O'Malley vs. Vera 2 odds, UFC 299 predictions, lines, time: Best bets on the Miami fight card from MMA expert

Sean O’Malley will try to solidify his status as one of UFC’s biggest stars when he defends his bantamweight championship on Saturday at UFC 299. His fight against fifth-ranked challenger Marlon Vera is the main event of the UFC 299 fight card, which starts at 10 p.m. ET. Vera is the only fighter to hand O’Malley a loss in his UFC career, as he beat him via TKO at UFC 252 in 2020. O’Malley has rallied for five wins and one no contest since that bout. Vera is 5-2 since his win at UFC 252, with a loss to Cory Sandhagen last March dropping him in the bantamweight rankings. 

O’Malley is a -280 favorite (risk $280 to win $100), while Vera is a +230 underdog (risk $100 to win $230) in the latest UFC 299: O’Malley vs. Vera 2 odds. In the co-main event, rising lightweight contender Benoit Saint Denis (-230) meets former interim champion Dustin Poirier (+190). Before locking in your UFC 299 picks, make sure you see the MMA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine analyst Kyle Marley. 

Marley won the first-ever “ToutMaster” UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and appears regularly on multiple MMA betting and daily Fantasy shows. He watches every single fight for every professional MMA card and does extensive research before each event.

Over the past five years, $100 bettors who have followed Marley’s picks are up nearly $11,000. Just two weeks ago at UFC Fight Night, Marley advised SportsLine members to back underdog Jack Hermansson (+220) against rising prospect Joe Pyfer (-275) in the middleweight main event. Hermansson won a unanimous decision to give Marley’s followers another easy winner. Anyone who has followed him has seen massive returns. 

Now, with UFC Fight Night: O’Malley vs. Vera 2 on deck, Marley has studied the card from top to bottom and revealed his top UFC predictions. Those picks are available at SportsLine. 

UFC 299: O’Malley vs. Vera 2 preview

O’Malley (17-1-1) is perhaps the most polarizing active champion in the UFC. His supporters are drawn to his knockout power (12 KOs in 17 career victories) and eclectic disposition, while his detractors point to a career trajectory that has seen the facial-tattooed combatant receive more than his share of breaks from the promotion.

O’Malley’s critics point out that he received a title shot after just one win over a ranked opponent, a controversial split decision against former champion Petr Yan in October 2022. By comparison, welterweight contender Belal Muhammad currently has a 10-fight unbeaten streak dating five years that includes wins over five ranked opponents, but he has yet to receive a title shot.

Even so, O’Malley undeniably capitalized on his opportunity. Last August at UFC 292, O’Malley silenced some of his critics by scoring a second-round knockout over former champion Aljamain Sterling, who had defended the belt three times, to become a champion in his first UFC title fight.

His first order of business comes against the battle-tested Vera (23-8-1), who is looking to make a statement of his own. Vera was a sizable underdog when he and O’Malley met at UFC 252 in August 2020. The Ecuador-born fighter crippled O’Malley with a clean leg kick midway through the first round before following up with a barrage of punches to secure the stoppage victory.

In the aftermath, O’Malley refused to acknowledge the defeat while continually insisting he had maintained an unblemished record. He proceeded to work toward a title run while the battle-tested Vera, who has faced many of the division’s biggest names, embarked on a run that has seen him win five of six to emerge as a title contender. He’s out to prove his first win over O’Malley wasn’t a fluke by delivering another dominant win over the flamboyant champion. See all of Marley’s UFC 299 picks here.

UFC 299 predictions 

We’ll share one of Marley’s UFC 299 selections here: He is siding with Kevin Holland (-135) against Michael Page (+115) in one of the bouts on the main card.

Holland (25-10) is a UFC veteran who went 10-2 in his first dozen fights after joining the promotion in 2018. He’s had a tougher time recently, dropping three of his last five.

He takes on a UFC newcomer in Page (21-2), who has been fighting in Bellator since 2014. Page is known for his striking ability and karate-style stance, but Marley likes the UFC veteran Holland in this one since he can beat Page in a variety of ways.

“Holland is a lethal striker and he should be throwing more volume,” Marley told SportsLine. “He should have a big edge on the ground if he looks for takedowns. Holland has more ways to win this fight, so if he doesn’t get knocked out by something crazy, I like him to get his hand raised.” See who else to pick here.

How to make UFC 299 picks 

Marley also has strong picks for O’Malley vs. Vera and every other bout on the UFC 299 fight card. He’s also backing “one of the scariest fighters in the UFC” to emerge with a huge victory. Those picks are only available at SportsLine. 

Who wins UFC 299: O’Malley vs. Vera, and how exactly does each fight end? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed picks on every fight at UFC 299, all from the seasoned expert who’s up nearly $11,000 on MMA picks, and find out. 

UFC 299 odds, fight card

See full UFC 299 picks, predictions and best bets here.
Sean O’Malley (-280) vs. Marlon Vera (+230)
Benoit Saint Denis (-230) vs. Dustin Poirier (+190)
Gilbert Burns (+130) vs. Jack Della Maddalena (-160)
Kevin Holland (-135) vs. Michael Page (+115)
Song Yadong (+100) vs. Petr Yan (-120)
Katyln Cerminara (+170) vs. Maycee Barber (-205)
Mateusz Gamrot (-460) vs. Rafael Dos Anjos (+340)
Curtis Blaydes (-110) vs. Jailton Almeida (-110)
Kyler Phillips (-240) vs. Pedro Munhoz (+200)
Michal Oleksiejczuk (+120) vs. Michel Pereira (-140)
Robelis Despaigne (-330) vs. Josh Parisian (+240)

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