While UFC Fight Night 117 isn’t the biggest or best card of recent times (or even this weekend), it still promises to be an entertaining night of fights featuring some of the best Japanese talent in mixed martial arts.
The last-minute adjustment to the main event means that Ovince Saint Preux enters his fight with Yushin Okami as the largest betting favorite on the card. Meanwhile, preliminary wars between Chan Mi Jeon and Syuri Kondo & Hyun Gyu Lim and Daichi Abe are expected to be closely contested affairs.
UFC Fight Night 117 odds
|Main Card (10pm EST)|
|Ovince St. Preux (-420)||vs||Yushin Okami (+375)|
|Dong Hyun Kim (-355)||vs||Takanori Gomi (+345)|
|Claudia Gadelha (-260)||vs||Jessica Andrade (+240)|
|Gokhan Saki (-170)||vs||Henrique da Silva (+165)|
|Teruto Ishihara (-149)||vs||Rolando Dy (+142)|
|Prelims (7:30pm EST)|
|Alex Morono (-123)||vs||Keita Nakamura (+115)|
|Jussier Formiga (-400)||vs||Yuta Sasaki (+355)|
|Chan Mi Jeon (+101)||vs||Syuri Kondo (-105)|
|Luke Jumeau (-240)||vs||Shinsho Anzai (+225)|
|Hyun Gyu Lim (-110)||vs||Daichi Abe (+105)|
Let’s get started with the three best bets for UFC Fight Night 117:
1 Saint Preux vs Okami to end fast
Betting on Ovince Saint Preux vs Yushin Okami to finish in the first two rounds is shaping up to be one of the most promising bets in recent months.
Ovince Saint Preux is well-known for having a limited gas tank. He doesn't fight with an extreme pace, rather he just has one of those builds that hinders him as the fight progresses. For this reason, Saint Preux is always most dangerous in the early stages of the fight.
When the fight is contested standing, Ovince Saint Preux is capable of landing a knockout blow on Yushin Okami. On the mat, Saint Preux's length helps him secure submissions from awkward angles (his Von Flue choke against Marcos Rogerio de Lima is a great example).
On the other hand, Yushin Okami is a capable fighter across all aspects of mixed martial arts. However, it's the move up to light heavyweight for this short-notice fight with Saint Preux that will cause him significant trouble against the much larger opponent. Most recently, Okami has been competing at welterweight and this fight will represent a two-division jump up in weight class for the Japanese fighter.
Saint Preux's size could cause significant trouble for Yushin Okami in the first few minutes (like the way Mike Perry manhandled Alex Reyes last weekend) and this fight could end very early.
Bet: Total Rounds - Under 2.5
$10 to return $16.70
Read more: Ovince Saint Preux vs Yushin Okami
2 Gadelha or Andrade to find a finish
While many things are uncertain in mixed martial arts previews, one aspect of Claudia Gadelha vs Jessica Andrade is clear as day; these two strawweight's are two of the very best in the world.
In fact, Gadelha and Andrade have been clearing the division of any and all contenders in their way before both fell short to Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Gadelha has won two straight since losing to the division champion and most recently defeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz with a stunning first-round submission. Andrade enters this fight with the fellow-Brazilian after lasting five rounds with Joanna Jedrzejczyk but was outclassed for the majority of the contest.
Both of these fighters have a multitude of ways to finish their opponents and they aren't the type to leave it in the hands of the scorecards. Andrade's enthusiastic style might not play well against Gadelha and her impressive submission skills.
The bookmakers believe that this one will see the end of the third round and as a result, there is plenty of value to be had by betting on it not making the distance.
Bet: Total Rounds - Under 2.5
$10 to return $27
Read more: Claudia Gadelha vs Jessica Andrade
3 Rolando Dy to defeat Teruto Ishihara
Teruto Ishihara vs Rolando Dy will be kicking off the UFC Fight Night 117 main card this weekend. Both Ishihara and Dy are dangerous punchers who possess rare knockout potential in the UFC's featherweight division. Fortunately for the fans, we'll likely see both of these talented strikers stand toe-to-toe for the majority of the contest.
Rolando Dy is the son of famous Philippines boxer, Rolando Navarette, and will bring years of boxing experience with him into the UFC's octagon in Japan. Dy's style is more of a counter-striking nature and he was unable to return fire against Alex Caceres in his debut bout in Singapore due to Caceres' freakishly large attributes for the division.
Ishihara, on the other hand, likes to move forward and look to land a knockout blow. He tried his best to land heavy shots against Artem Lobov and despite finding a home for his devastating punches at one stage of the fight, it came too late as Lobov controlled the majority of the action. Against Gray Maynard, Ishihara struggled to connect with any of his punches as the experienced Maynard controlled the entirety of the fight.
Ishihara may very well be approaching three consecutive losses in the UFC as his power-punching style might not match well against the counter-punching techniques of Rolando Dy this weekend. This fight should really be a pick'em, but the bookmakers have Ishihara as a slight favorite; we'll back the underdog in Rolando Dy.
Bet: Rolando Dy to Win
$10 to return $24
Read more: 3 must-watch fights in Saitama, Japan
And that's a wrap! Best of luck this weekend if you're betting on UFC Fight Night 117!
Let us know your best bet for UFC Fight Night 117 in the comments below!
Want to share your opinion? Why not Write For Us?