Derek Brunson vs Dricus du Plessis Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for UFC 285 ("Stillknocks" Eyes Another Finish)

Derek Brunson vs Dricus du Plessis Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for UFC 285 ("Stillknocks" Eyes Another Finish)


Brunson vs du Plessis Fight Info, Date & Time

UFC 285 — Preliminary Card Middleweight Bout
Derek Brunson (23-8, 12 KOs) vs. Dricus du Plessis (18-2, 7 KOs)
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
Fight Time: This will be on the preliminary card, which begins at 8 p.m. ET.
Venue: T-Mobile Arena — Paradise, Nevada
Coverage: ESPN+, PPV

Brunson vs du Plessis Odds & Prop Bets

All UFC 285 odds, lines and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Derek Brunson: (+186)
- Dricus du Plessis: (-235)

Method of Victory:
- Brunson by KO/TKO: (+600)
- Brunson by Points: (+460)
- Brunson by Submission: (+1200)
- du Plessis by KO/TKO: (+125)
- du Plessis by Points: (+460)
- du Plessis by Submission: (+500)

Brunson vs du Plessis Prediction

Derek Brunson was on a roll from 2019 to 2021, winning five straight fights before Jared Cannonier brought him back down to earth with a KO loss at UFC 271. Meanwhile, Dricus du Plessis has rattled off six consecutive victories, finishing five of those opponents. His last outing saw him submit Darren Till at UFC 282.

Although both men have had a fair amount of recent success, I'm going with du Plessis' hot hand. He's demonstrated tremendous finishing ability and averages 6.62 significant strikes per minute, which is bad news for Brunson, who's been knocked out in three of his last eight fights.

Expect du Plessis to leave 'Sin City' with another victory under his belt.

Winner: Dricus du Plessis

Brunson vs du Plessis Best Bet

With Brunson getting knocked out in his last outing, it's hard not to take du Plessis by KO/TKO at +125. After all, that wasn't the first time in his career that Brunson was knocked out, as he'd suffered six previous KO/TKO losses as well.

Taking into account that three of du Plessis' last six wins have come via KO/TKO, I expect that trend to continue against a vulnerable opponent.

Bet: Dricus du Plessis by KO/TKO (+125)

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