The UFC schedule continues to be stacked with great events seemingly every weekend. Following a historic London event, the UFC is back in front of a live crowd for a ‘Fight Night’ card. Holly Holm is making her return to the octagon as she is set to face Yana Santos.
Both women haven’t been very active in the last few years. This is a massive fight for both their careers.
For the full Holm vs Santos betting prediction, take a look at the betting analysis and preview for this bantamweight bout, and decide for yourself if you agree with the assessment.
Holly Holm vs. Yana Santos Information
UFC Fight Night: Holly Holm vs Yana Santos
Location of the fight: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas, United States.
Date and Time: March 25, 2023. 7:00 PM ET.
How to Watch: ESPN+
Holly Holm vs. Yana Santos Last Fight Record
Holly Holm lost her last fight via split decision to Ketlen Vieira in May of 2022, which was her first fight since 2020.
Yana Santos had not competed since the summer of 2021 when she suffered a TKO loss in the first round at the hands of Irene Aldana.
Holly Holm vs. Yana Santos Betting Analysis
Holly Holm Facts to Know
There is no question that Holly Holm is a UFC legend and a pioneer for women’s combat sports. From her career as a professional boxer to her historic championship career in the MMA, she doesn’t have anything else to prove at 41 years old.
She’s 14-6 in her MMA career, with an impressive eight KO victories under her belt. Holm hasn’t won inside the distance since 2017, though. Out of her southpaw stance, Holm averages 3.24 significant strikes landed per minute while only absorbing 2.86.
Yana Santos Facts to Know
Yana Santos is coming off a long break from competing after giving birth to her first child with former UFC star Thiago Santos. The Russian-born martial artist has an identical 14-6 record and also with eight finishes (seven KO, one SUB).
Santos throws a higher volume of strikes than Holm, averaging 4.28 significant strikes landed per minute while absorbing only 2.94. To add to her impressive striking numbers, she also has an average of 1.53 takedowns landed per 15 minutes in the octagon.
No injuries were reported to the TDLR.
Holly Holm vs. Yana Santos Betting Preview
UFC odds have Holm as the -225 betting favorite right now at the start of fight week. Holm is most likely to retire after any fight from now on in her career. But, she still plans on making a run at the bantamweight title.
With the bantamweight division being very thin with new contenders, both of these women have a massive opportunity with an impressive performance this weekend.
Not many major sportsbooks have lines available for this bout right now; not sure what the reason is. But we do know the moneyline is going to be around -225 for Holm and +185 for the underdog Santos.
Yana Santos is Coming from Childbirth
Santos is coming off of childbirth, something that only female fighters would have to deal with in their careers. There are a lot of factors involved in returning to fighting at an elite level after your body goes through that.
Holm has her own battles to get through this weekend with her age and recent performances. With the fight being in front of a Texas crowd, that might be all she needs to get that fighting spirit out of herself this weekend. That is a massive factor when coming up with the Holm vs Santos betting prediction.
Holly Holm vs. Yana Santos Betting Prediction
This is an interesting fight to make a prediction on. This fight proves how tough UFC picks can be to make. Holm seems to be the outright favorite and the best bet for you this weekend.
As for the official Holm vs Santos betting prediction, it would have to be Holm getting her hand raised in a decision. There is a high chance that this will be a slow-paced fight and will drag onto a decision.
After being in the UFC news for an interesting reason, having a baby not very long after competing in the octagon, it is going to be tough for Santos to get back to her highest potential now at age 33.