Burns vs Thompson betting predictions will certainly surprise any MMA fan. Although Thompson is on a 2-fight win streak, it seems bookies are underestimating Burns. The Brazilian ran through the welterweight division in recent years. However, both fighters are coming into this fight with the goal of taking a step closer to fight for the belt. So, who should you pick when betting on the winner?
Their Goal is that Shiny Belt
Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson have come close to fulfilling their dreams of becoming the world champion. However, they both fell short when fighting for the belt. Thompson had the opportunity to fight twice for the belt against former champion Tyron Woodley in 2016 and 2017. The first fight between the two was a majority draw, while the rematch ended in a decision win for Woodley. On the other hand, Burns has had his shot at the title more recently after losing to current champion Kamaru Usman in February 2021. There is nothing more bitter than losing a title fight after being so close to winning it. Therefore, both fighters go into this fight with hopes of earning another chance to compete for the belt again. So, how does this fight play out? The Burns vs Thompson betting predictions will certainly surprise you.
Burns vs Thompson Betting Predictions Should Surprise You
Going back to December of 2020, Gilbert Burns was the “Dark Horse” of the division. The Brazilian was on a 6-fight win streak, and analysts predicted him to dethrone Usman. On the other hand, Thompson had lost two of his last three fights and it seemed he is on his way out. However, after Burns’ loss to Usman and Thompson picking up a 2-fight win streak, it seems that bookies have fallen victim to the recency bias.
Although Burns lost his last fight, he is still one of the best in the division. On the other hand, Thompson is just on a 2-fight win streak, and he is 38 years old. Regardless, online sportsbook sites in the United States favor the latter in their Burns vs Thompson betting predictions. At 22BET Sportsbook, the odds for Thompson to win are 1.66 while the odds for Burns to defeat him are 2.14. If you are going to gamble on one of them, I would suggest betting on the underdog.