UFC 277 brings us our second pay per view card in the month of July. After consecutive weeks of day time fight cards, we are back to our normal Saturday evening with the pay per view event. UFC 277 – Pena vs Nunes 2 takes place on Saturday July 30th, 2023. The event will take place in Dallas, Texas at the American Airlines Center. The card features the standard 13 fights for a pay per view event, with the first fighters making the walk at 6PM EST. The conclusion of the card features a pair of title fights in the men’s flyweight and women’s bantamweight division.
With the event taking place outside of the UFC Apex, the normal and comparatively larger sized octagon will be used.
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Quick Look Back
UFC London failed to deliver in most ways. For the second week in a row our main event was forced to be stopped in the first round due to freak injury. Tom Aspinall injured his knee just 15 seconds into the fight. The co-main event was also a dud and a losing bet for us. Jack Hermansson used kicks and danced on the outside in a huge change up form his normal game plan. Curtis was not ready for a fighter skirting action on the outside. Both fighters apologized for their performances after the fight. The Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann fights were the highlights of the night. In between those two, we saw the corpse of Alexander Gustafsson do something resembling fighting Nikita Krylov. That was an embarrassment from Gustafsson for even taking a fight, as his career is over. He was starched by a fighter that brings little power. I apologize for trusting Gustafsson and in turn making him a betting pick.
Our betting highlight was Volkan Oezdemir, who was quite ready for everything Paul Craig could throw at him. Oezdemir won a very lopsided decision. The other bet was on Jai Herbert ITD. Herbert won the fight, but the fight went the distance. Herbert was wildly cautious in the first round and was clearly hesitant after being knocked out previously. He was clearly far more skilled than Nelson but fought to not be finished instead of fighting to win. A small setback last week as there was no large risk on any of our bets. We will be back in the win column for this pay per view event.
UFC 277 Fight Card
As far as pay per views go, UFC 277 is not high end, but still offers intrigue. We can never complain about a pair of title fights. We also get to see a new championship contender crowned at light heavyweight. There are quality fights on each portion of the card, and a good deal of betting opportunities for us.
Amanda Nunes will look to reclaim her bantamweight championship from Julianna Pena in the main event. Oddsmakers believe the first outcome was a fluke, as the challenger Nunes is a -285 favorite. Much more on this fight later as we will have a wager on it.
Like the main event, this interim men’s flyweight title fight is a rematch. Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France fought in 2019, with Moreno coming out on top. The oddsmakers Draftkings Sportsbook believe we will have a repeat as Moreno is a -215 favorite. Much like the main event, much more on this fight later, as it is another title fight with a wager.
Remainder Of UFC 277 Card
The pay per view portion of the card has a must see contender to open the pay per view. Magomed Ankalaev will have his way with Anthony Smith as he cruises to number one contender status. Oddsmakers and bettors agree, as he is north of a five to one favorite. We will also see Sergei Pavlocich and Derrick Lewis slug it out until one of the fighters is knocked out.
On the televised prelims, we have some true bangers. Alex Morono and Matthew Semelsberger will have an all action fight, as that’s how Semelsberger fights play out. Drew Dober Rafael Alves will be a ton of fun. Also, do not sleep on Don’Tale Mayes vs Hamdy Abdelwahab. This fight would not get televised placement if the promotion did not think they were going to see something from the debutant in Abdelwahab.
There are three total debutants, which is a bit odd for a pay per view event. Two of which have a very real shot at winning while Adam Fugitt is likely not ready for Michael Morales.
UFC 277 Bet Sheet
I hope you like action on this pay per view, because we are going to have no shortage of bets! We will have five bets on the card. We will be eating some chalk, but that is perfectly okay. The value is on the favorites for the majority of this card, which is a bit odd for a pay per view. I would be wholly unsurprised to see the lines get longer as the week progresses. Particularly on the favorites in the title fights.
Before we get to the actual bets, there were two plus money plays that I was very close to pulling the trigger on. Those were Nic Neumereanu +115 and Alex Morono ITD +500. Those are fun plus money shots if you are seeking more action. Now, let’s get to the plays.
Click the links below for a full breakdown with recommended betting picks and analyses.
Other UFC 277 Fight Predictions
Sergei Pavlovich via KO over Derrick Lewis
Alexandre Pantoja via submission over Alex Perez
Magomed Ankalaev via decision over Anthony Smith
Alex Morono via submission over Matthew Semelsberger
Drakkar Klose via decision over Rafa Garcia
Michael Morales via KO over Adam Fugitt
Ji Yeon Kim via decision over Joselyne Edwards
Nic Negumereanu via decision over Ihor Potieria