Michelle Waterson vs Luana Pinheiro Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for UFC 287 (Waterson Can't Stop Surging Pinheiro)

Michelle Waterson vs Luana Pinheiro Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for UFC 287 (Waterson Can't Stop Surging Pinheiro)


Waterson vs Pinheiro Fight Info, Date & Time

UFC 287 — Preliminary Card Women's Strawweight Bout
Michelle Waterson (18-10, 3 KOs) vs. Luana Pinheiro (10-1, 2 KOs)
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2023
Fight Time: This will be on the preliminary card, which begins at 8 p.m. ET.
Venue: Miami-Dade Arena — Miami, Florida
Coverage: ESPN+, ESPN

Waterson vs Pinheiro Odds & Prop Bets

All UFC 287 odds, lines and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Michelle Waterson: (+138)
- Luana Pinheiro: (-178)

Method of Victory:
- Waterson by KO/TKO: (+1800)
- Waterson by Points: (+200)
- Waterson by Submission: (+1000)
- Pinheiro by KO/TKO: (+950)
- Pinheiro by Points: (+110)
- Pinheiro by Submission: (+700)

Waterson vs Pinheiro Prediction

Michelle Waterson heads into UFC 287 with a 1-4 record in her previous five fights, most recently losing to Amanda Lemos by submission back in July. She must figure out how to bounce back against Luana Pinheiro, who won her eighth consecutive outing with a unanimous decision win against Sam Hughes in her latest endeavor.

Pinheiro's submission skills will lead her to a victory this weekend. Four of her last eight wins have come by submission and now she gets to face Waterson, who only has a 67% takedown defense rate and has already been submitted four times in her career.

Considering how Waterson couldn't even last two full rounds before submitting to Lemos, I see Pinheiro's winning streak continuing on Saturday in South Beach.

Winner: Luana Pinheiro

Waterson vs Pinheiro Best Bet

Even though I could easily see Pinheiro submitting Waterson, FanDuel Sportsbook favors that this fight will go the distance at -330 odds. Keeping that in mind, I'm casting a wider net by backing Pinheiro to win by either submission or points at -145 odds. That way we're covered if she pulls off yet another finish or if Waterson somehow survives the attack and reaches the time limit.

Bet: Luana Pinheiro to Win by Submission or Points (-145)

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