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Dana White's Contender Series Season 7 Week 6 Betting Preview: AJ Cunningham vs. Steven Nguyen

September 12, 2023

AJ Cunningham and Steven Nguyen are poised to showcase their skills in the eagerly awaited week six of Dana White's Contender Series. These formidable featherweights guarantee an electrifying performance, creating a distinctive betting prospect.

  • Location: UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Date: Tuesday August 22, 2023

  • Main Card: 8:00 PM ET

  • Watch on: ESPN+

AJ Cunningham Betting Preview

Cunningham has a three-fight win streak on the line in this matchup. His previous success was a third round rear-naked choke submission against Jason Mullen back in May earlier this year at Fury FC 79.

He has a balanced resume of 10 wins, which consist of three knockouts, four submissions, and three decisions. Four of his 10 wins have resulted in first round finishes and he has two defeats by decision. 

“The Savage” has notable experiences in a few fighting leagues. He has gone 1-1 in Legacy Fighting Alliance, but has a 5-1 record under the Pyramid Fights promotion.

Cunningham is currently ranked as the 60th best featherweight in the United States, as well as the 79th best lightweight. This is a tremendous opportunity to show off his talent and move up in the rankings.

Steven Nguyen Betting Preview

Nguyen will be making his third attempt in the DWCS. He has not fought in two years, but has a two-fight win streak still lingering as he approaches this battle.

He has put together eight wins so far, including three knockouts, three submissions, and two decisions. Five of his eight victories have been decided in the first round and his only loss was a knockout in his first attempt at the DWCS.

“The Ninja” has gone 1-0 in the LFA and 1-1 in the DWCS. Not many people get a third opportunity to battle here, as many typically move onto the UFC or another fighting organization.

He is currently ranked as the 117th best featherweight fighter in the United States. He has a long way to go if he wants to succeed and he needs to impress here to prolog his career.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie's moneyline odds highlight Steven Nguyen as a noteworthy frontrunner in this matchup. It could be strategic to include Nguyen in a parlay with other contests of the evening to maximize his winning potential.

  • AJ Cunningham: +180

  • Steven Nguyen: -238

While the market is moderately favoring Nguyen, they might be overlooking Cunningham. He has a real shot to make things happen in this fight and has quality battles under his belt to support his success.

Nguyen has had a lot of time off to prepare for this fight. He will need to show drastic changes if he wants a UFC contract.

Spooky Express Pick: Take AJ Cunningham to Win at +180