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UFC 293 Sleeper Picks

By Jeff Stinger

Things are about to erupt Down Under, as UFC 293: Adesanya vs. Strickland will give the Australian crowd an MMA event to remember. There are a couple of heavyweight underdogs to keep tabs on for one’s fight sports betting action this week, as UFC 293 packs a ton of upset potential in the main card.

Nitrobetting is here to train bettors in the realm of combat sports with in-depth coverage of the latest UFC events. This time, let’s take a closer look at the three best sleeper candidates to win their respective bouts in UFC 293: Adesanya vs. Strickland and their corresponding odds to win the latest premium live MMA event set to take place in Sydney.

Top UFC 293 Sleeper Picks

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Tai Tuivasa vs. Alexander Volkov

With a two-fight losing streak heading into his return to Sydney, it’s easy to peg Tai Tuivasa as the underdog in his next fight against Alexander Volkov. Then again, it was here in Sydney back in 2018 where “Bam Bam” made his UFC debut and also won that maiden bout in the Octagon.

Meanwhile, Volkov’s fortune has been the exact opposite of Tuivasa’s, winning his last two fights via first-round knockouts over Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Alexander Romanov. Although this the the most consistency Volkov has had in quite some time, he could very well fall victim to a motivated Aussie heavyweight across from him this Saturday. Tuivasa won five straight fights since the turn of the decade before his recent slump as he remains a compelling underdog to back, especially with the crowd Down Under cheering him on.

UFC 293 Betting Pick: Tai Tuivasa

Felipe dos Santos vs. Manel Kape

Having taken this next fight on short notice, Felipe do Santos has been given the shorter end of the stick once more. Not only that, but he’ll be facing the 10-best flyweight in contention for Alexandre Pantoja’s title in Manel Kape, who’s on a three-fight win streak and with two of those three victories being first-round knockouts.

Then again, Kape did prepare for a fight against Kai Kara-France before Kara-France had to bow out of the main card due to a concussion. Now comes a more unpredictable and younger fighter in dos Santos, who has nothing to lose given this opportunity to climb up the flyweight ranks immediately. The 22-year-old will be eager to make a huge splashUFC debut a strong one behind his unbeaten run of seven straight wins in professional MMA competition and is yet another worthy underdog worth backing this Saturday.

UFC 293 Betting Pick: Felipe dos Santos

Austen Lane vs. Justin Tafa

A rematch from the UFC on ABC event this past June will take place this weekend, as Austen Lane looks to bounce back from his no-contest affair against Justin Tafa. Lane inadvertently poked Tafa’s eye just 30 seconds into their fight, which resulted in the letdown result due to the former NFL defensive lineman’s actions.

Lane won six consecutive matches before that mishap which derailed his official debut in the UFC. he’s held three belts in lesser promotions as well, namely the FFC, CN, and Warfare FC heavyweight titles. And while Tafa is in great form with back-to-back wins under his belt, the “Bad Man” from Brisbane might be the one local fighter who’ll underperform down under, as Tafa is merely 3-3 since his first match in the Octagon in October of 2019.

UFC 293 Betting Pick: Austen Lane

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