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UFC 286 is this weekend, and it should be a good one. Johnny Covers is here to share his plus money parlay for the UFC 286 main card. Read on to see what his parlay entails.
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UFC 286 Parlay and Picks: Our MMA Expert Give us His Best Parlay for UFC 286

After shocking the combat community with his knockout victory over Kamaru Usman at UFC 278, Leon Edwards will need to show his opponent at UFC 286 at the O2 Arena in London, UK, that his victory wasn't an aberration.

For the second time in their careers, Usman appeared to be winning the fight. That is until Edwards unleashed the high kick that would change history. A fighter isn't considered a legitimate champion, though, until he successfully defends his title, and that is the challenge Edwards will face in this situation.

Elsewhere on the card, Rafael Fiziev and Justin Gaethje will square off in a crucial lightweight contest in what has Fight of the Night written all over it. Let's look at a three-fight parlay I have cooked up or what should be a great UFC 286.

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UFC 286: Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman 3 Best Parlay

Leg 1: Roman Dolidze (+230)

To begin with, I've never been as excited about the Vettori hype train as many people were during his two matches with Izzy. Although he had previously demonstrated some ground domination, it hasn't translated as well as anticipated at this level, with only two victories on the ground in his 11 UFC fights.

Instead, he has relied on his striking and endurance, earning both victories since 2020 via points victories over Paulo Costa and Kevin Holland. I don't anticipate that game plan to be acceptable here since I believe Roman Dolidze to be an under-the-radar middleweight threat. Doldize is a problem, as seen by his three victories in 2022, all of which occurred in the first two rounds and used various strategies.

The knockdowns and heavy hitting are about even going into this fight, but the groundwork is where these two starts to separate themselves. Both represent huge advantages for Dolidze, averaging 2.12 takedowns and submissions per 15 minutes.

Leg 2: Casey O’Neill (-165)

Before O’Neill left with her ACL injury, she was very much on the ascent to challenging for the flyweight strap. There’s a reason this fight got moved to the main card, and it’s likely because the UFC believes she’s very much about to pick up where she left off. 

In her way stands a UFC veteran Jennifer Maia, who, at 34, comes into this fight with a record of just 2-3 since the pandemic began. She deserves some credit for coming in from a win, but I truly believe she is outclassed here by a fighter in O’Neill who has no shortcomings in her game other than this potential ring rust. 

Leg 3: Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman - Over 4.5 Rounds (-185)

If you learned nothing else from the 7.5 rounds, these two have already gone at it against one another; they are very evenly matched. While Usman was a big favorite in the first one, and rightfully so, Edwards competed well early and late, though he would have lost on points if not for the KO.

The key word is points, though, and I expect both fighters to come into this one cautiously, as a loss is devastating for both of their careers, especially Usman. 

UFC 286: Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman 3 Best Parlay @ (+716) Bet $100 to collect $816 DraftKings has the best odds; click here to bet

  • Leg 1: Roman Dolidze (+230)
  • Leg 2: Casey O’Neill (-165)
  • Leg 3: Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman - Over 4.5 Rounds (-185)

Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

When: March 18, 2023,

Time: 5:00 PM EDT / 1:00 PM PST

Where: O2 Arena (ENG), London, England

Where to Watch: ESPN+, PPV

Click here for Edwards vs. Usman odds

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Johnny has been covering the sports betting markets and handicapping games for the better part of the past decade. Along the way, he has written for publications such as All-In Magazine, Blitz Predict, FantasyPros, Betting Pros, Sportsbook Review, and most recently, OddsChecker. In addition to giving out picks on Twitter, Johnny is the host of the podcast The Daily Sports Bet -- a 10 minute or less listen with actionable insights and no fluff or BS. Starting the podcast in June, he closed out 2021 up 26 units with a winning percentage of 55%.

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