Minty Bets is joined by Kevin Iole to preview UFC 263 in Glendale, Arizona on June 12.
MINTY BETS: New users get a risk-free first bet up to $1,000. Go to betmgm.com/yahoo and sign up today. UFC 263 is right around the corner, and it takes place at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Here with me is Kevin Iole to give us his best bets for the fight.
Kevin, let's begin with the main event, which is a middleweight title bout between the current champion Israel Adesanya, a minus 250 favorite, versus Marvin Vettori, a plus 200 underdog. Now this is the second time they're meeting. What are your thoughts about this one?
KEVIN IOLE: Very interesting fight. You know, Marvin Vettori is probably the hottest middleweight out there. He's really been on a roll, beating a lot of good opponents. Beat up Kevin Holland pretty badly recently. And so now we see him go into a title fight that he's been calling for for a long time.
He probably gave-- until Jan Blachowicz came along and beat him in a light heavyweight title fight, Marvin Vettori probably gave Adesanya the best fight he got in a UFC fight. It was a split decision. Some people thought Vettori deserved the decision. I personally thought Adesanya won that.
So that's a really interesting fight right there, Minty. I like Adesanya. I think he has more room to grow in this fight. His counterstrikes are gonna be on point here. I think he'll be able to deal with the wrestling you see from Marvin Vettori. So I like Israel Adesanya to win a five-round decision here.
MINTY BETS: All right, in the co-main event, we have a flyweight title bout between Deiveson Figueiredo, a minus 250 favorite, versus Brandon Moreno, a plus 200 underdog. Thoughts on this one.
KEVIN IOLE: Well, if you saw their first fight, you're definitely gonna tune into this fight because that was potentially the fight of the year in 2020. Some people had it as fight of the year. Fantastic fight. A lot of scrambles. A lot of great action.
I, this time, like Figueiredo in the fight. Again, when we talk about adjustments to be made, I think Moreno fought about as well as he can possibly fight in that fight. I think there is more to give for Figueiredo. I think Figueiredo gets it done, and I think he gets it done inside the distance this time. I think I'm gonna say Figueiredo by knockout, which is a big thing when you're talking about Brandon Moreno. But I'm gonna say Figueiredo by knockout in this fight, three rounds or less.
MINTY BETS: OK, wow. And now in a five-round welterweight bout, we've got Leon Edwards, a minus 450 favorite, versus Nate Diaz, a plus 340 underdog.
KEVIN IOLE: The return of Nate Diaz always a big story in the UFC. He is one of the more beloved fighters. And doesn't fight often, but when he does, it's always big news. That's why you see the third fight down on the card, and it's still a five-rounder, Minty. Nate Diaz is so popular, people want to see him go as long as possible.
I think this is one of those fights where it's going to go the distance because it's almost impossible to finish Nate Diaz. So my number one play here is it's going to go over in the total, and it's gonna go five full rounds. That being said, I like Leon Edwards to win the fight. I think he's got too much size for Nate Diaz. I like his wrestling ability in this fight too.
So I think Leon Edwards. And if you want to do a parlay, Leon Edwards and the over. That would be a good one.
MINTY BETS: Love it. Thank you so much, Kevin.
KEVIN IOLE: Thanks, Minty.