Oct. 19, 2021
UFC Vegas 41 Betting Preview & Predictions
Two 185-pound fighters -- Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori -- both fresh off a loss to Israel Adesanya face each other in a five-round Middleweight main event for UFC Vegas 41, taking place on October 23, 2021.
Marvin Vettori vs Paulo Costa - Middleweight Main Event Predictions
Two of the best 185-pound contenders lock horns this weekend.
Paulo Costa was a force to be reckoned with in the Middleweight division. Prior to his run-in with Israel Adesanya, Costa had a 13-0 record to boast about, with a 93% finish rate.
Costa is a striking fighter with a very brawling style. He usually comes forward with reckless abandon, looking to put his opponents flat on their faces with vicious knockout power.
Due to his high volume and forward pressure, Paulo usually leaves himself in line of fire from his opponents, and as a result, he absorbs quite a bit of strikes despite landing lots of his own.
Costa never engages in grappling exchanges, and has yet to shoot for a takedown in his entire UFC career -- but let’s get back to that later.
Marvin Vettori (17-5-1) is coming off a loss to the division’s champion, Israel Adesanya, like his opponent here.
Vettori is a powerhouse all ‘round and sets up his takedowns with volume strikes on the feet.
Vettori is 7-3-1 in the UFC. His loss to Adesanya snapped a five-fight win streak.
While Costa has more power on the feet, Vettori has everything happening on the mat in his back pocket.
Averaging over two takedowns every three rounds is big for Marvin in this fight, and I predict that will be the x-factor on Saturday.
Now, let’s talk about cardio.
Costa’s last two bouts are especially indicators of his inefficient cardio. Sure, he’s been able to get the better of most of his opponents with volume striking before, but that’s only because his opponents allowed him to stifle them with output. Vettori has never been knocked out, and is very tough to finish.
The first two rounds may be for Costa’s to lose, but once we get into the championship rounds Vettori can start working his takedowns to their full effect.
All in all, well-roundedness is Vettori’s biggest advantage here, and I predict it will hand him the win this weekend.
Paulo Costa will be looking to rebound on Saturday after getting humbled by UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. (AP)
Vettori-Costa tale of the tape
Grant Dawson vs Ricky Glenn - Lightweight Co-Main Event Predictions
Grant Dawson is a hyped young prospect in the 155-pound division. He is 5-0 in the UFC, 6-0 if you include his win on DWCS.
Dawson has closed at average odds of -194 in his last six outings. He is unbeaten in the UFC.
On the ground is where Dawson does his best work. Most of what he does on the feet is to set up his takedowns. That said, he still has great striking to fall back on and is very well-rounded in that regard.
Ricky Glenn is a tall lanky striker fighting in the lightweight and featherweight divisions. Glenn had some good outings early on in the UFC, picking up two wins in his first three outings, including a dominant victory over Gavin Tucker, another prospect at the time.
Since then, consistency has been lacking from Glenn, and he has only picked up two wins in his last four outings. Most recently we saw him knock out Joaquim Silva in the first round, so Glenn has some wind in his sails coming into this weekend’s bout.
Much like the main event, we have a striker versus grappler matchup in the co-main. Glenn has a slight height advantage but surrenders two inches in reach to the younger Dawson here.
At the end of the day Glenn has been out grappled and lost that way before, meanwhile, Dawson has been known to beat guys like Glenn before throughout his career.
Dawson, the youngster by five years, has enough striking prowess to stay out of danger on the feet and will look to implement his slick takedowns as soon as possible. Glenn won’t have an answer for it.
Dawson-Glenn tale of the tape
UFV Vegas 41 Best Bets
Marvin Vettori ML -150
Grant Dawson ML -350