Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez Odds and Prediction

Max Holloway is set to return to the Octagon for the second time in 2021.
Max Holloway is set to return to the Octagon for the second time in 2021. / Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

UFC fans were given a treat the past two weeks, with back-to-back stacked events which was capped off with an electric main event between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington at UFC 268.

The promotion continues it's 2021 schedule this week with a free card that's headlined by former featherweight champion Max Holloway (22-6) against Yair Rodriguez 13-2 (1 NC). A heavyweight tilt between Ben Rothwell (39-13) and Marcos Rogerio de Lima (18-7-1) will serve as the co-main event.

Here are the odds for both the main card and prelim fights, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.

UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Rodriguez Main Card Odds

  • Max Holloway (-650) vs Yair Rodriguez (+470)
  • Ben Rothwell (-150) vs Marcos Rogerio de Lima (+130)
  • Felicia Spencer (-300) vs Leah Letson (+238)
  • Roman Dolidze (+175) vs Kyle Daukaus (-220)
  • Song Yadong (-135) vs Julio Arce (+115)

UFC Fight Night Holloway vs. Rodriguez Prelim Odds

  • Thiago Moises (-255) vs Joel Alvarez (+200)
  • Cynthia Calvillo (-120) vs Andrea Lee (+100)
  • Miguel Baeza (-135) vs Khaos Williams (+115)
  • Sean Woodson (-320) vs Collin Anglin (+245)
  • Cortney Casey (-235) vs Liana Jojua (+185)
  • Marc Diakiese (-185) vs Rafael Alves (+155)
  • Kennedy Nzechukwu (-105) vs Da Un Jung (-115)

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Holloway vs. Rodriguez Prediction and Pick

Max Holloway is a true number one contender in the featherweight division since losing his belt to Alexander Volkanovski. The division is Volkanovski and Holloway, and then a massive drop off to the next best fighters. There's a reason why he's the -650 (bet $650 to profit $100) favorite in this fight, and he's deserving of that price.

If you don't want to lay the -650 juice, the smart move would be to find a "method of victory" prop bet that you like instead. WynnBET has yet to release the odds on that, but Holloway to win via KO/TKO would be a solid bet to make. Rodriguez has suffered two losses in his professional MMA career, and they both came via KO/TKO.

His latest loss came to Frankie Edgar, when he was stopped via doctor stoppage at the end of the second round. This will be the first time since his win against Chan Sung Jung in 2018 that he'll have to go for a full five round fight, and he looked sluggish at this end of that bout.

If Holloway can keep up his blistering pace that he's utilized in the past, I envision Rodriguez getting overwhelmed and the referee stepping in to stop the fight.

Pick: Holloway (-650) via KO/TKO