UFC Fight Night – Calvillo vs Eye is the start of a huge run of events that the UFC has just announced as part of their action-packed Summer schedule.
|UFC – Calvillo vs Eye||June 13th|
|UFC – Blaydes vs Volkov||June 20th|
|UFC – Poirier vs Hooker||June 27th|
|UFC 251 – Burns vs Usman||July 11th|
|UFC Yas Island||July 15th|
|UFC – Benavidez vs Figueiredo||July 18th|
|UFC – Till vs Whittaker||July 25th|
|UFC – Aldana vs Holm||August 1st|
|UFC 252 – Cormier vs Miocic||August 15th|
This busy summer schedule means I will be Livestreaming my fight research for 4-5 hours a day almost every day from now until mid-August. I hope that you’ll join me for as many fight research Livestreams as possible.
You can also now buy access to join me for Live Betting this weekend.
Usually, at this stage in the betting tips article, I’d recap our performance on last week’s bets, but I also do this in the first Livestream of every new week. Since we have a bet on the very first fight that I researched this week, you can instead checkout the video below for my thoughts on last week’s bets.
|Fight||Betting Tip||Who I think will win||Who I think is the better bet|
|Cynthia Calvillo vs Jessica Eye||2 units on Cynthia Calvillo at odds of 1.91 | -110 | 91/100||Calvillo||Calvillo|
|Karl Roberson vs Marvin Vettori||No bet||Vettori||Roberson|
|Merab Dvalishvili vs Gustavo Lopez||No bet||Dvalishvili||Lopez|
|Andre Fili vs Charles Jourdain||No bet||Fili||Fili|
|Jordan Espinosa vs Mark De La Rosa||No bet||Espinosa||De La Rosa|
|Hannah Cifers vs Mariya Agapova||No bet||Agapova||Agapova|
|Charles Rosa vs Kevin Aguilar||3 units on Kevin Aguilar at odds of 1.59 | -169 | 59/100||Aguilar||Aguilar|
|Gina Mazany vs Julia Avila||No bet||Avila||Avila|
|Tyson Nam vs Zarrukh Adashev||No bet||Adashev||Adashev|
|Anthony Ivy vs Christian Aguilera||No bet||Ivy||Ivy|
Charles Rosa vs Kevin Aguilar Betting Tip and Prediction
Kevin Aguilar was the first name that jumped out at me as a potential bet on this card, and after taking a look at the recent fights of both guys, I like what I see from Aguilar.
There are, of course, risk factors with this bet because you’ll never find a bet without risk, but Aguilar has a lot going for him here. I recommend checking out my Livestream research session for this fight to learn more about the reasons why I think Aguilar is a decent bet at the current odds:
Rosa has never been the most athletic, physically imposing fighter, but seeing Bryce Mitchell and Manny Bermudez manhandle him since his return does ask the question of how much the long layoff, injuries, and surgeries have taken away from Charles Rosa’s ability to perform to his full potential.
Bryce Mitchell is a good example of why focusing full time on fighting is very important. We’ve seen him looking flat, slow, sloppy, and tired after just 5 minutes in his performances against Bobby Moffett and Tyler Diamond, to then looking like the Deep South Demian Maia against Charles Rosa.
Mitchell transformed into an excellent fighter in a very short space of time because he earned a $50,000 bonus in his fight against Bobby Moffett, which then enabled him to quit his job in construction and focus full time on MMA.
If you go and watch Bryce Mitchell against Charles Rosa and compare that to his performance against Bobby Moffett, it’s literally like looking at a different human being.
This is relevant to the context of the fight between Kevin Aguilar and Charles Rosa because Rosa still works a full-time job as a Chef, which could explain why he appears to be struggling lately. I understand that Mitchell is a strong, physically imposing grappler, but Manny Bermudez doesn’t have that physically imposing aspect to his grappling and yet he was able to stack Charles Rosa from top position. Bryce Mitchell is good, but I’m not sure if he’s that good. The way that Bermudez and Mitchell were able to control Rosa from top position is a big red flag.
Charles Rosa is a grappler, and physicality is very important as a grappler because you need to be able to take guys down and hold them down. You can have the best technique in the world, but if average grapplers are able to power out of bad positions you put them in, it really doesn’t matter how good your technique is. These fighters are not competing in BJJ tournaments; they’re competing in Cage Fights, and based on Rosa’s past two performances, it looks like he’s lost a lot of athleticism and physicality during his three-year layoff.
This is a classic striker vs grappler matchup where Aguilar should have an advantage if it stays standing and a Rosa should have the advantage on the ground.
Aguilar is difficult to take down, having defended 86% of takedown attempts in his 4 fights in the UFC. His takedown defense is definitely not bulletproof, but strong wrestlers like Dan Ige and Enrique Barzola have struggled to get him to the ground.
My biggest criticism of Aguilar and the biggest risk factor to this bet is that he is weak off his back and very accepting of being on the bottom. If you do manage to get him down, he’s quite easy to control. Having said that, he did hit a reversal on Dan Ige and also looked quite strong from top position.
Charles Rosa also looks to be weak on the bottom, so Aguilar being weak on the bottom isn’t as much of a red flag for me as it usually would be. This is because I think Aguilar can have just as much success from top position as Rosa can. I also question whether Rosa has the physicality to take Aguilar down and hold him down at this stage in his career because I feel that Rosa might be on a steep decline.
If the fight stays standing, Aguilar should have the edge. Rosa has an awkward, Karate based style of striking that can give some guys problems due to the unorthodox nature of his attacks, but Aguilar’s high volume, traditional Boxing style is well suited to punishing Rosa for his poor striking defense. Rosa throws a lot of kicks off-balance, as well as sloppy, looping hooks that leave him wide open to counters. Rosa also fights with his hands low and doesn’t see the shots coming. Aguilar doesn’t give his opponent any freebies. When they land, he’s always looking to counter, and the best counter to a sloppy kick is a punch in the face. Aguilar should be able to time Rosa’s range-finding body, and leg kicks with hard stiff jabs and straight punches that snap the head back of Rosa and inflict significant damage.
Aguilar is laser-focused in the pocket. He should be able to punish Rosa when he comes in with his goofy kicks.
I think Kevin Aguilar is a decent bet in this fight because he’s tough as nails, difficult to take down, and he lands a high volume of strikes per round. If the best version we’ve ever seen of Rosa shows up, I feel Aguilar still has enough to beat that guy, but based on recent performances I have a feeling that Rosa is on a pretty steep decline and under those circumstances I could see this being a comfortable night for Aguilar.
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Reasons for betting on Kevin Aguilar
Risk Factors with betting on Kevin Aguilar
My Betting Tip
Kevin Aguilar to win
[3% of your bankroll]
Decimal = 1.59
Moneyline = -169
Fractional = 59/100
The bookies believe that Kevin Aguilar has a 63% chance of beating Charles Rosa based on their current odds.
Cynthia Calvillo vs Jessica Eye Betting Tip and Prediction
With both Jessica Eye and Cynthia Calvillo floating around even money odds, you only need to lean slightly towards either girl to find a good value bet. My rationale for betting Cynthia Calvillo in this fight is quite simple…
Jessica Eye will have a moderate advantage if this fight stays standing, whereas Cynthia Calvillo will have an enormous advantage on the ground. Calvillo should be somewhat competitive with Eye when it comes to striking, but on the ground, Calvillo should completely dominate.
Both these girls struggle to put their stamp on rounds with their striking because they both lack the power in their hands to hurt their opponents. The one thing that can differentiate these girls is grappling, and Calvillo’s grappling is on another level. She is significantly better than Eye on the ground. Calvillo can use this advantage to put dominant rounds in the bank. This gives Calvillo a huge edge over someone like Eye, who historically has struggled to leave an impression on judges. This is one of the reasons why Eye has fought to so many split decisions.
We also have to factor in the probabilities of either girl winning by finish. It’s extremely unlikely that Jessica Eye will be able to knock out or submit Calvillo, whereas it is possible that Calvillo could submit Eye.
For these reasons, I believe it’s more than fair to cap Cynthia Calvillo at 60% in this matchup, giving us a nice 8% margin over her current odds. I recommend checking out the Livestream research session for this fight for a more comprehensive breakdown of the reasons why I feel Calvillo is a solid bet at the current odds.
Calvillo has decent footwork, and she’s tough, but she doesn’t have any power in her hands, and therefore it will be unlikely that she is going to be able to back Eye up when Eye is coming forward.
There was a point in time where Cynthia Calvillo had a super high-level ground game, but lacked the wrestling to get the fight to the ground. That appeared to change in her last fight against Marina Rodriguez, where she shot excellent, deep double leg takedowns and converted them into trip takedowns when Rodriguez stuffed the initial entry.
Marina Rodriguez is a big, strong, physically imposing fighter, so if Calvillo is able to take her down, there’s a good chance she can take Eye down too. Eye’s takedown defense isn’t great, having only defended 59% of takedown attempts in the UFC.
If Calvillo takes this fight to the ground, she should completely dominate. She is lightyears ahead of Eye when it comes to grappling.
It’s also worth noting that Jessica Eye throws a lot of lazy kicks, and Calvillo does a pretty good job of catching kicks and turning them into takedowns.
Calvillo’s apparent improvements to her wrestling could be because she has moved her training from Team Alpha Male to American Kickboxing Academy. Daniel Cormier even mentioned when commentating last week’s event that Calvillo had been working on her wrestling a lot and was looking great in training.
In contrast, Jessica Eye was kicked out of her longtime gym at Strongstyle MMA in Cleveland. She has since moved to Las Vegas to train at Xtreme Couture. Xtreme Couture is a gym that is notorious for seeing fighters decline when they move to train there.
In terms of their training, Eye and Calvillo certainly seem to be on opposite trajectories where Calvillo appears to have made a good move for her career and is improving, while Eye may have taken a step backward.
I feel like this will be a competitive fight if it stays standing, but on the ground, Calvillo will dominate. That’s why I lean towards her here and see a decent amount of value in her current odds at around even money.
Reasons for betting on Cynthia Calvillo
Risk Factors with betting on Cynthia Calvillo
My Betting Tip
Cynthia Calvillo to win
[2% of your bankroll]
Decimal = 1.91
Moneyline = -110
Fractional = 91/100
The bookies believe that Cynthia Calvillo has a 52% chance of beating Jessica Eye based on their current odds.