UFC Fight Night 233 Odds, Props & Predictions: Dariush vs Tsarukyan Headline ESPN 52 Card

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After taking the holiday weekend off, the UFC is back with a great Fight Night card in Austin. 

Lightweights take the main stage on Saturday night as top-10-ranked Beneil Dariush and Arman Tsarukyan face off.

Here are the UFC Fight Night 233 odds, props, and predictions.

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UFC Fight Night 233 Main Event Odds

The sportsbooks have picked Tsarukyan to be the favorite at around -278 (Best Live Odds: ), making Dariush the underdog at around +225 (Best Live Odds: ).

 

UFC Fight Night Betting Preview: Dariush vs Tsarukyan

Beneil Dariush (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) is looking to prove that he still belongs in title talks. 

Coming off a brutal TKO loss to former champ Charles Oliveira, Dariush is hoping to make a statement against the up-and-comer Arman Tsarukan (20-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC).

Dariush is a UFC veteran at this point and for the longest time, was quietly successful as he gathered win after win. Before his loss to Charlie Olives, Dariush has put together an eight-fight win streak including wins over Tony Ferguson, Mateusz Gamrot, Thiago Moises, and Drew Dober.

His takedown defense and ground game is top-notch in the lightweight division. However, Tsarukyan also has some of the best grappling in the division aside from Champion Islam Makhachev. In fact, after some glorious grappling exchanges with Makhachev, Tsarukyan only lost by decision in his UFC debut.

And Tsarukyan has his eyes set on a rematch with the current champ. His seven wins include the likes of PFL Champ Oliver Aubin-Mercier, Matt Frevola, Joel Alvarez, and Damir Ismagulov.

The matchup should be a showcase of high-level grappling for Texans to enjoy on Saturday. If Dariush wins, he may set himself up for a bout with a bigger name in the division and fellow top fiver. 

If Tsarukyan wins, he more than likely moves into the top five and also gets a crack at a bigger name, which he hasn’t really had yet. It would be much harder for Dustin Poirier or Justin Gaethje to ignore him then.

UFC Fight Night 233 Main Event Props

Method of Victory (DraftKings)

  • Dariush by KO/TKO: +700
  • Dariush by submission: +1100
  • Dariush by decision: +550
  • Draw: +5000
  • Tsarukyan by KO/TKO: +130
  • Tsarukyan by submission: +900
  • Tsarukyan by decision: +200

Total Rounds (BetRivers)

  • Over 1.5 (-360), Under 1.5 (+250)
  • Over 2.5 (-200), Under 2.5 (+145)
  • Over 3.5 (-130), Under 3.5 (-103)
  • Over 4.5 (+106), Under 4.5 (-139)

Will Fight Go The Distance? (FanDuel)

  • Yes: +128
  • No: -166

UFC on ESPN 52 Event Info

  • Location: Moody Center, Austin, TX
  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023
  • Start Time: Main Card at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN and ESPN+
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