Vicente Luque vs Michael Chiesa betting odds are out after the UFC announced the bout for the event on August 7. This is a fight between two of the top six welterweights. Therefore, expect it to be an exciting matchup as both are eyeing that title shot. Early fans’ predictions indicate that 71% believe Luque will pull off a win, while only 29% voted for Chiesa. This is a significant margin as fans predict an easy win for the Brazilian. So, what do the bookies say in their betting odds and predictions?
A Fight for A Possible Title Shot
The winner of this fight will put himself in a good spot for title contention. Vicente Luque is currently #5, while Chiesa is at #6 in the welterweight rankings. Therefore, a win will be a significant step toward that UFC gold. To break into the top 5, Luque has been putting on amazing performances inside the octagon. The Brazilian has won nine out of his last ten fights after losing to “Wonderboy” Thompson via unanimous decision. Additionally, he holds some impressive wins over some of the best in the division such as his latest submission win against former champion Tyron Woodley. Therefore, Luque has caught the attention of the UFC as a possible future title challenger. However, the upcoming task will not be an easy one as the Vicente Luque vs Michael Chiesa betting odds suggest. The #6 Chiesa is getting better every time he steps into the octagon.
Michael Chiesa is Different at Welterweight
In the early part of his career, Michael Chiesa was initially competing at the lightweight division. However, with his big body frame and physique, the American mixed martial artist used to cut a significant amount of weight to make the lightweight mark. In fact, he failed to make weight in his last fight at the division after stepping on the scale with 1.5 pounds above the limit. As a result, he was not able to compete to the best of his abilities.
Therefore, after two consecutive losses against Kevin Lee and Anthony Pettis, Chiesa and his team decided to move up to welterweight. Analyzing the results, this was definitely the correct decision to make. Chiesa is currently on a 4-fight win streak and holds wins against former champion Rafael Dos Anjos and Neil Magny. Such results will certainly boost his chances for a win prediction in the Vicente Luque vs Michael Chiesa betting odds. So, how will this fight play out?
Vicente Luque vs Michael Chiesa Betting Odds and Prediction
Analyzing the skills that each fighter brings into the octagon, it seems that Luque has a slight advantage over his opponent. The Brazilian is a bigger welterweight and has the striking ability to KO any welterweight standing across from him. On the other hand, Chiesa’s last three wins all came by unanimous decision as he likes to wrestle with his opponents and wear down on them. Luque is used to this type of fighting and has previously shown good takedown defense and fights well in the clinch. In fact, he holds two KO victories with strikes and knees in the clinch after stopping a takedown attempt. As a result, online sportsbook sites in the United States placed him as a favorite in their Vicente Luque vs Michael Chiesa betting odds. At 22BET Sportsbook, the odds for the Brazilian to win are 1.58, while Chiesa opens with odds equal to 2.25.