Vettori, Hill both favourites on UFC odds for Saturday

Marvin Vettori, left, punches Cezar Ferreira during a middleweight mixed martial arts fight at UFC Fight Night. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Marvin Vettori will be gunning for a fourth straight victory when he battles Jack Hermansson in a clash of middleweights on Saturday night at UFC Vegas 16 as a -140 favourite on the UFC odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Vettori is coming off an impressive first-round submission victory in a catchweight bout with Karl Roberson at UFC Vegas 2. "The Italian Dream" will now be looking to finish opponents in consecutive fights for the first time in over four years in Saturday night's bout at UFC APEX.

After acquiring a well-earned reputation as a submission specialist early in his professional MMA career, Vettori has seen six of his eight fights since joining the UFC decided by the judges. The 27-year-old has gone 5-2-1 during that stretch, with his two defeats coming by decision against Israel Adesanya and Antonio Carlos Junior. However, with 11 of his 20 career victories coming inside five minutes, Vettori enjoys no experience fighting in championship rounds.

Listed as a +110 underdog for Saturday night, Hermansson is coming off a first-round submission win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Island 2 that paid out on -115 odds at online betting sites. The former Cage Warriors middleweight champion now makes his Las Vegas debut on a steady 5-1 run that features three opening-round submission wins, with his lone defeat during that stretch coming against Jared Cannonier at UFC Fight Night 160 as a -280 wager.

Elsewhere on the UFC betting lines for Saturday night, light heavyweight veteran Ovince Saint Preux makes his third octagon appearance of 2020 as he takes on Jamahal Hill as a +140 underdog. Saint Preux has struggled with consistency since early 2018, failing to record consecutive wins during a shaky 3-4 run. However, the 37-year-old has claimed Performance of the Night bonuses for each of his three recent victories. That includes a second-round KO win over Alonzo Menifield as a +120 underdog last time out at UFC Vegas 9.

Sporting an unblemished 8-0 pro MMA record, Hill looks to Saturday's tilt as a solid -170 favourite. "Sweet Dreams" has shown impressive form in previous UFC contests, following up a unanimous decision win over Darko Stosic in his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night Raleigh with a decisive first-round TKO win over Klidison Abreu as a -170 wager.

Earlier in the evening, Taila Santos makes just her second octagon appearance in almost two years as she battles Montana De La Rosa in women's flyweight action as a strong -210 favourite. Roman Dolidze takes on fellow light heavyweight John Allan as -200 chalk, while undefeated featherweight Movsar Evloev clashes with Nate Landwehr as heavy -650 chalk.

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