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Dana White's Contender Series Season 7 Betting Preview: Payton Talbott vs. Reyes Cortez

August 8, 2023


Tune in to witness the bantamweight battle between Payton Talbott and Reyes Cortez on the upcoming Dana White's Contender Series lineup of fights. These two fighters are closely matched, creating a compelling betting option worth your time.


  • Location: UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Date: Tuesday August 8, 2023

  • Main Card: 7:00 PM ET

  • Watch on: ESPN+

Payton Talbott Betting Preview

Talbott is currently undefeated through five MMA bouts and aiming to improve on another. His most recent victory was a third round TKO against Cristhian Rivas back in March of this year.

His fighting resume shows that he has five wins that consists of five knockouts. Several of his bouts were close to a first round finish, but he is due any day now in that regard.

He has battled under Urijah Faber’s A1 Combat for a majority of his battles, going 3-0 under that promotion. These were against solid opponents and he handled them all well.

Talbott is currently the 50th best bantamweight fighter in the US and aims to improve on that ranking. This is another great opportunity to show his true colors and let everyone know what he can do on a bigger stage.

Reyes Cortez Betting Preview

Cortez is currently on a two fight winning streak heading into this event. His most recent win was a third round knockout against Elijah Smith back in March of this year.

His fighting resume shows that he has seven wins that consist of five knockouts and two decisions. Only one  of his seven wins have resulted in a first round finish and both of his losses have come by decision.

“Junior” has previously battled under respectable fighting leagues in the past, especially the Contender Series. He has gone 0-1 in the Legacy Fighting Alliance and 0-1 in the DWCS.

Cortez is currently the 135th best bantamweight fighter in the US and has an extraordinary opportunity to improve that ranking with a win here. This will be a tough battle and arguably the toughest he has participated in.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following moneyline from MyBookie shows that Payton Talbott is a slight favorite to win this showdown. Based on Talbott’s resume, the market finds him more appealing and likely the one to win this fight.


  • Reyes Cortez: +117

  • Payton Talbott: -149

  • *odds are subject to changes

Cortez has made some quality efforts into getting where he is today. However, this is the toughest matchup of his career and he does not have any other battles that can compare on paper.

Talbott appears poised for a victory here, likely by some form of knockout. Look for him to impress Dana White with an early finish.

Final Pick: Take Payton Talbott to Win at -149