Two UFC middleweights sit on top of a solid Fight Night card at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas this Saturday night.
Former title challengers Marvin Vettori and Jared Cannonier will compete for a chance to get one step closer to their goals of fighting for the championship once more.
Check out our Vettori vs. Cannonier odds, props, and predictions below.
UFC Fight Night Main Event Odds: Vettori vs. Cannonier
Saturday night’s main event should be a great one. Both of the fighters are highly competitive guys and bettors will have a tough time deciding who to pick on the moneyline.
Currently, sportsbooks have the Italian with a slight edge at -125, making Cannonier the slight underdog at +105.
UFC · Sat (6/17) @ 10:00 pm ET
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UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs. Cannonier Betting Preview
Vettori Wants a Third Crack at Israel Adesanya
You win some and you lose some.
That’s been the story of Marvin Vettori (19-6-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC) for the past couple of years.
After a solid five-fight win streak that included victories over Jack Hermansson and Kevin Holland, Vettori got his first shot at the title and his second shot at Israel Adesanya.
The first time the two met, Adesanya squeaked by with a split-decision win. However, the second time around, Vettori was completely outclassed through five rounds.
Vettori then came back months later to take on another fellow middleweight title challenger in Paulo Costa. In that bout, Vettori looked like he was on another level and he in turn outclassed Costa for five rounds of his own.
His next bout would come against former champion and fellow two-time Adesanya challenger, Robert Whittaker. Whittaker dominated Vettori on the feet, simply outstriking him throughout the rounds.
Yet, Vettori bounced back in his most recent bout against fast-rising prospect Roman Dolidze. Vettori looked like a seasoned vet in the Octagon with a better fight IQ and higher caliber of skills.
With a win against Cannonier on Saturday, what should be next for Vettori?
Whittaker, who has also lost against Adesanya twice, is the current No. 1 contender in the UFC rankings and deserves a third chance against the champ before Vettori does.
Whittaker has already beaten both Vettori and Cannonier convincingly. If Whittaker beats Dricus du Plessis next month at UFC 290, he’s probably facing Adesanya in his native Australia later this summer.
If Vettori and Whittaker both win their next fights, a Vettori vs. du Plessis matchup probably makes the most sense next. If du Plessis wins and gets a title shot of his own, it gets a little trickier for the top-five middleweights to be sorted out.
Cannonier Looks to Climb the Middleweight Mountain Yet Again
Jared Cannonier (16-6 MMA, 9-6 UFC) is looking for a way back to the top as time keeps ticking. The 39-year-old has quite the resume with fights and finishes in three divisions. Besides him, only Conor McGregor has finishes in three UFC weight classes.
Cannonier is coming off a decision win over Sean Strickland. Prior to that, he lost a sleepy decision to Adesanya in a title fight at UFC 276 a year ago.
But he’s not quite finished yet and this bout against Vettori will be the test to see where he is at. Can he still hang with the top dogs of the division or will his role be reduced to fighting younger prospects for the next couple of years? Or, will he simply retire?
Saturday will be the tell.
Cannonier is an impressive and strong fighter. He’s a big middleweight as he used to fight in the heavyweight and light-heavyweight divisions.
His last win was a vicious finish over Derek Brunson at UFC 271, where he smashed Brunson with hellish elbows on the ground.
Cannonier’s resume also includes wins over Kelvin Gastelum, Anderson Silva, David Branch, and Ion Cutelaba.
And he’s fought and lost to top guys like Adesanya, Whittaker, Dominick Reyes, Jan Blachowicz, and Glover Teixeira. All of these names have been champions minus Reyes, who arguably won against Jon Jones in their title fight years ago.
So the road for Cannonier has never been easy and it will continue to be a challenge going forward on Saturday night.
Cannonier will need to rely on true mixed martial arts to get past Vettori. He should utilize his ground game as much as possible because when Vettori is on his game, his striking is pretty fantastic. However, Cannonier has more power and should still look for those openings when Vettori gets sloppy and tired, which has happened in multiple fights.
A tired Vettori plus a Cannonier hook equals lights out and a potential Performance of the Night for Cannonier.
But anything can happen on Saturday night when you place two top guys like this against one another in the Octagon.
UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs. Cannonier Props
Method of Victory (DraftKings)
- Vettori by KO/TKO: +1200
- Vettori by submission: +1000
- Vettori by decision: +110
- Cannonier by KO/TKO: +275
- Cannonier by submission: +2000
- Cannonier by decision: +300
- 4.5 (Over -215, Under +175 at DraftKings)
Alternate Total Rounds (DraftKings)
- Over 0.5 (-20000), Under 0.5 (+1200)
- Over 1.5 (-800), Under 1.5 (+475)
- Over 2.5 (-400), Under 2.5 (+275)
- Over 3.5 (-285), Under 3.5 (+205)
Will Fight Go The Distance? (DraftKings)
- Yes: -200
- No: +150
How Fight Will End
- Submission: +700
- KO/TKO: +215
- Decision: -200
UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs. Cannonier Main Card Odds
Middleweight Bout: Marvin Vettori (-125) vs. Jared Cannonier (+105)
Lightweight Bout: Arman Tsarukyan (-1050) vs. Joaquim Silva (+700)
Middleweight Bout: Armen Petrosyan (+135) vs. Christian Duncan (-155)
Featherweight Bout: Pat Sabatini (-200) vs. Lucas Almeida (+170)
Lightweight Bout: Manuel Torres (-180) vs. Nikolas Motta (+155)
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UFC Fight Night Event Info
Location: UFC Apex, Las Vegas, NV
Date: June 17, 2023
Time: Main Card at 9 p.m. ET, Prelims at 7 p.m. ET
Where to Watch: ESPN