Fans of mixed martial arts are looking forward to this upcoming weekend as UFC Vegas 33 is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 31. As usual, the event will take place at the Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC Vegas 33 will be headlined by a middleweight bout between Uriah Hall and Sean Strickland.
Both fighters are on four-fight winning streaks, so fans should be in for a treat come Saturday. Nevertheless, BetOnline has released odds on the bout, so continue reading to see which middleweight is favored to win.
UFC Vegas 33 Odds: Uriah Hall (17-9-0) vs Sean Strickland (23-3-0)
Odds via BetOnline as of Monday, July 26
- Moneyline: Hall (+180) vs Strickland (-210)
- Total: 3.5 Rounds — Over (-165), Under (+135)
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Can Hall Pull Off the Upset?
A veteran in the octagon, Hall (+180) has been with the UFC since 2013 and has scored his fair share of victories. After a brief losing streak about five or so years ago, he’s won five of his last six fights — including the last four in a row. One of those victories happens to be a win over former middleweight champion and UFC legend Anderson Silva. Regardless of how you look at that or think that an older “Spider” isn’t as tough as his younger self, that was still an impressive victory for Hall.
If Hall is going to win at UFC Vegas 33, it’s likely going to be by knockout. Out of his 17 professional MMA victories, 13 of them have come by KO or TKO. He’s also tied with Silva and Thiago Santos — two men that he’s defeated — for the most middleweight knockouts with eight. That’s not even to mention how Hall averages an impressive 3.34 significant strikes landed per minute on 51% accuracy. At the end of the day, he has the tools to pull off the upset on Saturday. The only thing is that Strickland has never been knocked out in the middleweight division, so it’ll be interesting to see what plan Hall goes with if he’s unable to get the early KO.
Strickland Favored at UFC Vegas 33
Strickland will enter UFC Vegas 33 as the -210 favorite as he tries to extend his winning streak to five bouts. After his first two fights in the UFC, Strickland switched over to the welterweight division, however, he didn’t find much success there. While he scored his fair share of wins, that’s where he took his three losses. Nevertheless, Strickland returned to the middleweight division in October 2020 and hasn’t looked back.
The thing about Strickland is that he can win fights in a variety of ways. Of his 23 career wins, he’s won 10 of those fights by KO/TKO, nine by decision and four by submission. It just seems like whatever his opponent’s weakness is, Strickland goes for it. Hall is pretty good at absorbing strikes (3.54 per minute), so Strickland’s best bet may be to take him to the ground since his mat game is better than the former’s. Hall has yet to be submitted, so this would make for a pretty monumental moment at UFC Vegas 33. Either way, Strickland looks to be in good shape to continue his dominance. A win over a veteran like Hall could certainly catapult him up the middleweight standings and into a title bout down the line.