UFC Fight Night Overeem vs Sakai Betting Tips

September 5th 2020, 10:05am, By: Ben Talintyre

UFC Fight Night Betting Tips

Alistair Overeem once again returns to the Octagon as the 40-year-old makes one last run at UFC gold. In what will be his 65th professional MMA fight he meets up and comer Augusto Sakai who has been on a tear since joining the premier MMA organisation, winning three on the bounce. On what is a skinnier card than usual we also see TUF finalist Sijara Eubanks against rising star Karol Rosa and a rebooked co-main Light Heavyweight bout between Ovince Saint Preux and Alonso Menifield. We dive into a few of the fights below with a selection in the main event, a rehashed preview of Saint Preux vs Menifield and an undercard value play.

UFC Fight Night Betting Tips

Alistair Overeem vs Augusto Sakai

I really pondered over this one for quite some time before arriving on Overeem. However, before going into why I am leaning towards Overeem it must be noted that the $1.60 on offer for the fight to end by KO on Beteasy is worth snapping up quick. I would be shocked to see this going 5 rounds, as it would be safe to assume both men will back their striking to stand and trade which will ultimately render the judges scorecards redundant. One of two ways to play this is to back the fight to end via KO. The other that offers more value is Overeem to finish Sakai by KO.

Sakai has never been stopped in his career with his sole loss coming via decision, however, Overeem has the variety and power in his strikes to cause Sakai all sorts of issues when trying to turn this into a dirty boxing fight. Since dropping consecutive fights to Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes, Alistair Overeem has won three of his last four contests all by the way of knockout. Sakai on the other hand is yet to reach the top of the heavyweight division and still looks a year or two off doing so. I believe this will be a step too big too soon for the Brazilian who will face a reality check from the Reem, likely being finished in the second or third round.

Ovince Saint Preux vs Alonzo Menifield

I previewed this fight two weeks back and my view hasn’t changed whatsoever in that time. Both men are as explosive as each other and can get a finish in an instant. OSP would be smart to not hunt the KO and instead look to get it to the ground and aim to get his favourite von flue choke. Menifield fades after round 1 and although someone with the power he possesses can never be written off, if OSP lasts the first round heat Menifield throws at him I fully expect him to put away a tiring Menifield in round 2 or 3. First time around we could get $5.50 by submission but the $4.50 on offer this time still looks overs so will go the same once again.

Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs Alexander Romanov

After missing weight at Light Heavyweight twice back in 2017, de Lima returned to heavyweight with two wins in his last three fights. He is a genuine finishing threat, getting finishes in 15 of his 17 wins. His opponent, Alexander Romanov, holds a perfect 11-0 record as he enters the UFC. He is as strong of a man as I have seen, which is why he has secured wins by forearm chokes as well as a slam victory in his last fight, all very rare occurrences in MMA. This fight could go one of two ways, either de Lima staunches Romanov in the first round and puts him away or Romanov clinches up, throws him to the ground like a grappling dummy and ragdolls him. I am going with the latter, firstly on value at $7 and secondly on the man being pure Romanian steel with very similar submissions to Aleksei Oleinik.


2020 French Open Tennis Preview & Betting Tips

We tipped winning plays in both draws in the US Open and are back at it again with the French Open. Check out our best futures betting tips for the tournament right here! read more

Caulfield Racing Tips: 2020 Underwood Stakes Day

The Group 1 Underwood Stakes headlines the program as we back up from Group 1 racing at the Valley on Friday night! Find Trent Crebbin's preview and betting tips for the day's action here! read more

UFC 253 Preview & Betting Tips

We return to ‘Fight Island’ this weekend in Abu Dhabi for UFC 253 which is full of action fights that is headlined by a clash between two undefeated stars of the Middleweight division. Israel Adesanya attempts to defend his UFC gold for the second time against the Brazilian Paulo Costa and we have you covered with betting tips here read more

NRL Round 20: Saturday Preview & Betting Tips

The final round of the 2020 NRL season continues on Saturday with an interesting triple-header. Matta91 has you covered with a preview and betting tips for all three games, kicking off from 3.00pm with the Bulldogs taking on the Panthers read more


Best Australian Sports Betting Sites

The best Australian sports betting sites ensure safe and successful online betting for punters. Here's our list of the best betting options in Australia. read more

Performance Ratings & Pricing with Julian Vallance with Sportsbet

Julian Vallance from Sportsbet takes us through some of the key factors which he uses with pricing upcoming horse races such as performance ratings. Check out his video from Sportsbet here. read more

What is Over-Round and How do Sportsbooks Make Money?

Over-Round is an important concept for both punters and sportsbooks. It's how Australian sportsbooks make money! All punters should understand over-round, how to spot it, and how to find better value on the Betfair Exchange. read more

Betfair Commissions and Charges

Ever wondered why you can get such great odds at Betfair in comparison to other online bookmakers? We break down why that is the case and why Betfair isn't just for professional punters here read more


Palmerbet's 40 Days of Value is Here!

The weather’s getting warmer and the horse racing schedule is heating up – that means Spring is here. Palmerbet is doubling down on the best time of the year with ‘40 Days of Value’, spring-loaded with bigger odds, hot tips and other offers to make it a Spring Carnival season to remember for punters. read more

2020 AFL Brownlow Medal Votes Round 18

That's it! The 2020 AFL regular season has come to an end and Brisbane's Lachie Neale has surely done enough to secure the 2020 Brownlow Medal with another brilliant game in Round 18. Let's take a closer look at our Round 18 Brownlow Medal vote predictions! read more

2020 AFL Brownlow Medal Votes Round 17

There's just one more round to go in the 2020 AFL season. Round 17 has completed and the Brownlow votes are locked away. It was a quiet round for those at the top of our Brownlow leaderboard, but there were a couple of stand out performances this weekend. Let's take a closer look at each match with our Round 17 Brownlow vote predictions. read more

2020 Brownlow Medal Predictions & Leaderboard

2020 AFL Brownlow Medal predictions and vote tracker. Our AFL experts offer round-by-round Brownlow votes including a rolling Brownlow leaderboard and tracking for the 2020 AFL season. read more