Rafael Estevam vs Zhalgas Zhumagulov Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for UFC 288 (Estevam Proves Why He's Undefeated)

Rafael Estevam vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov betting preview for UFC 288, including predictions, odds and best bets. / AP Photo
Rafael Estevam vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov betting preview for UFC 288, including predictions, odds and best bets. / AP Photo /

Estevam vs Zhumagulov Fight Info, Date & Time

UFC 288— Early Preliminary Card Flyweight Bout
Rafael Estevam (11-0, 4 KOs) vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (14-8, 7 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

Estevam vs Zhumagulov Odds & Prop Bets

All UFC 288 odds, lines and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Rafael Estevam: (-188)
- Zhalgas Zhumagulov: (+146)

Method of Victory:
- Estevam by KO/TKO: (TBD)
- Estevam by Points: (TBD)
- Estevam by Submission: (TBD)
- Zhumagulov by KO/TKO: (TBD)
- Zhumagulov by Points: (TBD)
- Zhumagulov by Submission: (TBD)

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Estevam vs Zhumagulov Prediction

Rafael Estevam hopes to extend his undefeated ways at UFC 288. The Brazilian battler improved his flawless effort to 11-0 in his UFC debut, TKO'ing Joao Elias on Dana White's Contender Series back in September. Estevam has now knocked out three of his last four opponents.

Estevam is in the perfect position to take advantage of the slumping Zhalgas Zhumagulov. After dominating in Russia and Kazakhstan, Zhumagulov has gone an abysmal 1-5 since joining the UFC. He's currently on a three-fight skid, having lost two of those fights by split decision and one by TKO.

With the two fighters trending in opposite directions, I'm riding the hotter hand this weekend. Estevam has looked as dominant as they come and knows how to end his opponents, proven by his seven career finishes. Meanwhile, Zhumagulov looks like his best days are behind him, hardly impressing anyone since his UFC arrival.

With Zhumagulov rarely getting finished, Estevam may need to go the distance to get the job done. Nevertheless, the Brazilian flyweight will get the job done.

Winner: Rafael Estevam

Estevam vs Zhumagulov Best Bet

Unfortunately, the moneyline is the only betting option at the moment, making an Estevam outright win at -188 odds the best bet for now. Make sure to check back on FanDuel Sportsbook leading up to UFC 288 for more playable options.

Bet: Rafael Estevam to Win Outright (-188)

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