UFC St. Louis Gambling Review: Will Derrick Lewis Add Another Knockout to His UFC Record?

UVK 301 is in the books, which means he's heading to St. Louis!

UFC St. Louis takes place this Saturday at the Gateway to the West Enterprise Center, headlined by a heavyweight bout between Derrick Lewis And Rodrigo Nascimento, as well as 12 other fights. Can Lewis add to his UFC knockout record and what are the best bets to place this weekend? Let's dive in.

As always, all chances are provided by our friends at Bookmaker DraftKings.

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Direct bets

Chase Hooper (+120)

I don't think Hooper should be the underdog in this fight. Vyacheslav Borshchev is a more physical fighter and a much better striker, but “Slava Klaus” is an exceptionally poor fighter on defense, and Hooper has a huge advantage on the floor. This is as simple a fight as you can imagine, with Hooper surviving on his feet and getting takedowns. From here everything should be formulaic. And as Hooper continues to develop as a fighter and just grow into his body, it will become increasingly easier for him to win fights like this.

Tabatha Ricci (-135)

I'm calling this fight “Shark Tank” as “Baby Shark” Ricci takes on “Little Tornado” Tecia Pennington (née Torres). And in the cinematic masterpiece that was Sharknado, sharks were more important in this story. Sure, the tornadoes were devastating, but without the sharks this movie is just Twister. Sharks made a movie, and “Shark” makes this fight.

Yes, that's all I'm going to do in this match.

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Prop bets

Derrick Lewis will win by knockout/technical knockout/disqualification (-135)

Reports that Lewis washed ashore have been greatly exaggerated. Lewis is certainly not the same fighter he was at the peak of his powers, but his recent poor form is truly a testament to how fighters age. When you go over a hill, your weaknesses become more acute. Lewis had always been an underwhelming wrestler, relying more on his fitness than technique, and as that declined, more people took advantage. But Nascimento isn't that kind of guy. This is the one who was knocked out by Chris Daukaus, and I believe Lewis can do the same. You won't get much use out of these props, but every little bit helps.

Robelis Despain Win by knockout/technical knockout/disqualification (-165)

Whenever you have a chance to place a minus bet on a 35-year-old heavyweight with just five professional fights, you should do it.

But seriously, I love Despain. We're talking about an Olympic taekwondo medalist who is just huge and kills people in a matter of seconds. Since his professional debut, Despain is 4-0 with a total fight time of 37 seconds! What's not to love?

Moreover, Waldo Cortez-Acosta is not very good. He's doing fine in the current era of UFC heavyweights, but the man is a boxer who doesn't really knock people out all that often. Give me the Big Booper for the day.

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Express of the week

As always, I love this trick. And while there are three St. Louis fighters competing in this tournament, only two of them are viable betting fodder (sorry, but I just can't trust Charles Johnson). I had no choice but to pair them up.

Joaquin Buckley (-130)

I am convinced that this fight will not actually happen. Both Buckley and Nursulton Ruziboev competed five weeks ago at UFC Atlantic City, and while it shouldn't be a big deal for Buckley, Ruziboev is now moving up to welterweight. That's a big task for a 6-foot-5 man, even under the best of circumstances, let alone a quick turnaround.

Ruziboev has somehow gained weight (I know he has competed at welterweight many times before) but I still think it will do him more harm than good. Ruziboev is a cunning and good fighter, but if he comes here in a reduced form, it will be difficult to resist such a powerful guy like Buckley, who is also reaching his fighting peak.

Shawn Woodson (-218)

Alex Caceres is a tall order for anyone, but this should be Woodson's ticket to the top 15. Caceres is a little older and a little slower, and he's never been a super-bulky fighter. Caceres is more of a jack-of-all-trades type of guy, and that doesn't sit well against Woodson, who should be good on the feet and more than good enough as a wrestler to keep things afloat. I expect Woodson to beat Caceres cleanly.

Combine these two bets and you get odds of +158.


We were defeated at UFC 301. We managed to pick the underdog Jose Aldo, but were missing all the props (though if there's a silver lining, I was on the right side of all of them). Well. It's in St. Louis!

Until next week, enjoy the fights, good luck and play responsibly!

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