Cage Warriors 87 takes place just a short 5-minute drive from my home and features several fighters that live very close to my hometown.
It hurts me to bet against one of these Welsh fighters, but I need to separate my emotions from business, and after researching this event it was clear that there was one excellent opportunity to make money.
The betting lines for Cage Warriors 87 start to close in around 3 hours, and I expect the odds to decline on this bet significantly shortly after I post this tip. Please place your bet as soon as possible to maximise the amount of money that you can make.
Aaron Khalid vs Ross Houston Betting Tip and Prediction
I love Aaron Khalid. He’s a solid young fighter, and he comes from my hometown, but I can’t help but feel that this matchup is too much too soon. Aaron is still developing, and I would have liked Cage Warriors to have managed his career a little better and give him time to grow as an athlete.
Cage Warriors do a good job of giving exciting young fighters like Aaron a big platform to perform in front of their hometown fans, but they frequently jump the gun and fast track exciting young prospects into matchups that they are not ready for.
We recently saw this happen when they matched up Paddy Pimblett with Nad Narimani. Pimblett is a valuable asset for Cage Warriors because he can sell out big arenas in his hometown of Liverpool, but it was clear that he was not quite ready for the big stage when he struggled against Ultimate Fighter alumni, Julian Erosa. When Cage Warriors matched him up against an experienced vet like Narimani, it was inevitable that he would struggle.
I hoped that Cage Warriors would have learned from their mistake, but it seems that they are doing the same thing with the army of Welsh fighters that they have signed to their roster.
Aaron Khalid is young and tough, but he hasn’t had enough time to develop the technical skills required to compete against an opponent like Ross Houston. Aaron is raw and unpolished, while Ross is clinical and precise.
I would love Aaron to win this fight, and it’s possible he could because his hometown fans will give him a big boost, but skill for skill I cannot ignore the fact that he is second best to Ross everywhere. Ross Houston is very good, and this is a tough fight for Aaron Khalid.
Reasons for betting on Ross Houston to beat Aaron Khalid
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Our Betting Tip
Ross Houston to win
[3% of your bankroll]
Decimal = 1.54
Moneyline = -185
Fractional = 27/50
The bookies believe that Ross Houston has a 65% chance of beating Aaron Khalid based on their current odds.
We believe that Ross Houston has a 70% chance of beating Aaron Khalid based on our extensive research and analysis.