If you’re a mixed martial arts fan and betting aficionado that is looking for some value prior to the organization’s huge UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor card that takes place on October 6, then consider your ticket punched. I’ve got an expert pick on the intriguing heavyweight matchup between veterans, Mark Hunt and Oleksiy Oliynyk.

The pair will get it on in the octagon on Saturday during UFC Fight Night 136 at Olimpiyskiy Stadium. Now, let’s find out which fighter is offering the best betting value against their respective MMA betting odds.

Event Information

UFC Fight Night 136: Hunt vs. Oliynyk
When: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Where: Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Russia
MMA Odds: Oleynik +219 / Hunt -261
TV: UFC Fight Pass

Mark Hunt (13-12-1)

44-year-old New Zealand native Mark Hunt stands 5’10” with a 74-inch reach. The kick-boxing specialist has lost two of his last three fights and comes into this affair off a unanimous decision loss to Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221 in February. Hunt is an uninspiring 3-3 over his last six fights. Hunt has recorded 10 wins via KO and three via decision while suffering five KO losses, six submission defeats and 1 decision loss in his career. Each of Hunt’s last six victories has come by way of knockout. This will be Hunt’s first career fight in Russia.

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Oleksiy Oliynyk (56-11-1)

41-year-old Ukranian Oleksiy Oliynyk stands 6’1” and has an 80-inch reach. The Jiu-Jitsu specialist has won three of his last four fights and comes into this affair off a first-round submission (Ezekiel Choke) win over Junior Albini at UFC 224 in May. The win came after Oliynyk was stopped at UFC 217 by Curtis Blaydes via second-round doctor stoppage in November. Oliynyk has recorded six of his career wins via KO, a whopping 46 via submission and four by way of decision. He’s also suffered five KO losses in his career, two via submission and four by way of decision.

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Prediction

While Mark Hunt has the ‘bigger’ name and more household recognition in this matchup, I’m going to advise you to back Oleksiy Oliynyk to get the win in his own backyard. If this fight stays standing up for the vast majority of it, then the big edge goes to Hunt, who is definitely the superior striker in this bout. However, if it goes to the ground like I suspect it will at some point, then Oliynyk and his far superior submission skillset are the easy picks to get the win.

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I know Oliynyk struggles against technically sound fighters that refuse to fall for his submission tactics, but Mark Hunt is not a technical fighter in any sense of the word. I’m going with the underdog in this fight. Oliynyk is coming off a first-round submission in which he landed 10 strikes and earned performance of the night honors. Oliynyk has produced finishes in each of his last 15 victories and I’m going to back him to submit Mark Hunt in this affair.

Pick: Oleksiy Oliynyk Via second Round Submission (Guillotine Choke)

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