

And Volkanovski said, you know what, I'm willing to take those shots early to eliminate his movement. Chopped his legs down. And, at that point, you know, Max was kind of a sitting duck. I think the fight sets up very well for Volkanovski.

MINTY BETS: OK, love it. Lastly, the main event. A welterweight title between Kamaru Usman, -240, and Gilbert Burns, +200. Can you see this one going the distance?

KEVIN IOLE: I sure can. I mean, I think this is gonna be maybe the best fight on the card. I love this fight. Both guys are absolutely red hot. Gilbert Burns is just, right now, the front runner for the Fighter of the Year, given what he's done. And I think if he wins this fight, he will be the Fighter of the Year.

But he-- and they're training partners. That's the other thing. So Kamaru Usman left his camp so that he could get ready on his own and let Gilbert Burns stay in Florida. I think it's a fascinating fight. I like Usman. I think Usman is getting better every time out, and I think he's just a little bit better a level athlete.

I think that wrestling is gonna have a role in it. And I don't think we've seen the best-- as good as Usman has looked in his title win over Tyron Woodley and his first offense against Colby Covington, I don't think we've seen the best of him. I think you're gonna see the best to him against Gilbert Burns.

I look for Kamaru Usman to win that fight.

MINTY BETS: Wow. All righty. We cannot wait to see Fight Island, and we cannot wait to watch UFC 251. Thank you so much, Kevin.

KEVIN IOLE: Great to be with you, Minty. Thank you.

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