Ian Parker went 58-14 on MMA picks last year and just locked in his McGregor vs. Poirier 3 prediction
Dustin Poirier says everything about being a UFC superstar is superficial except for what happens in the Octagon. He also says the pinnacle of his career will come on Saturday, July 10 when he faces iconic former two-division champion Conor McGregor in a trilogy fight that will serve as the main event of UFC 264. The main UFC 264 fight card is set for 10 p.m. ET from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Their rubber match is not for the title and yet is perhaps the most anticipated fight in the promotion’s history.
McGregor is a -115 favorite (risk $115 to win $100), while Poirier is offered at -105 in the latest Poirier vs. McGregor 3 odds from William Hill Sportsbook. In the co-main event, welterweight contenders meet as fifth-ranked Stephen Thompson (-140) faces second-ranked Gilbert Burns (+120). Before making any UFC 264 picks of your own.
A former fighter who’s been in the industry for 15 years, Parker has managed some of the world’s best, including former UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman, Costas Philippou and Gian Villante. Parker trained alongside UFC Hall of Famer Matt Serra. Now, Parker breaks down fights and makes betting picks for the Voice of the UFC, Jon Anik.
Parker is coming off a mind-boggling 2020 season. On the Anik & Florian Podcast, Parker went an astounding 58-14, returning $9,465 to $100 bettors who followed him. He hit 11 of his 17 underdog picks and 19 of 30 main events. Overall, Parker nailed an astonishing 81 percent of his plays.
The revered MMA analyst already has had a standout 2021 campaign for SportsLine members. Last week at UFC Fight Night, he posted a 7-2 record and his winners included calling for a relatively easy win by heavyweight prospect Cyril Gane (-145) against veteran Alexander Volkov (+125) in their five-round main event. Anyone who has followed him has seen massive returns.
Now, with UFC 264: Poirier vs McGregor 3 in sight, Parker has studied the MMA odds and each matchup on the UFC 264 card from every angle and released his top selections. A successful parlay of his top UFC 264 picks would generate a payback of better than 10-1.
UFC 264: McGregor vs. Poirier 3 preview
Parker knows the main event will have a serious impact on the legacy of both fighters. With the help of the UFC marketing machine, McGregor cut a nearly mythical figure for himself with his distinctive look and infamous, verbose swagger.
The “Notorious” fighter held up his end of the storyline with dominance inside the cage for the early stages of his UFC career. Perhaps his coming-of-age moment happened seven years ago in his first meeting with Poirier, who was similarly considered a brash prospect with the talent and sinister disposition to match.
After weeks of nonstop trash talk, McGregor (22-5) put Poirier away at the 1:46 mark in the first round as the Louisiana native offered little in the way of resistance or resilience. McGregor went on to become the UFC”s first active two-division champion.
Poirier (27-6-1), meanwhile, quietly won nine of his next 10 fights to emerge as one of the world’s best lightweights. His resume includes two wins over celebrated former featherweight champion Max Holloway, the latter of which came for the interim title in April 2019. Later that year, he came up short for the unified title against Khabib Nurmagomedov, who has since retired as an undefeated champion.
UFC 264: McGregor vs. Poirier 3 predictions
We’ll reveal one of Parker’s UFC 264 selections here: He is siding with Jennifer Maia (-190) to outlast Jessica Eye (+170) in a matchup of ranked women’s flyweight contenders.
The seventh-ranked Eye (15-9-1) is an eight-year UFC veteran who has seen her share of ups and downs. She was nearly released by the UFC following a four-fight losing streak, but rebounded to win three straight and earn a title shot against Valentina Shevchenko. Eye was stopped in the second round, and the 34-year-old Las Vegas resident has dropped two of her past three since.
Maia, (18-7-1) ranked No. 4, has split six UFC appearances since joining the promotion in July 2018. The former Invicta FC champion is regarded for one of the most well-rounded skill sets in the division. She pushed Shevchenko the distance before losing a unanimous decision in their title fight at UFC 255 in November of last year.
How to make UFC 264 picks
Parker also has strong picks for Poirier vs. McGregor 3 and other fights on the UFC 264 card. He’s also backing one fighter to use his “karate-style striking” to pull off a decisive win.
UFC 264 odds
Dustin Poirier (-105) vs. Conor McGregor (-115)
Stephen Thompson (-140) vs. Gilbert Burns (+120)
Tai Tuivasa (-140) vs. Greg Hardy (+120)
Irene Aldana (-145) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (+125)
Sean O’Malley (-800) vs. Kris Moutinho (+550)
Max Griffin (-175) vs. Carlos Condit (+155)
Michel Pereira (-160) vs. Niko Price (+140)
Trevin Giles (-120) vs. Dricus du Plessis (+100)
Ilia Topuria (-240) vs. Ryan Hall (+200)
Jennifer Maia (-190) vs. Jessica Eye (+170)
Brad Tavares (-175) vs. Omari Akhmedov (+155)
Zhalgas Zhumagulov (-400) vs. Jerome Rivera (+320)
Alen Amedovski (-175) vs. Yaozong Hu (+155)