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UFC 302: Makhachev vs Poirier – Picks, Predictions & MMA Betting Odds

The UFC returns to the US for this upcoming PPV, with some huge fights happening on what will be a night to remember for MMA fans. The lightweight title is on the line in the main event as Islam Makhachev aims to defend his belt against Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier. You can bet on all the UFC action right here at Stake online sportsbook .

When and Where is UFC 302?

UFC 302 will be taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey in the United States on June 1, 2024. This will be the tenth time the UFC has held an event in Newark, though the first time since May 2023.

“After the success of last year’s event, we are proud to welcome the UFC back to New Jersey.” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Providing an excellent experience for the thousands of UFC fans attending will not only generate economic activity for the region but will also ensure that New Jersey is known as a premium entertainment destination.”

The main event features the first lightweight title bout since Makhachev defended his belt against Alexander Volkanovski in October 2023, and it’s one that fans have been eagerly awaiting since it was first announced.

UFC 302 Fight Card

There are thirteen fights currently scheduled for UFC 302. Barring no injuries or issues with weight cuts, it should be an extremely exciting card, as there are lots of talented fighters throughout the main card and prelims.

Main Card

Preliminary Card

Early Prelims

UFC 302 Picks and Previews

Islam Makhachev v Dustin Poirier

Makhachev has so far proven to be just as much of a dominant lightweight champion as his coach and former training partner, Khabib Nurmagomedov. If he defends his title against Poirier, he’ll tie Khabib’s record for the most title defenses in the history of the UFC’s lightweight division. His last performance saw him beat Alex Volkanovski with an extremely impressive head kick KO, and he’ll be hoping to stop Poirier quickly in this fight.

This will be Dustin Poirier’s third attempt at the lightweight title, having been submitted by Khabib in 2019 and Oliveira in 2021. Although he held the interim title before the Khabib fight, the undisputed title has so far eluded him. He was finished by Justin Gaethje in their number-one lightweight contender fight in 2023. However, the stars aligned for this fight to happen after Gaethje was recently knocked out.

This will likely be Poirier’s last shot, as he’s spoken about retiring at 35. He’ll do everything to take the belt, and he’s experienced something of a late-career resurgence. However, he’ll need to keep it standing as much as possible and avoid attempting the guillotine. Makhachev looks all but unstoppable on the ground, but he does have a knockout loss early in his career that suggests Poirier has a chance, even if the odds are stacked against him.

Prediction: Makhachev by submission

Sean Strickland v Paulo Costa

The co-main event of UFC 302 sees Sean Strickland taking on Paulo Costa in the middleweight division. Strickland put on the performance of a lifetime to take the belt from Israel Adesanya but looked far less impressive as he lost his title in a split decision to Dricus du Pleiss. He has a chance to earn another chance at the belt with a win against Costa but will need to perform a lot better.

Costa is a fan favorite but has lost three in his last four fights, his only recent win coming against Luke Rockhold, who retired immediately after. He did come close to stopping Robert Whittaker in his last fight but has overall looked second-best each time he’s come up against elite opposition.

Both Strickland and Costa have a pressure-fighting style, so it should be an extremely exciting fight. Ina addition both are badly in need of a win. However, we think Strickland should have more than enough quality to have his hand raised.

Prediction: Strickland by UD

Kevin Holland v Michal Oleksiejczuk

Holland is one of the most entertaining fighters on the roster, with heavy hands and a love of trash-talking inside the cage. However, his success in the welterweight division has stalled somewhat, losing to Jack Della Madelena and Michael “Venom” Page in his last two bouts. He’s now returning to middleweight for the first time since 2021. He needs a win here, and the UFC has given him something of a layup.

Michal Oleksiejczuk has been brought in as the opponent for Holland. He also has two losses in his last three, coming from rising stars Caio Borralho and Michel Pereira. He presents a winnable matchup for Holland, though we’re not expecting him to go down without a fight.

Prediction: Holland by KO

Jailton Almeida v Alexander Romanov

It was not long ago that Almedia and Romanov were seen as the potential future of the heavyweight division. They’re both excellent fighters with strong grappling skills, but both have come unstuck in recent fights. Almeida ran through his first six opponents in the UFC, including a win against Derrick Lewis. However, he was knocked out in his last fight against Curtis Blaydes. He needs a win here to get back on track for a heavyweight title run.

Romanov has been fighting in the UFC for four years now and has just two losses in that time with six wins. His losses have come each time he’s made a step up to face elite competition, so it will be interesting to see how he fares in this matchup. We’re predicting a win for Almeida, but it depends on how he bounces back from his KO loss.

Prediction: Almedia by UD

Randy Brown v Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

This should be a fun scrap in the welterweight division between two evenly-matched fighters. Randy Brown has just one loss in his last seven fights, coming to fifth-ranked Jack Della Madelena. His last fight was an impressive first-round knockout of Muslim Salikhov in February, and he’ll be hoping to do the same to Zaleski dos Santos.

Dos Santos last fought in November, in a bout against Rinat Fakhretdinov which ended in a draw. He has a win against Benoit St Denis that has aged very well. However, he isn’t a particularly active fighter and this might work against him. We think Randy Brown should have enough for the win, although it will likely be a close fight.

Prediction: Brown by KO

César Almeida v Roman Kopylov

César Almeida is a very exciting prospect in the middleweight division. He’s 5-0 in his MMA career, winning his first fight in the UFC since entering from Dana White’s Contender Series. While he only has five MMA fights, he has an extensive kickboxing record with 57 fights, including a trilogy against current light heavyweight king Alex Pereira.

Roman Kopylov will be a tough test for Almeida, with a good grappling background in combat sambo. He’ll likely attempt to take down the former kickboxer as much as possible, which could prove to be a challenge for the MMA novice. However, if Almedia survives this test, it could mean he’s got a great future in the sport and will be on his way to challenge for the title.

Prediction: Almedia by KO

Grant Dawson v Joe Solecki

Prediction: Dawson by UD

Niko Price v Alex Morono

Prediction: Price by submission

Philip Rowe v Jake Matthews

Prediction Rowe by UD

Mickey Gall v Bassil Hafez

Prediction Hafez by submission

Ailín Pérez v Joselyne Edwards

Prediction: Pérez by UD

Tatsuro Taira v Joshua Van

Prediction: Taira by UD

Nyamjargal Tumendemberel v Andre Lima

Prediction: Tumendemberel by UD

Types of UFC Bets and How to Bet on the UFC

Every UFC event at Stake.com has lots of fights to bet on, and the biggest fights have several betting options to choose from. Here are the main ways to bet on the UFC and how you can get started:

  • Winner – A prediction of which fighter you think will have their hand raised at the end of the bout.

  • Method of victory – Will the fight end in a KO/TKO or a submission? Or perhaps it will go the judges’ scorecards. Predict how you think the winner will be determined.

  • Round betting – Standard UFC fights last three rounds, or five rounds for main events and championship fights. This lets you bet on the over/under total number of rounds.

  • Parlays – Parlays allow you to combine multiple bets into one, increasing the odds and potential payout. Every selection on your parlay needs to hit for it to win.

How to Bet on the UFC

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  3. Select an event to bring up all the UFC odds for each fight

  4. Choose a fight to see more potential wagers

  5. Make your picks and then enter your stake in the bet slip and confirm to place

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