UFC Fight Night 149 takes place on Saturday as two of the top 10 heavyweights in the world will look to thrill the crowd at Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The legendary Alistair Overeem (44-17) will look to play spoiler as he takes on Russian veteran Aleksei Oleinik (57-11) in the main event of the UFC Fight Night 149 card. Overeem is the No. 7 heavyweight in the UFC rankings, while Oleinik is No. 9. And despite the home crowd working against him, Overeem is the -245 favorite (risk $245 to win $100), while Oleinik is listed at +205 (risk $100 to win $205) in the latest Overeem vs. Oleinik odds. Meanwhile, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s training partner, Islam Makhachev (16-1), takes on Arman Tsarukyan in a lightweight bout that will co-headline the UFC Saint Petersburg card. Makhachev is the -450 favorite in the latest Makhachev vs. Tsarukyan odds. The UFC on ESPN+ 7 prelims start at 10 a.m. ET, while the main card will begin three hours later. Before you make your UFC Fight Night 149 picks, listen to the MMA predictions from SportsLine expert Kyle Marley.
Marley won the first-ever “ToutMaster” UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and appears regularly on multiple MMA betting and DFS shows. He watches every single fight for every single UFC card and does extensive research before each event.
Over the past year, $100 bettors who have followed Marley’s picks are up more than $20,000, It’s an astonishing cash rate that shows the depth of Marley’s knowledge.
Just last week for the epic UFC 236 card, Marley told SportsLine members that underdog Dustin Poirier (+185) would win a close decision against Max Holloway (-225) in a bout for the interim lightweight title. That’s exactly what happened, as Poirier took the upper hand in a classic battle between two of the UFC’s top pound-for-pound fighters.
Also, in the UFC 236 co-main event, Marley predicted that favored Israel Adesanya (-175) would clip a narrow decision against the fierce Kelvin Gastelum (+155). Marley was spot on again, as Adesanya used a dominant fifth round to emerge victorious in a bout that’s an early candidate for Fight of the Year. Anyone who has followed Marley’s lead is way, way up.
Now, with UFC Fight Night 149 fast approaching, Marley has carefully studied every matchup on the 12-fight UFC Fight Night card, identified the best value in the UFC odds and released his MMA picks for every single fight. He’s sharing them only over at SportsLine.
Marley knows both of these heavyweight veterans are likely to have a sense of urgency, as the winner is likely to vault upward in the rankings, while the loser might permanently fade from title contention. Overeem, 38, is a decorated mixed-martial artist who has starred for several promotions and also been a world-champion kickboxer. But he lost a UFC heavyweight title bout to Stipe Miocic in 2016 and has since suffered defeats to contenders Curtis Blaydes and Francis Ngannou. Meanwhile, Oleinik, 42, is a bit of a late bloomer in the UFC, but has won four of his past five bouts. He saw his stock rise with September’s first-round submission of Hunt, one of the sport’s heaviest punchers. You can only get Marley’s Overeem vs. Oleinik and Makhachev vs. Tsarukyan picks at SportsLine.
One pick we’ll share for UFC Fight Night 149: Marley is backing Brazilian Alex Da Silva (+130) to score the upset over Alexander Yakovlev in a lightweight battle during prelims.
It’s the UFC debut for the 23-year-old Da Silva (20-1) and he’ll be up against a pro-Yakovlev crowd. However, Da Silva is the more dynamic striker, with 13 career knockouts, and he’s also capable of stopping the fight via submission since he has seven career tapouts to his name.
“Yakovlev should tire from working for takedowns, so I don’t see him having a cardio advantage,” Marley told SportsLine. “Da Silva is also the more dangerous fighter of the two. I am going to lean with the underdog to pull off an upset in this fight, and a TKO would be the most likely route for him to do it.” Book Da Silva over Yakovlev via TKO as one of your top UFC St. Petersburg picks.
Marley also has picks locked in for Overeem vs. Oleinik, Makhachev vs. Tsarukyan and every other fight on this stacked UFC on ESPN+ 7 card. Those selections are only available at SportsLine.
Who wins Overeem vs. Oleinik and Makhachev vs. Tsarukyan? And how does each fight end? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed picks for every fight on the UFC Fight Night 149 card, all from the incomparable expert who’s up more than $20,000 in MMA picks in the past year.