Joseph Holmes vs Claudio Ribeiro Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for UFC 288 (Finishing Ability Give Edge to Ribeiro)

Joseph Holmes vs. Claudio Ribeiro betting preview for UFC 288, including predictions, odds and best bets.
Joseph Holmes vs. Claudio Ribeiro betting preview for UFC 288, including predictions, odds and best bets. / AP Photo/Gregory Payan

Holmes vs Ribeiro Fight Info, Date & Time

UFC 288— Early Preliminary Card Middleweight Bout
Joseph Holmes (8-3, 2 KOs) vs. Claudio Ribeiro (10-3, 10 KOs)
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2023
Fight Time: This will be on the early preliminary card, which begins at 6 p.m. ET.
Venue: Prudential Center — Newark, New Jersey
Coverage: UFC Fight Pass

Holmes vs Ribeiro Odds & Prop Bets

All UFC 288 odds, lines and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Joseph Holmes: (+158)
- Claudio Ribeiro: (-205)

Method of Victory:
- Holmes by KO/TKO: (TBD)
- Holmes by Points: (TBD)
- Holmes by Submission: (TBD)
- Ribeiro by KO/TKO: (TBD)
- Ribeiro by Points: (TBD)
- Ribeiro by Submission: (TBD)

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Holmes vs Ribeiro Prediction

Joseph Holmes' UFC run has been mixed, to say the least. After a 7-1 start to his MMA career, Holmes has gone 1-2 since his UFC debut. His latest loss occurred in his most recent outing, falling to Jun Yong Park via second-round submission at UFC Vegas 63. It was also the first time that he's been finished in his career.

On the other side, Claudio Ribeiro hopes to bounce back after Abdul Razak Alhassan knocked him out at UFC Vegas 67. Before that loss, Ribeiro was on a six-fight winning streak that saw him knock out each opponent he faced. It's up to him to prove whether or not that loss was a fluke.

With both fighters coming off losses, I see Ribeiro returning to the win column. On top of his impressive finishing ability, Ribeiro also averages more significant strikes per minute (3.91) with better accuracy (62%) than Holmes (3.10 and 51%, respectively).

Considering how each of Ribeiro's 10 career wins has come by KO/TKO while Holmes was finished in his last fight, I like the former's chances of getting back on track.

Winner: Claudio Ribeiro

Holmes vs Ribeiro Best Bet

Unfortunately, the moneyline is the only betting option at the moment, making a Ribeiro outright win at -205 odds the best bet for now. Make sure to check back on FanDuel Sportsbook leading up to UFC 288 for more playable options.

Bet: Claudio Ribeiro to Win Outright (-205)

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