Sport UFC 253: Adesanya vs. Costa odds, predictions: MMA insider reveals surprising fight card picks

05:20  23 september  2020
05:20  23 september  2020 Source:   cbssports.com

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UFC 253 fight card , odds Israel Adesanya (c) -160 vs . Paulo Costa +135, middleweight title Dominick Reyes -240 vs . Jan Blachowicz +200, vacant light heavyweight title

The UFC will return to Fight Island in Abu Dhabi for the first time in over two months on Saturday, when a loaded UFC 253 fight card will include some of the biggest names in the sport. Undefeated Israel Adesanya will put his UFC middleweight championship on the line against undefeated Paulo Costa in what should be an intense battle. Adesanya (19-0) won the interim title from Kelvin Gastelum last April and has since unified and defended his belt. Now, he'll face his toughest test yet, with Costa (13-0) showing better-than-expected cardio in his first ever decision win against Yoel Romero last August.

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Adesanya vs Costa Odds Analysis And Prediction . The two will settle their differences in the main event of UFC 253 on September 19. Prior to transitioning to MMA and the UFC , Adesanya was a world-champion kickboxer and that is apparent in his ability to maintain distance and read his

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Adesanya is a -170 favorite (risk $170 to win $100), while Costa is a +150 underdog in the latest Adesanya vs. Costa odds from William Hill. In the co-main event, top-ranked Dominick Reyes (-260) faces Jan Blachowicz, who is getting +220 in the UFC 253 odds, for the vacant light heavyweight title. Before making any UFC 253 picks, make sure you see what SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley has to say, considering the epic run he's on.

Marley won the first-ever "ToutMaster" UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and appears regularly on multiple MMA betting and daily Fantasy shows. He watches every single fight for every single UFC card and does extensive research before each event.

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In this Sherdog exclusive, Jason Burgos was able to get picks from 20 different fighters and celebrity MMA fans on the UFC 253 headlining title fight between champion Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa . Including picks from Bellator bantamweight champion Juan Archuleta

Over the past 20 months, $100 bettors who have followed Marley's picks are up more almost $20,000. The accomplished MMA analyst has been on a rock-solid run in 2020 as he has connected on 20 of his last 24 main-event selections, a stretch that included a streak of five straight underdogs.

At UFC Fight Night last Saturday, Marley accurately called a decisive victory for Colby Covington (-340) against former champion Tyron Woodley (+280) in the welterweight main event. Anyone who has consistently followed him is way up.

Now, with UFC 253 fast approaching, Marley has carefully studied every matchup on the card, identified the best value in the UFC odds and released his MMA picks for every fight. Those selections are only available at SportsLine.

Adesanya vs. Costa preview

Adesanya (19-0) has become a polarizing figure based on his combination of substance and bravado. In last year's title fight against Whittaker, his entrance included a choreographed dance routine before a packed arena in Whittaker's hometown of Melbourne, Australia. He proceeded to win the title with a second-round stoppage of the former champion.

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The Nigeria-born Adesanya hasn't shied away from his stated goal of facing every top contender the division has to offer. He made good on his word by taking on the dangerous Yoel Romero in March and winning a unanimous decision. The 31-year-old wasted no time in calling out the similarly brash Costa, who sat ringside and readily accepted the fight.

The physically-imposing Brazilian's sculpted physique suggests he could easily compete at heavyweight, but instead he cuts to 185 pounds and harbors perhaps more raw power than the division has ever seen. Costa (13-0) has stopped 11 of his opponents by knockout, and only one of his professional MMA fights has gone to the scorecards.

He went three rounds with Romero last year, unafraid to stand and exchange with an opponent feared for his own devastating knockout power. Costa won a unanimous decision in a wild bout that received Fight of the Year consideration and immediately turned his attention to landing a title fight against Adesanya. You can see Marley's coveted Adesanya vs. Costa picks here.

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Top UFC 253 predictions

We'll share one of Marley's UFC 253 predictions here: He is backing Ketlen Vieira to win as a -170 favorite over Sijara Eubanks (+150) in a women's bantamweight battle. Vieira is coming off a loss in her last fight in December against Irene Aldana, but she's still 10-1 in her career and trying to get back onto a title path as the No. 7 fighter in the division.

Vieira has six wins by stoppage, while Eubanks doesn't have the same kind of power, with just two knockout wins in her career. Vieira's significant advantage on the ground also could be a problem for her opponent.

"Vieira should have a grappling edge and be the better and more dangerous striker," Marley told SportsLine. "Vieira is the pick with a fairly clear decision win."

How to make UFC 253 picks

Marley also has strong picks for Adesanya vs. Costa and every other bout on the UFC 253 card. He is also backing a "dangerous striker" to cruise to a decision win. Those selections are only available here.

Who wins Adesanya vs. Costa? And how exactly does each fight end? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed picks on every fight at UFC 253, all from the incomparable expert who's up almost $20,000 on MMA in the past 20 months and nailed 20 of the last 24 main events, and find out.

UFC 253 odds (via William Hill)

Israel Adesanya (-170) vs. Paulo Costa (+150)

Dominick Reyes (-260) vs. Jan Blachowicz (+220)

Kai Kara-France (-230) vs. Brandon Royval (+195)

Ketlen Vieira (-170) vs. Sijara Eubanks (+150)

Zubaira Tukhugov (-115) vs. Hakeem Dawodu (-105)

Brad Riddell (-320) vs. Alex Da Silva (+260)

Jake Matthews (-700) vs. Diego Sanchez (+500)

Shane Young (-140) vs. L'udovít Klein (+120)

Aleksa Camur (-175) vs. William Knight (+155)

Juan Espino (-300) vs. Jeff Hughes (+250)

Khadis Ibragimov (-175) vs. Danilo Marques (+155)

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