UFC 240: Holloway vs. Edgar Handicapping Tips and Betting Picks
The UFC heads to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada this week for UFC 240 from the Rogers Place.
This fight card is scheduled with 12 bouts, highlighted by the Main Event for the Featherweight Championship as Max Holloway looks to take out Frankie Edgar. In the co-main event, we will see Cyborg taking on Felicia Spencer.
This fight card will be split up between UFC Fight Pass for the Early Prelims, ESPN for the Prelims and ESPN+ for the Pay-Per-View portion of the event.
UFC 240 Fight Card
Main Card (10 PM ET, PPV)
Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
Cris Cyborg vs. Felicia Spencer
Geoff Neal vs. Niko Price
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Arman Tsarukyan
Marc-André Barriault vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Preliminary Card (8 PM ET, ESPN2)
Alexis Davis vs. Viviane Araujo
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Yoshinori Horie
Gavin Tucker vs. Seung Woo Choi
Alexandre Pantoja vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
Preliminary Card (6:30 PM ET, Fight Pass)
Gillian Robertson vs. Sarah Frota
Erik Koch vs. Kyle Stewart
Tanner Boser vs. Giacomo Lemos
UFC 240 Handicapping
The feature fight of UFC 240 from our betting perspective is the welterweight matchup between Geoff Neal and Niko Price. This fight is slated to take place over 3 round at 5 minutes each round. Let's take a look at each fighter.
Geoff Neal enters this fight with a record of 11-2 overall and is 3-0 in the UFC. He will be coming in off a unanimous decision victory over Belal Muhammad in January. Neal is predominantly a striker that keeps coming forward. He has very good striking with 6 of his 11 wins coming by way of KO/TKO.
Neal is 28 years old and trains out at Fortis MMA. He is 5'11 and has a 75″ reach. Neal doesn't do as well against guys that are taller than him, with both of his losses coming against Kevin Holland, who is 4 inches taller than Neal, and Martin Sano, who is listed at 5'11 but looks much larger than that in his film tape.
Niko Price is 29 years old and will stand in around 6'00 tall. He has a 76″ reach and a record of 13-2 overall and 5-2 in the UFC. Price is not a very technical fighter, and he will come in swinging wildly at Neal. The one thing that he could do is put pressure on Neal, which we have never really seen how he will react.
We haven't seen any fighter be able to push Neal back and put pressure on him early and that is exactly what Price will attempt. Much like Neal, Price is a striker but he also has a nice ground game. He has won 9 of his 13 wins by KO/TKO which includes showing real power even from his back, where he KO'd Randy Brown from his back.
I expect Price will apply constant pressure on Neal and this fight will be decided on how Neal can handle moving backwards. Price is a +290 underdog here and I actually like him alot. I think he is just as good of a striker as Neal and think he will find some success early with his jab. Give me Price here for +290!!!