UFC 253 Betting Picks, Tips and Strategy

by Earl Campbell | September 22, 2020 |

This week, we are heading back across the ocean to Abu Dhabi for UFC 253 from Fight Island! This is one of the most stacked fight cards that we've seen in recent weeks. As it stands, we are slated to have two title fights and several contender fights that could potentially decide who will be fighting in the near future for some titles. We have something for everyone and we will have articles for each one, with free plays from each. Let's not waste a ton of time, let's jump on in and take a look at each event.

When is UFC 253?

UFC 253 will take place on Saturday Evening, September 26, 2020. This card will feature a main event in the Middleweight Division, as Israel Adesanya looks to defend his UFC Title against undefeated Middleweight Paulo Costa. In the co-main event, we will see who will claim the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight crown as Dominic Reyes takes on Jan Blachowicz in a 5-round title fight for the vacant title.

Don't forget, with MMA betting, you must get your wagers in early because various sportsbooks will close off betting for individual bouts at various times. Don't be the guy that has a winning play, but gets shut out because they waited too long!!!

Who is fighting at UFC 253?

Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa – UFC Middleweight Title Fight

Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Blachowicz – UFC Light Heavyweight Title Fight

Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov

Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval

Ketlen Vieira vs. Sijara Eubanks

Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Matthews

Brad Riddell vs. Alex Da Silva

William Knight vs. Aleksa Camur

Jeff Hughes vs. Juan Espino

Khadis Ibragimov vs. Danilo Marques

Shane Young vs. L'udovit Klein

UFC/Bellator Betting Guide

Making money off of MMA fights is a popular money maker in the sports betting world. If you are new to UFC of Bellator betting or are familiar with the process, there are a few things to keep in mind when trying to place the right bets.

Top Five Tips For UFC Betting

Narrowing down a long list to go by can be intimidating. But here we have composed a quick go to checklist to cover the basics and maybe point you in the right direction. These quick five tips are:

Where To Place Bets
Popular Bets
Fighters Resumes
Anything Else

Choosing The Right Betting Site

When you first start making your bets, you want to make sure you have the right betting site. Some betting sites offer incentives for joining or have a better design that is easy to navigate.

This particular part of your journey is to be able to shop around the best one for you. It would also help to find the ones with the best payouts to make sure that your payday is worthwhile with all the hard work you put in to make the right picks.


Understanding how the UFC operates is a great start for betting on the sport. However, it is also important to know how to look at the fights more intelligently versus being a fan.

With this mind, it is important to find value and make the bets with the highest expected value. Everyone is going to have their own strategy, but finding one that works best for you to mitigate risk is definitely worthwhile to put more money in your pocket.

Popular Ways To Bet

The beautiful thing about betting on the UFC is that there is some flexibility in your options. Not only can you bet on who is going to win, but you have options of how the fight will turn out, length of rounds, and even who throws more jabs.

While you do not have to bet on every category, this shows that you do not have to just pick a winner. Some people enjoy the hypothetical scenarios and then it turns out that you can bet on some of them.

Fighters Resumes

If you are beginning to bet on a fight, you may want to keep in mind the type of fighters that are matching up against one another. If you have one fighter that is an excellent submission artist, and the other is not so great at defending takedowns, then you may look to bet on the submission artist.

Do the fighters have a current winning streak? Is one a better striker than the other? With those types of questions in mind, this should put you in a position to find the best fighter in each situation.

Anything Else?

When placing your bets, try to think or research anything else that comes to mind. You may want to check current UFC news on a certain event you are wanting to bet on to see if anything tips in a fighters favor.

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