Weekend Fight Odds: Pickett Tabbed as Underdog in Faber Retirement Fight

By Mike Sloan Dec 15, 2016

Virtually every weekend is a good one to make some extra money on the side by betting on the fights. With UFC on Fox 22 taking place in Sacramento, Calif., and boxing legend Bernard Hopkins fighting for the final time near Los Angeles, Saturday is shaping up to be a beneficial day for the bettor.

While UFC on Fox 22 is loaded with fights that have extremely close odds, there are a few sizable numbers that, if chosen correctly, can yield a solid return on one’s investment. While the UFC’s main event between Paige VanZant and Michelle Waterson is about as close to a pick ‘em as they come, there are a few underdogs worth looking at.

The co-feature will see Urijah Faber shadowing Hopkins in that “The California Kid” will be hanging up his gloves for good once he’s done fighting Brad Pickett. Faber currently stands as a -450 favorite going into the contest while “One Punch” rests as a +325 underdog. Bryan Barbarena is the other decent-sized underdog as he sits at +270 against Colby Covington, who is a -360 favorite at the moment.

However, the biggest underdog of the weekend by far will be climbing through the ropes on Saturday in the co-feature of the Hopkins-Joe Smith Jr. event. WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk will defend his title against unheralded Thabiso Mchunu. The titlist is a -2250 favorite, according to Bovada while Mchunu is a whopping +950 underdog.

UFC on Fox 22 betting odds:
VanZant: -120
Waterson: -110

Faber: -450
Pickett: +325

Northcut: -110
Gall: -120

Jouban: +105
Perry: -135

Craig: +175
Da Silva: -225

Hirota: -120
Miller: -110

Barbarena: +270
Covington: -360

Moontasri: -115
Morono: -115

Holtzman: +150
Emmett: -185

Smith: +235
Aldana: -305

Mizugaki: +175
Wineland: -225

Sandoval: -130
Serrano: +100

Aliev: +125
Velickovic: -155

HBO Boxing betting odds:
Hopkins: -210
Smith Jr.: +170

Usyk: -2250
Mchunu: +950


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