UFC Fight Night 153 Odds, Preview & Picks

Written by on May 30, 2019

Okay MMA betting faithful…you’re going to have a handful of fun-filled chances to cash in big when UFC Fight Night  Gustafsson vs. Smith takes place on Saturday, June 1, live from the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden.

The card is headlined by the light heavyweight showdown between Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Smith and features five other main card matchups and another half-dozen fights on the preliminary card.

Now, with both Gustafsson and Smith looking to bounce back after suffering humbling losses at the hands of the incomparable Jon Jones, let’s find out where the best value lies in their pairing.

UFC Fight Night 153 Odds, Preview & Picks

Event Info

  • When: June 1, 2019
  • Where: Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden
  • TV: ESPN+ 11
  • Live Stream: UFC Fight Pass

Main Card

Alexander Gustafsson (18-5) vs. Anthony Smith (31-14)

30-year-old Anthony Smith stands 6’3” with a 76-inch reach. While he’s managed to win 14 of his past 17 fights, Smith has also dropped two of his last four bouts, including a second round TKO loss to Thiago Santos in February of 2018 and a unanimous decision loss against champion Jon Jones in his last bout in March. After his loss to Jones, Smith is itching to punch someone and in this case, Alexander Gustafsson.

“To be honest with you, I don’t give a f**k what happens in the fight. I want to perform and that’s it. I want to hit him as many times as I possibly can, I want to punch when I can punch, I want to kick when I can kick and if he gets to close I’ll drag him to the f**king ground and if he gets up then I’ll do it again. That’s all I want to do. I want to perform. That’s as far as my mind has gone.

The 32-year-old Gustafsson stands 6’ 5” with a 79-inch reach. He comes into this bout off his second career loss to Jon Jones, having gotten pummeled and taken out by the champ via third round TKO (punches) in December after losing to Jones via unanimous decision back in 2013.

Gustafsson has had three shots at the light heavyweight title since 2015, but he’s lost three of his last four fights and four of his last seven, although each loss came against an elite fighter, including Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson. Still, Gustafsson said he’s looking forward to pounding Smith unmercifully this coming weekend.

“I feel super calm,” Gustafsson said. “I’ve got a great flow going now in my training. My conditioning is on top. I’m just feeling so relaxed. I’m ready for it. This is my reward. I don’t care about anything else. It’s just to be able to be in the octagon, fighting the guy in front of me, that is a reward for me – and just having fun doing it with a smile on my face.

“I’m just going to make sure I win every (expletive) round there is, just put a beating on him.”

Here is a look at the rest of the matchups and odds for each main card bout.

Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ilir Latifi (LHW)

  • Volkan Oezdemir -115
  • Ilir Latifi (LHW) -115
  • O/U Total: 2.5 Rounds

Jimi Manuwa vs. Aleksandar Rakic (LHW)

  • Jimi Manuwa +156
  • Aleksandar Rakic -191
  • O/U Total: 1.5 Rounds

Makwan Amirkhani vs. Chris Fishgold (Featherweight)

  • Makwan Amirkhani -114
  • Chris Fishgold -116
  • O/U Total: 2.5 Rounds

Damir Hadzovic vs. Christos Giagos (LW)

  • Christos Giagos +145
  • Damir Hadzovic -175
  • O/U Total: 2.5 Rounds

Daniel Teymur vs. Sung Bin Jo (Featherweight)

  • Daniel Teymur +110
  • Sung Bin Jo -140
  • O/U Total: 1.5 Rounds