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Dana White's Contender Series Season 7 Week 3 Betting Preview: Eli Aronov vs. Zachary Reese

August 22, 2023

Dana White's Contender Series returns for a Week 3 installment, showcasing a brand-new lineup of exciting matchups where up-and-coming fighters vie for their shot at securing prestigious UFC contracts. One battle that you cannot overlook for the opportunity to delve into the betting possibilities, is the middleweight main event showdown featuring Eli Aronov and Zach Reese.

  • Location: UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Date: Tuesday August 22, 2023

  • Main Card: 8:00 PM ET

  • Watch on: ESPN+

Eli Aronov Betting Preview

Aronov steps into the octagon with an undefeated six-fight win streak on the line. His most recent victory was a second round arm-triangle submission against Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz back in May of last year.

He has established six wins on his fighting resume that consists of one knockout, two submissions, and three decisions. He has been able to land one knockout and one submission for a first round finish victory.

“The Israeli Tank” offers an appealing resume as he approaches this next fight. He has gone 1-0 in Bellator, but his most recent victory against Ksiazkiewicz (10-1) has been the most impressive.

Aronov has earned the ranking for 21st best middleweight professional fighter in the Middle East and also the 16th best light heavyweight. This is a great opportunity to showcase his skills and improve his rank back home.

Zach Reese Betting Preview

Reese is slightly behind Aronov in terms of fighting experience, as he is currently undefeated through five battles. His last successful bout was a first round TKO in 52 seconds against Tommie Briton back in March of this year.

Of those five wins on his fighting resume, four have been knockouts and one is a submission. In addition, all of his five victories have resulted in a first round finish.

“Savage” has participated in three fights under the Fury FC promotion and done well. However, he has battled some of the easiest fighters you could ask for in this situation.

While his resume stands out on paper, you have to wonder if he is ready for a legit fight against a deadly fighter. He is currently ranked as the 65th best middleweight professional fighter in the United States, as well as the 32nd best light heavyweight.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following moneyline from MyBookie is revealing that Zach Reese is a slight favorite to win this main event showdown. This is appealing, as both fighters have previously shown that they could end this fight early.

  • Eli Aronov: +124

  • Zach Reese: -158

  • *odds are subject to changes

Reese has been explosive in his easy battles, but will likely not create the same magic. Aronov handled Ksiazkiewicz well, who is an established MMA fighter. Look for Aronov to win, potentially by decision if he keeps the fight in the ground.

Final Pick: Take Eli Aronov to Win at +124 


Written By: David White