The Livest Dog at UFC 252: Junior dos Santos

The Livest Dog at UFC 252: Junior dos Santos


The Livest Dog at UFC 252: Junior dos Santos



Mar 9, 2019; Wichita, KS, USA; Junior Dos Santos (blue gloves) defeats Derrick Lewis (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at InTrust Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Ross-USA TODAY Sports Images

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Name: Junior dos Santos

Opponent: Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Odds: +133 (bet $100 to win $133)

Rozenstruik has amazing power in his hands and it’s easy to get excited about a fresh face at heavyweight. However, the fact is that he was largely outclassed by Alistair Overeem on the feet for 24 minutes. Until Overeem was careless for one moment, he was able to stick and move and rack up points fairly easily.

There’s really no reason to think that dos Santos can’t follow a similar path to victory here. Both he and Overeem’s record as of late looks very similar and both have been seen as the technical options at heavyweight. Add in the fact that he only has to pick away and avoid the big blow for 15 minutes rather than 25 and the plus-money looks even better.

Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs Junior Dos Santos odds - BestFightOdds

2020 Record: 912
Earnings (based on $100 bet/event): $308
Return on Investment: 15%

2018-19 Record: 31-47 (+1.5%)

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