UFC Fight Night 155 goes down this Saturday, July 13, in Sacramento.
As always, we’ll share where to find the best odds for the best fights of the weekend before also analyzing the matchup and sharing our betting recommendations.
We’re coming off a perfect weekend of bets at UFC 239, where we backed Jon Jones, Amanda Nunes, and Jorge Masvidal all with confidence.
Read on for our UFC Fight Night 155 betting guide:
Germaine de Randamie vs. Aspen Ladd
It’s the main event that no one really wanted or had anticipated, but it’s one that we’re going to need to deal with this weekend.
Germaine de Randamie
Germaine de Randamie vs. Aspen Ladd is a great fight by all standards, but it isn’t your typical main event bout. De Randamie’s name is forever etched into the history books of the UFC after she became the first-ever champion of the promotion’s women’s featherweight division. She defeated Holly Holm by way of decision to claim the title.
However, de Randamie would never defend that title and was eventually stripped by the UFC after she refused to fight the division’s top contender, Cris Cyborg. Unfortunately for de Randamie, she’s now most-known for being the fighter who “ducked” Cyborg and neglected to fight her. She has since returned to the bantamweight division where she picked up an impressive win against Raquel Pennington. A win here against Ladd throws her into the mix of title contenders at 135-pounds and could see her next in line to face the current two-division champion, Amanda Nunes.
Aspen Ladd is regarded as a fighter who can certainly cause some trouble near the top of the division in the future. At the age of 24, Ladd has already developed into a feared grappler in the bantamweight category and has remained undefeated after eight professional fights.
She enters this fight with de Randamie after an impressive win against Sijara Eubanks in May. The victory moved her to 3-0 in the UFC since swapping across from Invicta FC in 2017.
Germaine de Randamie vs. Aspen Ladd Odds
Germaine de Randamie vs. Aspen Ladd Breakdown
Aspen Ladd has all of the hype and there’s a good reason for it. She’s got excellent grappling ability for the division and has been able to smother opponents in her fights so far.
When she gains top position, she’s almost impossible to shake off and she’ll use the dominant spot to rain down heavy ground and pound. For as long as her career has lasted, she’s had no troubles taking her adversary to the mat and working them over.
Ladd’s also a submission threat on the mat, as well. Through her three fights with the UFC so far, she’s attempted 1.7 submissions per 15 minutes, which is considerably high for any mixed martial artist.
Ultimately, Ladd is a threat when she can close the distance and secure takedowns. Interestingly enough, that’s Germaine de Randamie’s greatest weakness and remains as the best opportunity for anyone standing across from her to defeat her.
De Randamie is a superb kickboxer who can control the distance of fights and land stinging punches and kicks from kickboxing range. She’s traded with some of the best female strikers in the UFC since in recent years and has looked excellent in all appearances.
There’s no doubting that if de Randamie can keep this fight standing, she’ll have a noticeable advantage against Ladd. On that note, there’s a decent chance she’ll be able to do so, as well. Ladd has great takedowns, but de Randamie has improved her takedown defense in recent fights to a point where it’s no longer a sure thing that she’ll be taken down and controlled. Her ability to get back to her feet remains questionable, but getting her down there in the first place may be difficult for Ladd.
At these odds, there are too many variables at play to back Ladd with confidence. De Randamie could very easily run away with this fight and she represents great value at these underdog odds.
Bet on Germaine de Randamie to win: -157 at Pinnacle
Josh Emmett vs. Mirsad Bektic
Josh Emmett has long been considered as a fighter that was “too high” in the UFC rankings. Emmett leveraged his opportunity against a well-known, ranked fighter in Ricardo Lamas in December 2017 and springboarded into the UFC’s featherweight rankings after knocking out Lamas in the first round.
Not many saw it coming, but that win was enough to lift Emmett to bigger and better fights. Not long after, Emmett was defeated by Jeremy Stephens and ended up taking so much damage that he was out of action for over a year.
He made his return in March this year and got back to winning ways with a big third-round knockout victory against the very tough Michael Johnson. For now, Josh Emmett is here to stay.
Almost in complete contrast to Emmett, there are countless fans who are extremely high on Mirsad Bektic’s ability as a mixed martial artist and consider him to be ranked too low. Bektic is a very talented 28-year-old fighter with impressive credentials. He’s won six of his seven fights with the UFC since joining the promotion in 2014 and has a record of 13-1.
Bektic’s lone defeat was a memorable one. In early 2017, Bektic entered a fight with Elkins as a massive favorite and was well on his way to earning a clear victory. Bektic controlled the fight through the first two rounds and was handing Elkins a beating like no other. Somehow, though, Elkins managed to swing the fight in his favor in the third round and mount an impressive comeback to hand Bektic his first and only career loss. More on why that’s important, very soon.
Josh Emmett vs. Mirsad Bektic Odds
Josh Emmett vs. Mirsad Bektic Breakdown
We mentioned the way that Mirsad Bektic broke down against Darren Elkins before and that’s something to consider in this fight. Bektic sets a high pace from the very start of the fight and wants to get on top of his opponent and start beating them up from dominant spots (similar to how Aspen Ladd wins her fights). If he’s unable to put Josh Emmett away in the early stages of the fight (rounds one and two), then the threat of an Emmett KO remains in play in the latter stages of the fight, as it did against Johnson.
But the biggest takeaway before heading into this fight is that Emmett does have huge power in his hands and Bektic is quite a vulnerable opponent. Bektic has a lot of faith in his aggressive stand-up and he’ll often be seen marching toward his opponent throwing heavy hands. If he lands, he’ll send his opponent crashing to the mat, enabling him to follow up with ground and pound. But on the way forward he is remarkably exposed and Emmett has a high chance of catching him on the way in.
Again, these odds do seem a little off and we would mark this fight as close to 50/50. Emmett is great value here at UFC Fight Night 155.
Bet on Josh Emmett to win: +145 at SportsBook
Best UFC Fight Night 155 Bets
- Germaine de Randamie to win: -157 at Pinnacle
- Josh Emmett to win: +145 at SportsBook