UFC 297 Odds, Props & Predictions: Strickland vs Du Plessis Headline Toronto Card

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Top-ranked middleweights will meet in Toronto this weekend in a UFC championship bout. 

New Middleweight Champion Sean Strickland will make his first title defense against Dricus Du Plessis at the Scotiabank Arena on Saturday night.

Here are your UFC 297 odds, props, and predictions.

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UFC 297 Main Event Odds: Strickland vs. Du Plessis

The sportsbooks are in the champ’s corner on Saturday. Strickland is the slight favorite at around . Du Plessis, the underdog, is priced around .

UFC 297 Co-Main Event Odds: Pennington vs. Bueno Silva

The Women’s Bantamweight title is up for grabs on Saturday night! The books think Mayra Bueno Silva will be the one to take it at odds, making Raquel Pennington the underdog at .

UFC 297 Betting Preview: Strickland vs. Du Plessis

A year ago, most wouldn’t have thought that Sean Strickland (28-5 MMA, 15-5 UFC) would be the middleweight champion heading into 2024, but here we are.

The champ had an impressive and dominating performance against Israel Adesanya at UFC 293 back in September to cap off a current three-fight win streak.

The wins over Nassourdine Imavov and Abusupiyan Magomedov came after a devastating knockout loss to former Middleweight Champion and current Light Heavyweight Champion Alex Pereira. He also lost a close decision to Jared Cannonier.

The losses ended Strickland’s previous six-fight win streak that had him moving up the middleweight rankings. 

Strickland also has career wins over Brendan Allen, Jack Hermansson, and Uriah Hall.

Now Strickland takes on Dricus Du Plessis (20-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC). Joining the UFC in late 2020, Du Plessis has wins over Robert Whittaker, Derek Brunson, Darren Till, and Brad Tavares. 

The UFC planned to have Du Plessis fight Adesanya when Izzy still held the belt. The promotion activities were already happening, including having Izzy come into the octagon after Du Plessis’ win over Whittaker. But the deal wasn’t made and Adesanya ended up fighting Strickland and losing.

However, this is an intriguing matchup. Strickland is a point fighter who knows how to keep his distance and frustrate his opponents. Du Plessis is a strong force on the ground and has finished five of his six UFC bouts by KO or TKO.

This could be a great fight that goes multiple rounds or it could be a fight where Strickland gets caught like he did against Pereira and we have a new champion again.

But what’s next for whoever wins on Saturday night? Adesanya getting a chance to win the belt back against Strickland or Du Plessis makes perfect sense and is the most predictable choice. 

UFC 297 Main Event Props

Method of Victory (DraftKings)

  • Strickland by KO/TKO: +200
  • Strickland by submission: +1100
  • Strickland by decision: +275
  • Draw: +5000
  • Du Plessis by KO/TKO: +240
  • Du Plessis by submission: +550
  • Du Plessis by decision: +1000

Total Rounds (BetRivers)

  • Over 1.5 (-278), Under 1.5 (+195)
  • Over 2.5 (-136), Under 2.5 (+102)
  • Over 3.5 (+117), Under 3.5 (-157)
  • Over 4.5 (+170), Under 4.5 (-235)

Will Fight Go The Distance? (FanDuel)

  • Yes: +210
  • No: -290

UFC 297 Event Info

Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada

Date: Saturday, Jan. 20, 2023

Start Time: Main Card at 10 p.m. ET

Where to Watch: ESPN+ PPV

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