Opening Odds Favor Jamahal Hill to Beat Johnny Walker

Jamahal Hill Vs Johnny Walker Silver UFC Background

  • Jamahal Hill has opened as the -290 betting favorite against Johnny Walker.
  • Hill and Walker are scheduled to fight in the main card of the UFC’s February 19th event in Las Vegas.
  • Hill is coming off a KO win over Jimmy Crute while Walker lost to Thiago Santos in his most recent bout.

MMA oddsmakers are picking Jamahal Hill to beat Johnny Walker.

According to the best UFC sportsbooks, Hill is the sizable -290 betting favorite against Walker who came back at +235 when the betting lines first opened.

The two are scheduled to fight at the UFC’s February 19th Fight Night event in Las Vegas.

Hill Flattens Jimmy Crute

Hill flattened Jimmy Crute with a devastating 48-second knockout to win Performance of the Night honors at UFC Vegas 44 last December 4th. The win put Hill back on track after he suffered his first career loss to Paul Craig at UFC 263 six months earlier. In that bout, Hill dislocated his elbow and was knocked out.

A former KnockOut Promotions light heavyweight champion, Hill earned his UFC contract with a knockout win over Alexander Poppeck at the Contender Series 21 in 2019. Since joining the promotion, Hill has put up a record of 3-1 with one no-contest and has risen to no. 12 in the UFC’s light heavyweight rankings.

Including his appearance at the Contender Series, Hill has been favored in five out of his previous six bouts. The only time where he saw the plus money sign next to his name was when he fought Crute at +170 odds. He was a massive -300 betting favorite when he lost to Paul Craig.

Walker Looking to Bounce Back

Walker will be looking to bounce back from a decision setback against fellow Brazilian contender Thiago Santos at the main event UFC Vegas 38 last October 2, 2021. The bout was expected to be a war between two hard-hitting Brazilian warriors but ended up as a lackluster affair with Santos eking out a 48-47 win in across all scorecards.

A former light heavyweight champion at the UCMMA and European Beatdown Promotions, Walker entered the UFC via the Contender Series in Brazil where he defeated Henrique da Silva to earn his contract. The 29-year old from Rio de Janeiro opened his UFC career with three consecutive victories, all knockout wins that earned him Performance of the Night honors but only has one win in his last four bouts.

After being the +150 underdog in his UFC debut against Khalil Rountree, Walker was listed as betting favorite in his next five bouts but he went 3-2 during that stretch. Walker was the +125 underdog when he fought Santos and will have to win from the bottom dog spot against Hill.

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