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Chris Curtis is 2-0 in the UFC Odds with two impressive finishes against Phil Hawes and Brendan Allen. He is also on a 7-fight win streak in his pro MMA career.
Rodolfo Vieira is coming off a rear-naked choke victory over Dustin Stoltzfus last July.
Curtis vs. Vieira Betting Analysis
Curtis is riding a lot of momentum going into this matchup. He is looking the best he has ever looked and coming off a historic 2021 campaign. He went 6-0 in 2021 in professional MMA, including going 2-0 in the first two fights of his UFC career.
This will be an interesting matchup for Curtis because Vieira is an elite BJJ practitioner who has become an elite MMA fighter. But there is no secret that the Brazilian will be looking to take this fight on the ground and submit Curtis.
Curtis is a very slick kickboxer with a lot of power in all his weapons. He is patient and will wait for his opportunity to land big shots on his opponent. This fight will test his takedown defense and how he can strike with the constant threat of BJJ from Viera.
The former BJJ World Champion, Rodolfo Vieira, is storming the MMA scene. He has some of the best jiu-jitsu in MMA and always chases a finish by submission. In his last bout, he was struggling, and during the third round, he finally got an opportunity to get his hands on his opponent and finished the fight via RNR.
This tenacity and ability to always get a hold of his opponents makes him very dangerous. He can finish the fight at any time, and his opponents must be sharp for all 15 minutes. Curtis will have to be focused on his game plan and expect Vieira to be around for all three rounds.
Vieira’s striking is much more simple than Curtis’. He does a lot of 1-2 combos and covers up. Everything is to set up his grappling. This will obviously give his opponent the advantage in the striking department this weekend.
- Curtis looks to go 3-0 in the UFC.
- Vieira was supposed to fight at UFC 270 but couldn’t compete due to a near career-ending injury from the previous fight. He was medically cleared to fight again.
Curtis vs. Vieira Betting Preview
According to MMA odds, Curtis is the slight favorite in this one at around -140. He will have the advantage in the standup game because he is more powerful, skillful, and a tricky southpaw. This matchup between the two styles is going to be very interesting come fight night.
The key to the fight will be how both of the fighters deal with the other’s game plan. Curtis needs to keep his distance from Vieira, and Vieira needs to not get hurt badly on the feet.
MMA betting is great because of these kinds of fights. Anything can happen, and it takes a lot of time to get a feel for all the different types of matchups in styles.
Looking at MMA betting trends, the odds have become much closer throughout this leadup. Curtis was as big as a -170 favorite when the fight was announced.
This one is a pick ’em at this point because both athletes have the ability to finish the fight at any moment. Going to be an exciting matchup to watch.
Curtis vs. Vieira Betting Prediction
I see this one being a back-and-forth battle. The question mark to Vieira’s conditioning can easily be answered if he had a good camp for this one and is more composed in the octagon. Vieira should be more relaxed in there because he is getting used to being part of the UFC.
Curtis will have to be careful of the kind of strikes he throws against Vieira. His slick side kicks and his Muay Thai knees will need to be done carefully because those can be caught, and then he is automatically in Vieira’s territory, which is very dangerous.
Curtis needs to stay away from Vieira early on when they aren’t sweaty, and grappling will be easier for Vieira. Curtis will hurt him as the fight continues, and I expect him to finish Vieria, just like the UFC odds suggest, in the second or third round in this one.
Final Prediction: Curtis to win -135 (best odds)
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