Demian Maia vs Ben Askren Prediction & Betting Odds - UFC Fight Night Picks
October 24, 2019
The Brazilian will be 42 years-old in early November, but is still capable of mixing it with the elite. Maia’s last fight was a Majority Decision win over Anthony Rocco Martin in June this year. That followed a win over Lyman Good in February and confirms that he’s still got plenty left to offer.
There were fears that Maia’s days in the Octagon were numbered when, prior to the victory over Good, he suffered three straight Unanimous Decision losses to Tyron Woodley, Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman.
The 35 year-old American Ben Askren was on the receiving end of a record-breaking 5-second KO to Jorge Masvidal’s flying knee in his last fight in July. It was certainly a memorable way to register the first loss of his professional career.
Askren, a former Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight title-holder, has only had two fights in the UFC. His Octagon debut wasn’t totally convincing either, ending with a controversial bulldog choke finish to beat Robbie Lawler.
Betting Odds - Winner
- Demian Maia to win +150 (2.50) $200 Free Bet
- Ben Askren to win -175 (1.57) $200 Free Bet
- Demian Maia to win +145 (2.45) $250 Free Bet
- Ben Askren to win -204 (1.49) $250 Free Bet
- Demian Maia to win +157 (2.57) $250 Free Bet
- Ben Askren to win -181 (1.55) $250 Free Bet
- Demian Maia to win +135 (2.35) $200 Free Bet
- Ben Askren to win -169 (1.59) $200 Free Bet
Demian Maia vs Ben Askren Betting Lines & Pick
This isn’t an easy fight for our UFC Fight Night picks. As befits the younger man, Ben Askren is the more athletic fighter, has the greater stamina and is also developing his striking. However, Demian Maia looks the more rounded fighter overall and could have the edge on the mat.
Had it not been for the spectacular loss to Masvidal, the American would almost certainly have been shorter odds. That defeat raises some doubts about Askren, so we’ll take Maia as the tip to win this fight given the UFC odds on offer.
UFC Fight Night Pick: Fight Result – Demian Maia to Win @ +150 (2.50) with bet365