A key welterweight matchup at the PFL regular season event this weekend is this one between Magomed Umalatov and Nayib Lopez. Both of these new PFL upcoming contenders are undefeated in professional MMA. And will see who is the better man on Friday night in that cage.
Read along for the complete Umalatov vs Lopez betting analysis and prediction ahead of placing your bets for this week’s event.
Umalatov vs. Lopez Information
Magomed Umalatov vs Nayib Lopez
Location of the fight: OVERTIME Elite Arena, Atlanta, GA.
Date and Time: Friday, June 23, 2023. 9:00 PM ET.
How to Watch: ESPN+
Last Fight Record
Umalatov is coming off a win in his last fight this past April over Dilano Taylor.
Lopez also won in April, which was his PFL debut. He beat Shane Mitchell via unanimous decision in that contest.
Umalatov vs. Lopez Betting Analysis
Umalatov is a Russian martial artist with a 13-0 professional MMA record with 12 finishes. He showcases endless cardio with power in his hands and great wrestling if he needs to bring it out to get the job done.
The only issue with analyzing Umalatov is he barely has any statistics record; all of his fights end so quickly with only a short amount of strikes thrown. He hasn’t had to use takedown defense, or anything else in his career.
Lopez is a tough, dangerous Mexican fighter out of Mexico City that also has an undefeated record of 16-0 with 7 finishes. With a big 6’3” frame, he uses his length and boxing skills very well in the MMA cage.
He has shown great wrestling ability in his PFL debut. He landed 7/9 takedowns and also mixed in leg kicks–landing 20/24. Lopez seems like a very good fighter that will give Umalatov one of his toughest tests to date.
Injuries & Updates
No injuries have been reported to the PFL.
Over 12 fighters have been suspended by the PFL due to banned substances, according to multiple MMA news sources.
Umalatov vs. Lopez Betting Preview
Even though Lopez is an undefeated fighter with a lot of skill, he still comes into this fight as the +600 underdog. The dominant Umalatov is the massive -900 betting favorite. There should never be a -900 favorite in MMA at this level, but the oddsmakers must know something we don’t.
An interesting betting line is the over 1.5 rounds at -130. This is pretty good value for a guy like Lopez to survive half of the fight. You don’t even have to risk longshot odds and get a solid return from the bet.
The Umalatov vs Lopez betting analysis is tough to put together because of the lack of information. And then on top of that, there is such a massive gap in skillset according to the sportsbooks.
If you ever bet on MMA and want to be successful, you need to take your time and learn as much as possible about both athletes fighting each other. In this case, it makes your job harder because of the lack of information on both guys.
Magomed Umalatov vs. Nayib Lopez Betting Prediction
After looking at this PFL event on the MMA schedule this week, it’s clear to see there is a lot of uncertainty in betting picks. This is just one of many big betting favorites, and that makes it so there isn’t much value in any quality picks to be made.
- The official Umalatov vs Lopez betting prediction is that Umalatov is going to get his hand raised on Friday night and come away with a victory.
For the best bet possible, you can take the over 1.5 rounds, or even take the prop bet for this fight, going the distance at +275.
+275 is amazing odds to cheer on this fight to last the full 15 minutes. Lopez has plenty of skill and toughness to take Umalatov the distance.