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UFC Fight Night Betting Preview: Ihor Potieria vs. Rodolfo Bellato

December 2, 2023

A light heavyweight bout is coming up soon between Ihor Potieria and Rodolfo Bellato in the prelims for UFC on ESPN 52 event on Saturday, December 2. Bellato is a heavy favorite to win this battle, with a moneyline at -400.

Ihor Potieria Betting Preview

Potieria has gone 1-2 in his last three fights, so consistency is his main goal here. He is coming off a first round TKO defeat against Carlos Ulberg in UFC on ABC 4 back in May of this year.

His fighting resume showcases 19 wins that consist of nine knockouts, six submissions, and four decisions. Impressively, he has turned 15 of his 19 wins into first round finishes. He has been defeated by knockout in three of his four losses.

“The Duelist” has gone 1-2 in UFC battles in addition to his Dana White’s Contender Series win. So far, he strikes with an accuracy at 57 percent but nothing for takedowns. His significant strike ratio is lacking, as he delivers 4.44 and absorbs 5.52 each minute.

Potieria has subpar defenses so far, with a 43 percent success rate against significant strikes and 33 percent against takedowns. As mentioned, he has yet to land any takedowns as well as submissions.

Rodolfo Bellato Betting Preview

Bellato is making his UFC debut after winning in the Contender Series matchup back in October. This was a second round TKO over Murtaza Talha Ali, which marked his third straight win as he approaches this next fight.

In his 11 wins, he has recorded six knockouts, four submissions, and one decision. Eight if these wins have resulted in first round finishes and both if his losses have come by knockout.

“Trator” has gone 4-0 in his time with Legacy Fighting Alliance, which offers some insight to his level of fighting skills. These wins were against respectable opponents, but now has an opportunity to step up in competition.

Bellato has earned the 73rd-best light heavyweight fighter ranking in the world. A win here would ultimately raise his ranking and give him the boost he needs to contend in this division.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie offers the UFC odds, giving Rodolfo Bellato a moderate edge for victory. His success leading up to this event offers a good indication of what he can accomplish here.

  • Ihor Potieria: +300

  • Rodolfo Bellato: -400

Potieria has had issues with his striking and defending against his opponents. Bettors should consider adding Bellato to a parlay with other battles on the night to maximize his potential payout. Likewise, a prop bet would also provide more value.

Spooky Express Pick: Rodolfo Bellato in Parlay or Prop