Mauricio Rua vs Ihor Potieria Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for UFC 283 (Potieria Ends Rua's Career on a Low Note)

Devon Platana
Mauricio Rua vs Ihor Potieria betting preview for UFC 283, including predictions, odds and best bets.
Mauricio Rua vs Ihor Potieria betting preview for UFC 283, including predictions, odds and best bets. / AP Photo/Gregory Payan
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Rua vs Potieria Fight Info, Date & Time

UFC 283 — Preliminary Card Light Heavyweight Bout
Mauricio Rua (27-13-0, 21 KOs) vs. Ihor Potieria (18-3-0, 8 KOs)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023
Fight Time: This will be one of the fights on the preliminary card, which begins at 8 p.m. ET.
Venue: Jeunesse Arena — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Coverage: ABC, ESPN, ESPN+

Rua vs Potieria Odds & Prop Bets

All UFC 283 odds, lines and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline:
- Mauricio Rua: (+176)
- Ihor Potieria: (-230)

Method of Victory:
- Rua by Points: (+460)
- Rua by KO/TKO: (+500)
- Rua by Submission: (+1400)
- Potieria by Points: (+500)
- Potieria by KO/TKO: (+125)
- Potieria by Submission: (+550)

Rua vs Potieria Prediction

A former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Mauricio Rua has already announced that this fight will be his last ever. The 41-year-old MMA veteran hopes to end his career on a high note after going 6-7-1 in his last 14 matchups, most recently losing to Ovince Saint Preux by split decision at UFC 274.

After winning 15 consecutive MMA bouts, Ihor Potieria's streak came to an end in his UFC PPV debut, losing to Nicolae Negumereanu by TKO. Nevertheless, Potieria has showcased the ability to finish off his opponents throughout his career, tallying 14 of his 18 career victories by either knockout or submission.

As fitting as it'd be to see Rua go out on top in his home country, this isn't a Hollywood blockbuster. Potieria is the better fighter at this stage of their respective careers and his striking will likely be too much for Rua.

Give me Potieria winning this one in enemy territory.

Rua vs Potieria Best Bet

As far as the best bet goes, I'm taking Potieria winning by KO/TKO. The 26-year-old Ukrainian averages more significant strikes per minute than Rua (4.58 vs. 3.57) with better accuracy (58% vs. 50%). Potieria also has a knack for finishing off his opponent and now gets to face Rua, who has been knocked out in four of his last 11 matchups.

As great as Rua's career has been, it's about to end on a low note.

Bet: Potieria by KO/TKO (+125)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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