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Dana White's Contender Series: Season 7/Week 2 Betting Preview: Emrah Sonmez vs. Hyder Amil

August 15, 2023


The next installment of Dana White's Contender Series has exciting matchups for fighters looking to earn contracts for the UFC. With these betting opportunities in mind, be sure to check out Hyder Amil and Emrah Sonmez in an intriguing featherweight bout.


  • Location: UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Date: Tuesday August 15, 2023

  • Main Card: 7:00 PM ET

  • Watch on: ESPN+

Hyder Amil Betting Preview

Amil is undefeated through seven bouts so far and is aiming to continue that dominance. His most recent win was a second round TKO in LFA 137 against Chase Gibson back in July of last year.

His fighting resume shows that he has seven wins that consists of four knockouts, one submission, and two decisions. One of his seven wins have resulted in a first round finish.

“The Hurricane” has some quality experience under his belt among a few different fighting leagues. He has gone 3-0 in Bellator and 3-0 in the Legacy Fighting Alliance against good competition.

Amil has defeated two consecutive established opponents with over nine wins, giving him some positive momentum against another established foe. This will be his toughest bout to date, but arguably one he has a good shot to win.

Emrah Sonmez Betting Preview

Sonmez is currently on a three-fight winning streak heading into this event. His most recent victory was a unanimous decision in CW 148 against Adam Mesinki back in December of last year.

His fighting resume shows that he has 14 wins that consist of eight knockouts, three submissions, and three decisions. Eight of his 14 wins have resulted in a first round finish and two of his four losses have come by decision.

“The Anatolian Wolf” has moved around a bit over the course of his career. He has gone 2-2 in Cage Warriors Fighting Championships, 4-0 in Cage Warriors Academy South East, and 4-1 in Ultimate Challenge MMA.

He is currently ranked as the 15th best professional featherweight in the United Kingdom. Another quality win here would give his rankings a boost for US standards.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following moneyline from MyBookie shows that Hyder Amil is close to a moderate favorite to win this battle. Both have exciting resumes, making this an appealing matchup.


  • Emrah Sonmez: +155

  • Hyder Amil: -185

  • *odds are subject to changes

Sonmez has been everywhere it seems to find a home for a fighting league. He has defeated two fighters that have nine wins, but everyone else has less than seven at the time of those battles.

Amil has batted in tougher leagues and has taken on slightly better opponents to give his career a boost. Overall, Amil appears to be the better prepared fighter to win.

Final Pick: Take Hyder Amil to Win at -185