- Makwan Amirkhani has opened as the +195 underdog against Jonathan Pearce.
- Pierce hit the betting boards as the -230 favorite to win a fourth consecutive fight.
- Amirkhani and Pearce are booked to fight at UFC Fight Night 208 on July 23, 2022.
Featherweight veteran Makwan Amirkhani will be looking to win two in a row when he faces the streaking Jonathan Pearce at UFC Fight Night 208 on July 23rd.
However, the Iranian-born Finnish fighter will have to do so as the +195 underdog to Pearce whom the best UFC betting sites pegged at -230 on the opening odds boards:
UFC Fight Night Opening Odds:
Makwan Amirkhani (+195)
Jonathan Pearce (-230) https://t.co/f8i1oktPzO
— FightOdds.io (@FightOdds_io) June 29, 2022
Makwan Amirkhani Puts Mike Grundy to Sleep
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) March 19, 2022
Amirkhani was last seen putting Mike Grundy to sleep with a nasty choke in a 57-second Performance of the Night winning effort at UFC on ESPN 208 last March 19th. The win ended a three-bout losing streak that stretched back to October 2020. Amirkhani had not won a bout since UFC 251 in July 2020.
The 33-year-old fighter began his fighting career in Finland, fighting mostly via the Cage promotion. Amirkhani joined the UFC in 2015 and had a strong start with six wins in his first eight Octagon assignments. However, Amirkhani dropped decisions to Edson Barboza and Kamuela Kirk before getting knocked out by Lerone Murphy. Overall, she has a record of 17-7 with one knockout and 12 wins via submission.
Amirkhani has opened as the betting underdog in five out of his previous eight bouts. He went 1-4 in those five bouts with the plus money sign written next to his name. The lone win came in in his most recent bout against Grundy where he closed at odds ranging from +170 to +255, depending on which of the top UFC betting sites you are using.
Jonathan Pearce Def. Christian Rodriguez via Unanimous Decision
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) February 19, 2022
Meanwhile, Pearce heads to this bout after defeating Christian Rodriguez via unanimous decision at UFV Vegas 48 last February 19th at the APEX. That victory was the third in a row for Pearce after dropping his UFC debut against Joe Lauzon at UFC on ESPN 6 in October 2019.
The 30-year-old from Johnson City, Tennessee is a well-traveled fighter who has fought under Valor Fights, APEX Fights, Shogun Fights, and Bellator Monster Energy Series. He joined the UFC via the Contender Series where he knocked out Jacob Rosales. Pearce has an overall record of 12-4 with eight knockouts and two submission victories.
Pearce has opened as the betting favorite in thee out of his first five UFC bouts and has lost once with the minus money sign written next to his name. That defeat came again Lauzon in his maiden UFC appearance where he was listed as the -200 odds-on favorite.