UFC Vegas 41 betting preview: Marvin Vettori backed to bounce back

Planet Sport picks a trio of bets ahead of UFC's latest card at Las Vegas this weekend, including a crossroads fight in the main event.

For the sixth straight week, the UFC is hosting another event live from the UFC Apex. Last weekend at UFC Fight Night, Aspen Ladd inflicted the first defeat of Norma Dumont's career via decision.

This weekend Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori are the headliners for UFC Vegas 41 - a bout which was originally scheduled to be a middleweight clash but has since been moved to a catchweight of 195lbs after Costa was unable to make the weight limit.

Vettori agreed to the late change in weight and later said his Brazilian opponent looked overweight going into the battle.

There's plenty of fights down the card for fans to get excited about too so with that being said, Planet Sport will take you through our UFC betting tips for UFC Vegas 41 via Planet Sport Bet.

When: October 23, main card starts 9.00pm BST

Where: UFC APEX, Las Vegas

How to watch: ESPN / BT Sport 2

Paulo Costa vs Marvin Vettori

Paulo Costa

Both fighters are previous victims to middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. Paulo Costa lost the bout via TKO (punches and elbows) in the second round while Vettori lasted the full five rounds but was on the wrong end of a decision.

Vettori - nicknamed the "Italian Dream" is the current favourite for the bout at around 4/7.

Until his most recent defeat to Adesanya - the second loss to the Nigerian-born New Zealander - Vettori was on a five-fight winning streak, including a Fight of the Night win against Jack Hermansson in December. His last three fights have all gone the full 25 minutes so it appears stamina will be no issue for the 28-year-old.

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As for Costa, this fight falls in his favour if he can get Vettori out quick (which nobody has managed to do).

The Brazilian - who is returning to the octagon for the first time since a sole MMA defeat to Adesanya in September 2020 - has a 13-1 record with all of his wins coming inside the distance. However, he has fought just three times in as many years so ring rust could come into play here.

Our tip for this one is to go with Marvin Vettori to win. If the Italian can make it through Costa's early attacks, he should win this via decision.

Jessica-Rose Clark vs Joselyne Edwards

Jessica-Rose Clark

The only women's fight on the main card is Jessica-Rose Clark battling Joselyne Edwards in the women's bantamweight division. Expect a lot of kicking.

Jessica-Rose Clark is returning to the octagon after recovering from an ACL injury that required surgery.

And she returns as the favourite after winning her last matchup against Sarah Alper via TKO in September 2020. Clark is 3-2 in the UFC but holds victories over big names such as Paige Vanzant and Bec Rawlings and her last performance was a return to form for her.

Making her third UFC appearance, Edwards has a split record in the UFC so far. She was victorious in her debut over Yanan Wu at the start of the year but fell to defeat a month later against Karol Rosa by decision.

Edwards is a rangy striker and has success fighting from a distance. If there is one part of her work she needs to improve on then it's her takedowns inside the cage.

"La Pantera" hasn't faced anybody with the experience and resume of her opponent and based off that, we're backing Clarke to do the business.

Alex Caceres vs Choi Seung-Woo

Alex Caceres

The final fight on our trio of tips is a showdown between Alex Caceres and Choi Seung-Woo in the featherweight division.

Caceres is one of the longest-serving members of the UFC roster. The man nicknamed 'Bruce Leeroy' has been with the company since his appearances on The Ultimate Fighter in 2011.

However, his UFC tenure has been turbulent. His record dropped as low as 14-12 but he enters his fight with Woo on a four-fight win streak. By far the best spell of his career, Caceres could face a ranked opponent if he wins his bout on Saturday.

As for Seung-Woo, he has strung together a winning streak of his own. The Korean featherweight is on a three-fight winning streak, including winning two in 2021. Woo will be looking to keep his 2021 unbeaten streak alive when he faces the more UFC tested Caceres.

Both struggle when it comes to grappling so expect this to be an entertaining stand up brawl in Las Vegas. Based off Seung Woo's most recent win over Julian Erosa, we're going to back Choi Seung-Woo in this one.

You can back Vettori, Clark, and Woo with Planet Sport Bet as a triple with £10 returning £37.

By Kieran Lawler

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