Chidi Njokuani Favored to Beat Dusko Todorovic on May 21st

Chidi Njokuani V Dusko Todorovic MMA Background

  • Chidi Njokuani Favored to beat Dusko Todorovic at UFC Vegas 55 on May 21st.
  • Njokuani is currently listed as the -145 favortie and Todorovic the +125 underdog in their three-round middleweight bout.
  • Both fighters are coming off knockout wins in their previous bouts.

Chidi Njokuani has debuted as the betting favorite in his upcoming bout against Dusko Todorovic.

Njokuani hit the opening betting boards at -145 odds while Todorovic opened as the +125 underdog at the best UFC sportsbooks:

The two middleweights square off at UFC Vegas 55 on May 21st at the UFC’s APEX Facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Njokuani Smashed Marc-Andre Barriault in 15 Seconds

Njokuani is coming off a knockout win over former TKO MMA light heavyweight champion Marc-Andre Barriault at UFC Vegas 47 last February 5th. The 33-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada needed only 16 seconds to dispose of his opponent, dropping Barriault with a right hand over the shoulder right when the fight started before finishing him off with a barrage of punches.

The win was the third straight for Njokuani who left Bellator MMA having lost three out of his last four bouts including back-to-back defeats to John Salter and Rafael Carvalho. Following those losses, he picks up a win at LFA before joining the Contender Series where he beat Mario Filipe de Sousa to earn a UFC contract. Njokuani is 21-7 with 13 knockouts and three submission victories.

Njokuani had the plus money sign attached to his name in four out of his five previous bouts, including as a +120 bottom dog when he fought Barriault the last time out. He also opened as the -135 favorite against Salter but ended up closing at +200 and losing via first-round submission.

Todorovic Pounds Out Maki Pitolo

Todorovic is looking to build on the success that he had in his most recent UFC bout. The 27-year-old Serbian pounded out Maki Pitolo at UFC Vegas 44 last December 4th at the UFC APEX. It was a much-needed win for Todorovic who entered the event having lost back-to-back fights against Punahele Soriano and Gregory Rodrigues.

A former Serbian Battle Championship middleweight titleholder, Todorovic also fought for Final Fight Championship before joining the Contender Series where he picked up a win over Teddy Ash to earn a UFC contract. He knocked out Dequan Townsend in a Performance of the Night-winning effort in his UFC debut before suffering consecutive losses. Todorovic has an overall record of 11-2 with seven knockouts and three submission victories.

This marks the first time in five UFC bouts that Todorovic has seen the plus money sign placed next to his name. The Serbian had opened as the betting favorite in each of his first four UFC bouts, including at -150 against Soriano the last time out. Todorovic has not closed at odds longer than -200.

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