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UFC Fight Night Betting Preview: Erin Blanchfield vs. Taila Santos

August 26, 2023

The upcoming UFC Fight Night event offers a plethora of enticing betting prospects, with one of the standout matchups being the clash featuring Erin Blanchfield and Talia Santos. Blanchfield's path to a title shot appears promising, yet her initial challenge involves facing the formidable Santos.

  • Location: Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore

  • Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023

  • Main Card: 7:00 AM CDT

  • Prelims: 4:00 AM CDT

  • Coverage: ESPN and ESPN+

Erin Blanchfield Betting Preview

Blanchfield only has a title shot on her mind, but must defeat Santos first. Fans have already expressed their bias towards her, but she has to capitalize on this very moment.

She recently looked great in her battle against Jessica Andrade. However, her current opponent is like something she has never seen before and she needs to be ready for the challenge.

She is at her best on the ground, but is looking even more scary on her feet and striking. She has been averaging 6.06 significant strikes each minute and taking on 3.76. She is essentially doubling her output of strokes compared to her foes.

Blanchfield will likely look to control the pace of this battle and force it to stay on the ground. She has three consecutive submission victories under her belt, so another one could be coming.

Talia Santos Betting Preview

Santos has been all over the division challenging the best fighters around. She had earned quality wins against Roxanne Modafferi and Joanne Wood, and even looked great in her defeat against Valentina Shevchenko. 

She has earned 19 wins and 10 of those have come by knockout. She also does a good job at defending against takedowns at 88 percent and has done so against good fighters.

Going back to her battle with Shevchenko, she arguably could have won that fight. She remained in control of the ground for quite a while and was able to land plenty of significant strikes.

Santos will need to keep the fight standing if she wants a chance at being victorious. She also has good striking power that will likely impact the fight.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie's odds suggest that Erin Blanchfield holds a slight edge in this bout, as both fighters exhibit impressive statistics on paper. This increases the excitement for this showdown.

  • Talia Santos: +119

  • Erin Blanchfield: -140

It is no surprise that Blanchfield is the favorite here with her recent success and stats to back it up. However, this will be an all out brawl.

Santos has an opportunity to end it early by knockout, assuming she defends well against Blamchfield’s attempts at takedown. Look for Blanchfield to win by submission, likely within the later rounds.

Final Pick: Take Erin Blanchfield to Win at -140

Written By: Christopher Dykes