Rafael dos Anjos will be looking to avoid losing three fights in a row for the first time in his professional MMA career when he takes on Paul Felder on Saturday night as a -190 betting favourite on the UFC odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The former UFC lightweight champion struggled in his recent move to welterweight, falling to defeat in four of his past five outings, and makes his return to the 155-pound division in Saturday night’s bout at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
While wins have been scarce, dos Anjos has remained competitive during his current slide. The 36-year-old went the distance in each of his recent defeats, a run that featured matchups with current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and top-ranked contender Colby Covington. Going the distance is nothing new for dos Anjos, who has seen 24 of his 42 career fights decided by the judges. However, two of his three most recent victories have come by submission, including an opening-round win over Neil Magny as a -210 wager at UFC 217.
Felder will also be looking to get back into the win column when he enters the octagon on Saturday as a +155 underdog at online sports betting sites. “The Irish Dragon” has seen his past four fights decided by the judges, with three of those contests ending as split decisions. Felder failed to get the nod last time out, a split decision loss to Dan Hooker as a +135 underdog at UFC Fight Night 168 that earned him his second career Fight of the Night bonus.
The 35-year-old American also suffered a three-round split decision loss to Mike Perry in a welterweight matchup at UFC on ESPN 1, but got the nod in his recent dates with lightweights Edson Barboza and James Vick.
Elsewhere on the UFC odds for Saturday, Kalinn Williams will be looking to extend his current win streak to seven fights as he battles fellow welterweight Abdul Razak Alhassan as a +195 underdog. Williams tallied an impressive knockout victory over Alex Morono just 27 seconds into his UFC debut at UFC 247, earning him a Performance of the Night bonus while paying out on -340 odds.
Alhassan returns to action as -250 chalk despite suffering a unanimous decision loss to Mounir Lazzez is his last outing at UFC Fight Island 1, dumping his pro MMA record to 10-2. However, all 10 of Alhassan’s career wins have come inside five minutes.
Earlier on Saturday, middleweights clash as Julian Marquez battles Saparbek Safarov as -310 chalk, while Kay Hanson takes on fellow women’s strawweight Cory McKenna as a -225 betting favourite.