Gaethje and Holloway Set for Epic Showdown: UFC 300 Braces for Historic BMF Title Defense

At UFC 300, a historic moment is on the horizon with the potential first-ever successful defense of the BMF title. This hinges on the outcome of the much-anticipated bout between Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway, as predicted by the betting odds.

Justin Gaethje, who secured the BMF belt with a remarkable second-round knockout against Dustin Poirier last July, is gearing up for a challenging defense against ex-featherweight champion Max Holloway. The showdown is set for April 13 at the famed T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

DraftKings.com’s initial betting lines indicate a preference for Gaethje, pricing him at -225. This implies that a stake of $225 in Gaethje could bring a $100 profit. On the other side, Holloway stands as the +185 underdog, with a $100 wager on “Blessed” potentially returning $185.

Following his triumph over Poirier, Gaethje was eyeing a shot at the lightweight title against Islam Makhachev. However, Dana White’s announcement of a title eliminator between Charles Oliveira and Arman Tsarukyan left questions about Gaethje’s next move.

A victory for Gaethje would not only mark him as the inaugural defender of the BMF title but also extend his winning run to three fights. He enters the April 13 contest with back-to-back wins over Poirier and Rafael Fiziev.

For Holloway, this marks his second venture into the lightweight division in his UFC career. Despite being widely recognized as the top featherweight contender, aside from Alexander Volkanovski, Holloway’s record is peculiar. He has consistently outperformed other top fighters but has a 0-3 record against the current champion, placing him in a unique position within the division.

In a turn of events from October, Holloway, who had been pushing for a fight against Gaethje, will now face him in what is only the third BMF title fight in history at UFC 300.

The UFC 300 card is packed with exciting matchups:

  • Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway for the BMF title
  • Zhang Weili vs. Yan Xiaonan for the strawweight title
  • Charles Oliveira vs. Arman Tsarukyan
  • Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Cody Garbrandt
  • Bobby Green vs. Jim Miller
  • Jiri Prochazka vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Calvin Kattar vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Cody Brundage vs. Bo Nickal

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