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UFC Fight Night 147 Betting Preview: Leon Edwards Looks to Disarm Gunnar Nelson

Mar 15, 2019 6:30 PM EDT
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USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: UFC fighters Gunnar Nelson (left) and Leon Edwards (right).

UFC Fight Night 147 betting odds: Leon Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson

  • Leon Edwards -135
  • Gunnar Nelson +110
  • Fight Time: Approx. 6:00 ET
  • Channel: ESPN+

For the second event in a row, the co-main event features ranked welterweights looking to break into the top tier of the division. This time, No. 10 Leon Edwards (16-3) rides a six-fight winning streak into his bout against No. 13 Gunnar Nelson (17-3-1).

Oddsmakers have this pegged as a relatively close contest, but I believe this clash of styles clearly favors one of these fighters.

How Edwards Can Win

Over the past few years, Leon “Rocky” Edwards has quietly put together one of the best records in the UFC’s welterweight division. The Ultimate Training Centre-based fighter is 8-2 in the UFC and has won his past six in a row.

Fighting out of Birmingham, England, Edwards made his UFC debut in 2014, losing a very controversial split decision to Claudio Silva. Since then, current 170-pound champion Kamaru Usman is the only man to best Edwards.

Edwards entered the UFC predominately as a striker. He appeared to be most comfortable at kickboxing range and was able to edge his opponents out with volume on the feet. This approach worked prior to Edwards’s matchup with Usman.

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