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Dana White's Contender Series Season 7 Week 7 Betting Preview: Shamil Gaziev vs. Greg Velasco

September 19, 2023


Get ready for a thrilling clash as Shamil Gaziev and Greg Velasco step into the spotlight as the main event contenders in Week 7 of Dana White's Contender Series. Do not miss this heavyweight showdown, offering not only an electrifying matchup but also a prime betting opportunity to cap off an action-packed night of fights.


  • Location: UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2023

  • Main Card: 8:00 PM ET

  • Watch on: ESPN+

Shamil Gaziev Betting Preview

Gaziev has been perfect through 10 battles so far in his professional career. His most recent success was a first round TKO against Darko Stosic back at Brave Combat Federation in February earlier this year.

In his impressive career, he has achieved a total of 10 victories, consisting of seven knockouts, two submissions, and one decision. Notably, a remarkable seven of his wins have culminated in first-round finishes.

He has a handful of bouts spread out at different fighting leagues over the years. Most notably, he has done well in the Brave CF, where he is 3-0 against quality competition.

He is currently ranked as the 64th best heavyweight fighter in the world and the 21st best out of Russia. This is a tremendous opportunity to extend his career with a UFC contract.

Greg Velasco Betting Preview

Velasco is also undefeated, but through six battles so far in his career. His previous winning bout was a second round TKO against Ronald Coleman back at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 117.

Out of the six battles he is engaged in, three ended via knockout, two via submission, and one via decision. Interestingly, only one of his six victories concluded with a first-round finish.

“The Viking King” has engaged in all six of his professional fights in the CFFC, where he has faced some quality fighters. This will be the biggest test of his career, as he does not have any fights that have been in comparison.

He is currently ranked as the 111th best professional heavyweight in the world and the 15th best coming out of the United States. Now is the time to show the world he is ready for the next step.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The latest odds from MyBookie clearly indicate that Shamil Gaziev is strongly favored to emerge victorious in the main event clash. If you are contemplating a bet on Gaziev, explore how including his matchup in a parlay could enhance your potential returns, especially when combined with other fights on the evening's card.


  • Greg Velasco: +347

  • Shamil Gaziev: -500

Gaziev’s resume is a bit more appealing in terms of quality wins and ability to end fights quickly. Look for this to end early with a knockout.

Spooky Express Pick: Take Shamil Gaziev to Win at -500