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Val Woodburn vs. Oban Elliott

February 17, 2024

The early prelims on UFC 298 offers a taste of what is in store for the rest of the night, with welterweights Oban Elliott and Val Woodburn a fight to check out. The fights take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, with early prelims starting at 6:30 PM ET on Saturday, February 17. Elliott is considered a moderate -320 moneyline favorite.

Oban Elliott Betting Preview

Elliot has won his last five fights and will be making his UFC debut. In his last battle, he defeated Kaik Brito by a majority decision at Dana White’s Contender Series in August of last year.

He has put together nine victories, which include two knockouts, three submissions, and four decisions. Among his achievements are four first-round finishes, with his only two defeats attributed to knockouts.

Known as "The Welsh Gangster," he demonstrates a 45 percent striking accuracy and a 44 percent success rate in takedowns. Notably, he maintains a positive ratio with a significant strike rate of 3.87 per minute and an absorption rate of 2.80.

In the span of a 15-minute UFC (DWCS) timeframe, Elliot averages 4.00 takedowns but has yet to secure any submissions. His defensive prowess is evident with a 62 percent success rate against significant strikes, although he has not faced any takedown attempts yet.

Val Woodburn Betting Preview

Woodburn suffered his first career defeat in his last battle, which also happened to be his UFC debut. This was a first round, 38-second, TKO against Bo Nickal at UFC 290. Based on that, he is motivated to earn back some points in the UFC realm.

He has landed seven victories, which consist of five knockouts and two decisions. Three of his knockouts have ended in the opening round of action, which shows he is potentially deadly in the start of a fight.

Since "The Animal" only has less than a minute in the octagon for the UFC, it would not be fair to showcase his stats. Instead, he has accumulated great wins in the Combat Night league where he went 7-0 against some quality opponents.

Prior to turning professional, he went 5-2-1 in amateur results. This is a huge opportunity for him to get back on track and make a better impression in the UFC.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

Bookmaker reveals favorable UFC 298 odds, with Oban Elliott positioned as a modest favorite (-320) for a potential victory. Bettors might contemplate adding him to a parlay with other fights or exploring prop bets for potentially higher payouts compared to the moneyline.

Elliot has shown in just one fight in the UFC spotlight that he can deliver. This will be another tough test, but one he is equipped to handle.

Final Pick: Oban Elliott in Parlay or Prop