Do not miss out on the O’Malley vs Smolka betting predictions and odds after the UFC announced the fight for UFC 264. Both fighters are at a different stage in their careers. O’Malley is still a rising star that has the support of the media. On the other hand, Smolka struggled to adapt to the level of competition the UFC offers and seems to be on his way out. Therefore, they both have different motives to win this fight. So, how will this fight play out?
Will the Sugar Show Continue?
Sean O’Malley is one of the best up-and-coming talents in the UFC bantamweight division. The American mixed martial artist has enjoyed the support of the organization and media to become a superstar. However, after running through the division with an undefeated record of 12 wins and no losses, O’Malley suffered a setback against Marlon Vera. The Ecuadorian stopped the hype train and defeated O’Malley in the first round with a TKO finish. Regardless of this loss, Sean O’Malley bounced back stronger and finished Almeida in the next fight with a technical knockout. Therefore, it seems that he is back on track to continue the sugar show. In fact, Sean is significantly improving with every fight. But, what do the O’Malley vs Smolka betting prediction and odds say?
Smolka Struggling in the UFC
Louis Smolka joined the UFC back in 2014 with an undefeated record of 9 wins and no losses. Unfortunately for him, he has been struggling to find his rhythm. The 29-year-old has lost six of his last nine fights in the UFC. However, Smolka does hold one significant advantage over his opponent, and that his experience. “The Last Samurai” has shared the octagon with some of the best bantamweights including Tim Elliott and former title challenger Brandon Moreno. Therefore, he has faced adversary before and knows exactly how to deal with. On the other hand, O’Malley is still learning, growing, and polishing his game. Although the experience will certainly play a significant role in the fight, the real question is will it define the outcome of the O’Malley vs Smolka betting prediction? Bookies believe that Smolka’s struggles will continue.
O’Malley vs Smolka Betting Prediction
Looking at the skillset that each fighter brings into the octagon, Sean O’Malley is by far the superior striker. His footwork, leg kicks, and boxing skills are just on another level. Therefore, he will be looking for that KO finish throughout the fight. On the other hand, even though Smolka has good striking skills, he will attempt to take the fight to the ground. His best chances of winning would be to wrestle O’Malley to the ground to tire him out. However, O’Malley has dealt with such gameplans before and showed good takedown defense. Therefore, bookies and online sportsbook sites in the United States favor the youngster in their O’Malley vs Smolka betting prediction. For example, at 22BET Sportsbook, the betting odds for the sugar show to continue are 1.225, while the odds for Smolka to win and cause an upset are 3.88.