Paul Craig vs. Johnny Walker Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for UFC 283 (Can Craig Pull Off Upset in Brazil?)

Devon Platana
Paul Craig vs Johnny Walker betting preview for UFC 283, including predictions, odds and best bets.
Paul Craig vs Johnny Walker betting preview for UFC 283, including predictions, odds and best bets. / AP Photos/Gregory Payan
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Craig vs Walker Fight Info, Date & Time

UFC 283 — Main Card Light Heavyweight Bout
Paul Craig (16-5-1, 3 KOs) vs. Johnny Walker (19-7-0, 15 KOs)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023
Fight Time: This will be one of the final fights on the main card, which begins at 10 p.m. ET.
Venue: Jeunesse Arena — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Coverage: ESPN+, PPV

Craig vs Walker Odds & Prop Bets

All UFC 283 odds, lines and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline:
- Paul Craig: (+162)
- Johnny Walker: (-210)

Method of Victory:
- Craig by KO/TKO: (+950)
- Craig by Points: (+900)
- Craig by Submission: (+340)
- Walker by KO/TKO: (-135)
- Walker by Points: (+750)
- Walker by Submission: (+1400)

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Craig vs Walker Prediction

This is a light heavyweight fight between two fighters heading in opposite directions. On one hand, Paul Craig is 5-1-1 in his last seven fights. However, he enters the weekend following a unanimous decision loss to Volkan Oezdemir back at UFC London.

On the other hand, Johnny Walker has tasted defeat in four of his last six outings, getting knocked out twice in that span. He did manage to defeat Ion Cuțelaba by submission at UFC 279, though, leaving time to tell if that was a one-off win or a sign of things to come.

Even though Craig has had more success lately, it's hard to go against Walker. On top of being five years younger than his opponent, Walker is also three inches taller than Craig with a six-inch reach advantage as well. With impressive knockout ability, the former could end this bout quickly.

Expect Walker to pick up the win after a strong start out of the gate.

Craig vs Walker Best Bet

There isn't a ton of value to be had with an outright Walker victory, so I'm looking to the method section again. The 30-year-old rarely wins by submission and with FanDuel favoring that the fight won't go the distance at -700 odds, I like Walker winning by KO/TKO.

After all, Walker is 15-4 in his career when his fights end by knockout. He also has eight KO/TKO victories in his last 14 outings and now gets to face Craig, who's been knocked out three times in his career and doesn't have the best striking. It's safe to say that's a recipe for success for Walker.

Bet: Walker by KO/TKO (-135)


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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