A stylistic contrast will serve as the backdrop of UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland on Saturday as ranked middleweight contenders Uriah Hall and Sean Strickland square off for an opportunity to join title-fight consideration. Their battle closes the curtain on the MMA showcase from the Apex facility in Las Vegas, with the main UFC fight card set for 9 p.m. ET. The No. 11-ranked Strickland is noted for his straightforward style that sometimes neglects defense. Many observers believe the matchup favors the no. 8-ranked Hall, who is hailed for his precision counter-striking and has vowed to make Strickland pay for his defensive lapses.
Strickland is a -210 favorite (risk $210 to win $100), while Hall is a +180 underdog in the latest Hall vs. Strickland odds from William Hill Sportsbook. In the co-main event, Kyung Ho Kang (-140) takes on Rani Yahya (+120) in a battle of bantamweight prospects. Before making any UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland picks, make sure you see the expert MMA predictions from SportsLine analyst Ian Parker.
A former fighter who's been in the industry for 15 years, Parker has managed some of the world's best, including former UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman, Costas Philippou and Gian Villante. Parker trained alongside UFC Hall of Famer Matt Serra. Now, Parker breaks down fights and makes betting picks for the Voice of the UFC, Jon Anik.
The revered MMA analyst continues to build on a massively profitable 2021 campaign for SportsLine members. He managed a 10-1 mark at UFC 264 that netted his followers a profit of nearly $900. He's also posted a record of 19-7 on 2021 Bellator fights to bring his followers another $900 chunk in profit. Anyone who has followed him has seen huge returns.
Now, with UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland in sight, Parker has carefully studied the MMA odds and matchups from every angle and released his expert picks and predictions. A successful parlay of these picks would result in a payout of better than 21-1. You can only see these expert UFC picks at SportsLine.
UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland preview
Parker knows the main event serves essentially as a top-10 eliminator between contenders who are vying for coveted real estate in a loaded division led by champion Israel Adesanya, who reportedly will face top contender and former champion Robert Whittaker in a rematch later this year. Although there is no shortage of qualified contenders lining up behind Whittaker, Saturday's main event winner should have a chance at cracking the top five.
Strickland (22-3), 30, is an under-the-radar prospect who will be making his first main-event appearance. Injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident caused him to miss two years from the sport, but he returned with two impressive victories. His second-round knockout of celebrated prospect Brendan Allen in November of last year earned him a spot in the UFC rankings.
His first top-10 opponent comes in the form of the resilient Hall, the "Ultimate Fighter" alum who has faced a gauntlet of world-class opponents during his eight years with the promotion. Hall's failures against world-class opposition such as Whittaker and former title-contender Paulo Costa seemed likely to send him to the gatekeeper role for the rest of his career.
But the 36-year-old has rebounded with four consecutive victories, the last of which might have been his most memorable. In an April rematch with Weidman, the former champ broke his leg 17 seconds into the first round when Hall checked his leg kick. Hall was awarded a TKO victory. You can only see who to back here.
UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland predictions
We'll reveal one of Parker's UFC Fight night picks here: He is backing Cheyanne Buys (-180) to prevail against Gloria de Paula (+160) in a battle of women's strawweight prospects.
Buys (5-2) came to the UFC as a coveted prospect following impressive outings in promotions like the Legacy Fighting Alliance and Extreme Fighting Championship. The 26-year-old Florida native secured a UFC roster spot with a victory on "Dana White's Contender Series" last August, but she came up short in her UFC debut, losing a lopsided decision to Monsterrat Ruiz in March.
De Paula (5-3) has seen her career path follow a similar trajectory, winning a roster spot on "Contender Series" before falling in her UFC debut. The 26-year-old Brazilian lost a decision in March to Jinh Yu Frey, but she has vowed to bounce back Saturday with a dominant performance and has predicted her clash with Buys will result in Fight of the Night honors.
"Buys will have to use her wrestling in order to get the win. She will be the better wrestler and should have no issue controlling de Paula on the ground," Parker told SportsLine.
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Parker also has strong picks for Hall vs. Strickland and other fights on the UFC Fight Night card. He's also backing one fighter who will have a "huge advantage." Those selections are only available at SportsLine.
Who wins Hall vs. Strickland? And what other picks do you need to see for a parlay with a payout of better than 21-1? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed top picks on UFC Fight Night, all from the ultimate insider who's up nearly $9,500 on MMA picks in the past year, and find out.
UFC Fight Night odds, fight card
Sean Strickland (-210) vs. Uriah Hall (+180)
Cheyanne Buys (-180) vs. Gloria De Paula (+160)
Kyung Ho Kang (-140) vs. Rani Yahya (+120)
Bryan Barberena -260) vs. Jason Witt (+220)
Nicco Montano (-210) vs. Yanan Wu (+180)
Melsik Baghdasaryan (-145) vs. Collin Anglin (+125)
Rafa Garcia (-250) vs. Chris Gruetzemacher (+210)
Kai Kamaka (-120) vs. Danny Chavez (+100)
Ashley Yoder (-140) vs. Jinh Yu Frey (+120)
Ronnie Lawrence (-145) vs. Trevin Jones (+125)
Orion Cosce (-185) vs. Philip Rowe (+165)
Ryan Benoit (-135) vs. Zarrukh Adashev (+115)