UFC 283 Odds, Pick & Prediction for Gilbert Burns vs. Neil Magny: Expect This Fighter to Get Finish (Saturday, January 21)

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Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC. Pictured: UFC welterweight Neil Magny

  • Saturday's UFC 283 main card has a stellar welterweight matchup between Gilbert Burns and Neil Magny.
  • Magny has the most 170-pound victories in UFC history, but he's a big underdog to former title challenger Burns.
  • Below, Sean Zerillo breaks down the matchup and offers an even-money bet for it.

Gilbert Burns vs. Neil Magny Odds

Burns Odds
Magny Odds
2.5 (-105 / -125)
Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro
11 p.m. ET
ESPN+ Pay-per-view
Odds as of Friday and via DraftKings.

Two welterweight contenders clash on UFC 283's main card with the Gilbert Burns vs. Neil Magny matchup.

Burns, a former title challenger, looks to rebound from a competitive 2022 loss to Khamzat Chimaev when he meets Magny, the UFC's all-time wins leader at 170 pounds.

Is Burns a rightful heavy favorite, or is Magny a live 'dog?

Tale of the Tape

Avg. Fight Time11:4012:48
Weight (pounds)170 lbs.170 lbs.
Reach (inches)71"80"
Date of birth7/20/19868/3/1987
Sig Strikes Per Min3.463.62
SS Accuracy48%46%
SS Absorbed Per Min3.212.27
SS Defense54%54%
Take Down Avg2.002.43
TD Acc34%42%
TD Def47%57%
Submission Avg0.60.3

Despite standing four inches shorter, Burns has all the tools to completely dismantle Magny, despite a nine-inch reach discrepancy between the pair.

Magny struggles against offensive grapplers and leg kickers – and Burns does both of those things exceptionally well.

Burns should have a clear power advantage in the matchup too. Magny can likely jab him up from range on the feet, but if Burns enters the pocket and continually hammers that lead leg, he could turn Magny into a sitting duck for some left hooks and overhands rights.

Still, Burns – a world champion grappler – should look to wrestle proactively. Magny wins fights by jabbing up opponents and mixing in takedowns, but he'll only be able to do one of those things against Burns, an extremely dangerous submission grappler.

And Magny's long limbs often prove a detriment on the ground since opponents have more surface area to control him – or hunt for submissions.

Burns should land significantly more damage throughout the fight, given the power discrepancy, and it's difficult to envision a path to victory for Magny unless Burns' cardio ultimately falls off a cliff since Magny's cardio is potentially his greatest attribute.

Burns vs. Magny Pick

If you're looking to bet on Magny, wait until after Round 1 to bet him live; Burns should win the first round at a very high percentage.

I see value in Burns' moneyline (projected -550) and on both his KO/TKO (projected +294) and submission (projected +238) props. Furthermore, I see value in his odds of winning inside the distance (projected -121, listed +100 at BetMGM).

I'll play the finish prop and use Burns as a key parlay piece.

The Pick: Gilbert Burns wins by KO/TKO/DQ or Submission (+100 at BetMGM, 0.5u)

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