Leon Edwards will be looking to make gains in the rankings in the welterweight division when he battles Rafael dos Anjos on Saturday in the main event at UFC on ESPN 4 as a narrow -125 favourite on the UFC odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Edwards is coming off a narrow three-round split decision victory over Gunnar Nelson last time out at UFC Fight Night 147, running his current win streak to seven fights going into Saturday night’s matchup at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Edwards has regularly gone the distance since joining the UFC back in November 2014, with his victory over Nelson as -150 chalk marking the eighth time in 11 UFC clashes that the judges were needed to determine a winner. The 27-year-old has also demonstrated the ability to finish opponents, with six of his 17 career wins coming by KO or TKO, along with a trio of victories by submission.
However, Edwards enjoys little experience fighting in championship rounds, with his lone fight going beyond three rounds coming in June of last year when he outlasted Donald Cerrone to claim a five-round unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 132 while sporting -260 odds.
Conversely, dos Anjos will bring a wealth of championship-round experience into the octagon on Saturday night as a +110 underdog at sports betting sites. The former UFC lightweight champion has seen four of his past five fights go a full five rounds, but has struggled to get the nod, losing by unanimous decision in two of his past three outings including a loss to Colby Covington in his bid for the interim UFC welterweight title as a +120 underdog at UFC 225.
Earlier in the evening, heavyweights dominate on the UFC on ESPN 4 odds, with Walt Harris taking on Aleksei Oleinik as a solid -155 betting favourite. The main card opens with Ben Rothwell facing off against Andrei Arlovski as heavy -185 chalk, while Greg Hardy clashes with Juan Adams as a slender -105 underdog.
Hardy returns to action after posting a fourth first-round finish in just five career UFC clashes, disposing of Dmitry Smolyakov by TKO at UFC Fight Night 150 to pay out on -335 odds. The former NFL star faces an equally prolific opponent in Adams, who has posted first-round TKO wins in four of his six career clashes, and enters the octagon on Saturday as -115 chalk despite suffering the first defeat of his career last time out, a unanimous decision loss to Arjan Singh Bhullar as a -150 bet at UFC Fight Night 151.