UFC Fight Night 184: Overeem vs. Volkov Betting Odds and Markets

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UFC Fight Night: Alistair Overeem v Alexander Volkov

The UFC cards continue to come thick and fast.

Next on our main event list to tackle is the heavyweight clash between Alistair Overeem v Alexander Volkov on February 6.

Taking place at the Apex in Las Vegas, expect fireworks to fly in this bout. Also taking place on the card is bantamweight bout between the bright prospect in Cory Sandhagen and the now-veteran Frankie Edgar - you can read our Sandhagen v Edgar preview here.

See below for our breakdown of the main event.

What This Fight means for the UFC Heavyweight division

The heavyweight division in the UFC certainly needs spicing up, and the new arrival of Jon Jones will hopefully do just that.

It’s recently been announced that the former Light Heavyweight champion will ‘probably’ face the winner of the Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou rematch, which has been scheduled for March 27.

Outside these names, the division has become a little stagnant, but one man has recently been trying to make a surge. At 40-years-young, Alistair Overeem is 4-1 from his last five, with the one defeat being highly contested.

All four victories have come in emphatic fashion - all have been via TKO/KO, three of which in the opening two rounds. The heavy-hitting American is making a late push in his 21-year career for one last title challenge, and next faces the 6th ranked Alexander Volkov.

The Russian fought twice last year, losing out on points to the wrestling based Curtis Blaydes, before comfortably putting away Walt Harris, on the Khabib - Justin Gaethje card.

From their credentials, both fighters are no doubt top five calibre in the rankings, but a win from either is unlikely to guarantee them the next title shot. Like Volkov, Overeem has also tasted defeat to Blaydes within the last two years, putting the 29-year-old in line for the potential winner of Jones v Stipe/Ngannou.

A long queue is being formed in the division, and hopefully we can see a few contests for the belt, in 2021. If Overeem or Volkov are to push ahead, they will both need a win on February 6th.

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Fight Odds and Matchup

Heavyweight bouts rarely go to the floor, and we aren’t expecting much wrestling from either man in the main event.

Both kickboxers by trade, the two fighters prefer to stand and throw. Overeem is more identified for his KO power, with Volkov being the more calucatled and crisp striker, although his ability to finish opponents should not go unnoticed.

Standing at 6ft 7inches, the Russian tends to be an imposing figure, staying at range and doing his best work from the outside. He’ll look to manoeuvre out of any frantic exchanges, and avoid another Derrick Lewis-like KO.

On paper, he is the more likely to be the active fighter, working the spaces and keeping Overeem on his toes. Such an approach usually sees him ahead on the judge’s scorecards, with Volkov being granted the tag as the betting favourite at 1/2 for the upcoming bout.

His opponent is relatively larger at 13/8, a rather generous price given the American’s recent surge. Age no doubt plays its factor in this regard, and perhaps the bookmakers think his best days remain behind him.

In terms of match-ups, it isn’t necessarily a nightmare for either. We predict Volkov to try and wear down the American, who will be looking to close that gap wherever possible. A finish could be on the cards in the later rounds, and we will update this piece when further odds are released.

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