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In the 38 fights that Charles Oliveira has competed in as a professional mixed martial artist, 34 of them have ended under the distance. Oliveira is 30-8 and has 27 finishes to his credit and has been finished seven times.
On Saturday in the main event of the big card at the Toyota Center in Houston, Oliveira will face Michael Chandler for the vacant lightweight title. In Chandler’s 27 professional MMA fights, 20 have been finishes.
Given how evenly they are matched, it seems simpler to bet that the fight won’t go the distance rather than picking a winner — but we are thinking contrarian here because they are so evenly matched. Oliveira, who is on an eight-fight winning streak, is a -140 favorite at BetMGM, while Chandler is +115.
You could make a strong argument for either fighter, but there is nice value in the fight going the distance at +333.
Other bets we like:
Tony Ferguson-Beneil Dariush fight to not go three full rounds at +115.
Edson Barboza at +130 to win over Shane Burgos.
Antonina Shevchenko at -125 over Andrea Lee.
Andre Muniz at +110 to defeat Jacare Souza.
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