The Ultimate Fighting Championship kicks off its 2024 season with a bang north of the border. The UFC is in Toronto for the first time since 2018, and UFC 297 is sure to please the Scotiabank Arena crowd on Saturday with two title fights.
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UFC 297 offers a fantastic 12-card fight, including five bouts on the main card that features two title matches. UFC 297 gets underway at 6:30 p.m. (ET) with the early preliminaries. Meanwhile, the pay-per-view main card will begin at 10 p.m.
Arnold Allen vs. Movsar Evloav
Allen (19-2, 10-1 UFC) and Evloav (17-0, 7-0 UFC) featherweight bout is first up on the main draw.
Allen is ranked No. 4 in the featherweight division and is coming off his first UFC loss to Max Holloday in April. Meanwhile, Evloav is No.9 in the division and looks to remain unbeaten for his career.
Take Evloav at -188. Evloav has looked dominant in his UFC fights and is coming off a great performance against Diego Lopez the last time out in what was the Fight of the Night.
Evloav has won six of his seven fights by unanimous decision (one split-decision). More impressive is the fact the Russian has never been knocked down.
He also has been taken down eight times with six coming in one match versus Mike Grundy.
Chris Curtis vs. Marc-Andre Barriault
This middlewight clash features 14th-ranked Curtis (30-10-1,5-2-1 UFC) against the unranked Barriault (16-6-1, 5-5-1 UFC).
This is a proverbial toss-up. Curtis has outstanding power but is not a high-volume guy which has caused him to lose two of his last four outings with one no-contest.
Barriault has changed his in-ring philosophy after losing his first three UFC bouts. Barriault has won his last two outings.
Take Barriault in a mild-upset at +162. Another value bet is over 2.5 rounds (-155) or fight does not go the distance (-125).
Neil Magny vs. Mike Mallott
Magny (28-12, 21-10 UFC) comes in at No. 13 in the welterweight division though he has not looked good in his last three outings and has dropped three of his last five fights. Meanwhile, Mallott (10-1-1, 4-0) looks like an up-an-comer, earning performance of the night in each of the last two fights.
Mallott is a huge favorite at -400. So unless you want to use him in a parlay, there is no value in taking him on the money line. A better bet is Mallott to win by finish (-180).
Raquel Pennington vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
This fight for the vacant bantamweight bout between No.2-ranked Pennington (15-9, 12-5 UFC) and No. 3 Bueno Silva (10-2-1-1, 6-2-1-1) has all making to be fabulous.
Pennington enters the octagon on a five-fight winning streak. Pennington is coming off a split decision over Ketlan Vieira, marking her 11th victory by a decision as a member of UFC.
Bueno-Silva would be on a four-match winning streak, but had her performance of the night submission victory over Holly Holm back in July overturned.
Lean Bueno-Silva as a slight favorite at -170. Bueno Silva is the younger more dynamic fighter with tons of speed and athleticism while Pennington has become more one-dimensional as she gets older.
Sean Strickland vs. Dricus Du Plessis
The main event features Strickland attempting to defend his middleweight belt for a second streaight time while Du Plessis is attempting to become the first South African to win be a UFC champion.
Like the women’s title bout, this championship fight expects to be fantastic, although there should be more fireworks in this one than Pennington versus Bueno Silva.
Strickland (28-5, 15-5) enters the match on a three-fight win streak. Strickland defeated Israel Adesanya in his first defense of his belt via unaminous decision to earn performance of the night.
It was the second straight fight that he has garnered the honor. Strickland has 15 career finishes and has been finished twice.
Du Plessis (20-2, 6-0 UFC) remained undefeated since joining the UFC with a second round knockout victory over Robert Whittaker in July, which earned him the performance of the night. Du Plessis has 19 finishes with nine knockouts and 10 submissions in his career.
Four of his six UFC victories have come prior to the third round. Both of Du Plessis’ losses has been via finishes.
Lean Du Plessis as a slight underdog. Du Plessis is the more aggressive fighter and powerful striker. Du Plessis also possesses an underrated ground game.