Mike Malott vs Yohan Lainesse Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for UFC Vegas 70 (Malott Puts on a Show in Las Vegas)

Larry Rupp
Mike Malott vs Yohan Lainesse betting preview for UFC Vegas 70, including predictions, odds and best bets.
Mike Malott vs Yohan Lainesse betting preview for UFC Vegas 70, including predictions, odds and best bets. / AP Photo/Gregory Payan

Malott vs Lainesse Fight Info, Date & Time

UFC Vegas 70 — Main Card Welterweight Bout
Mike Malott (8-1-1, 4 KOs) vs. Yohan Lainesse (9-1-0, 6 KOs)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023
Fight Time: This will be one of the fights on the main card, which begins at 8 p.m. ET.
Venue: UFC Apex — Las Vegas, NV
Coverage: ESPN+, PPV

Malott vs Lainesse Odds & Prop Bets

All UFC Vegas 70 odds, lines and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Mike Malott: (-250)
- Yohan Lainesse: (+190)

Method of Victory:
- Malott by KO/TKO: (N/A)
- Malott by Points: (N/A)
- Malott by Submission: (N/A)
- Lainesse by KO/TKO: (N/A)
- Lainesse by Points: (N/A)
- Lainesse by Submission: (N/A)

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Malott vs Lainesse Prediction

Mike Mallot wasted no time showing UFC fans what he is all about as he defeated Mickey Gall via knockout during his debut in April. The 6-foot-1 fighter has showcased an ability to land punches early and often as he averages 5.02 significant strikes landed per minute at a 40% accuracy rate.

On the other side, Yohan Lainesse opened his UFC career with a loss to Gabe Green (KO/TKO) before he bounced back with a split decision win over Darian Weeks in September of 2022. The Canadian can knock out his opponent with a single punch, but is not always able to find the opening to do so.

This bout is likely going to be closer than the odds indicate, but Mallot is by no means a wrongful favorite here. The 31-year-old hasn't lost a professional fight since 2014 and can hold his own if this one turns into a grappling matchup, too. That kind of versatility should allow hime to come out on top.

I'll side with Mike Mallot to emerge victorious.

Malott vs Lainesse Best Bet

There's not a ton of value in backing Malott as a -250 favorite here as it would take a large wager to bring back a solid payout. Shifting gears to the method of victory is a logical move to make. Four of Malott's eight professional wins have come via knockout as he possesses a dangerous left hook.

Lainesse has already suffered one loss via knockout in the UFC and averages 3.66 strikes absorbed per minute. That kind of wear and tear will catch up if Lainesse is even able to make it into the later rounds of the bout. Fatigue tends to be a reason why fighters leave spots open that they usually don't.

Bet: Mike Malott by KO/TKO (TBD)

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