The UFC Bantamweight Championship is on the line at Fight Island when Petr Yan takes on Jose Aldo at UFC 251 on July 11th from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The Russian Yan is 14-1, 6-0 in the UFC, and has seven stoppages in his career. He’s a striker first, averaging 5.65 punches landed per minute in the octagon, and 1.73 takedowns per 15 minutes. His KO kick of Urijah Faber in November got him the #3 spot in the Bantamweight division, and when Henry Cejudo abandoned the title he got a shot to fight for it.
Aldo has been the champion before, becoming the inaugural UFC featherweight champion in 2010. He defended the belt seven times before being dropped by Conor McGregor in 2015. Since that KO he’s 3-4 in the UFC, though one of the best careers in MMA history with a 28-6 record. Though he lands only 3.47 strikes per minute, his takedown defense of 91% is elite, and his blend of jiu-jitsu and muay thai makes him an elite fighter with plenty of career left at age 33.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo at UFC 251 on July 11th:
Money line odds
Petr Yan: -240, now -250
Jose Aldo: +188, now +200
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