UFC 234 is one of the most anticipated MMA events of the year and there are plenty of storylines to digest heading into Saturday night. The main UFC 234 card begins at 10 p.m. ET in Melbourne, Australia, and Robert Whittaker, who has earned recent big wins over Yoel Romero and Johny Hendricks, was scheduled to put his UFC middleweight title on the line against Kelvin Gastelum. However, Whittaker bowed out of the event on Saturday due to a hernia, canceling the middleweight fight and giving the hometown Aussies one less person to root for.
The new UFC 234 main event is the legendary Anderson Silva returning to the octagon for the first time in two years as an underdog against the undefeated Israel Adesenya (15-0). After early action on Silva, Adesenya is now a -425 favorite (risk $425 to win $100), while Silva is getting +325 (risk $100 to win $325) in the latest Silva vs. Adesenya odds. Before making any UFC 234 picks, be sure to read the top MMA predictions from Kyle Marley, an MMA expert handicapper who has been on a red-hot run.
Marley won the first-ever ‘ToutMaster’ UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and appears regularly on multiple MMA wagering and daily Fantasy shows. Over the past nine months alone, $100 players who have followed Marley’s picks are up almost $18,000. It’s an astonishing cash rate that shows the depth of Marley’s knowledge.
Just two weeks ago, Marley said Henry Cejudo, a +175 underdog, would beat TJ Dillashaw by TKO — and that’s exactly what happened. He’s the same expert who called Amanda Nunes’ stunning upset of Cris Cyborg in UFC 232, and nailed Max Holloway’s TKO of Brian Ortega in UFC 231.
Now, with the fight fast approaching, Marley has studied the UFC 234 card and released his picks for every fight. He’s sharing them only over at SportsLine. We can tell you he’s backing Montana De La Rosa over Nadia Kassem via submission in the Women’s Flyweight as part of his UFC 234 expert picks.
“This is a clear striker vs. grappler matchup and I have to lean with the grappler,” Manley told SportsLine. “I don’t see De La Rosa wanting to stand long at all in this fight, and if she can land just one takedown, the fight could be over. She does have good submissions and her opponent has shown to have questionable takedown defense. I think she gets a submission in the first or second round.”
De La Rosa has won three straight fights via submission, including beating Christina Marks in “The Ultimate Fighter 26” finale. She’s been idle since last July, when she beat Rachael Ostovich via a rear naked choke in the third round.
Marley also has very strong Silva vs. Adesanya picks. He’s only sharing who to back for every bout on the UFC 234 fight card at SportsLine.
Who wins Silva vs. Adesenya? And how exactly does each fight end? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed UFC 234 picks for every match, all from the sizzling expert who’s up nearly $18,000 on MMA in the last nine months alone.