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UFC 300 odds, predictions, start time, Las Vegas fight card: Pereira vs. Hill picks, bets from MMA insider

A pair of rising stars will meet Saturday in the main event of a jam-packed UFC 300 card as light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira defends his title against former champion Jamahal Hill. Their five-round showdown caps a title-fight doubleheader on the main UFC fight card from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Last November, Pereira won the light heavyweight title that was vacated by Hill, who has been sidelined for the past 16 months with a knee injury. Now, Hill will attempt to reclaim the title against an imposing figure in Pereira, who has won titles in two separate divisions in just seven total UFC appearances.

Pereira is a -125 betting favorite (risk $125 to win $100), while Hill is offered at +105 in the UFC 300 odds. In the co-main event, women’s strawweight champion Zhang Weili (-480) defends her belt against challenger Yan Xiaonan (+360). Before locking in your UFC 300 picks, make sure you check out the MMA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine expert Daniel Vithlani.  

From breaking down film and following fighters and their camps closely, to tracking sharp action and betting market signals, Vithlani covers the breadth of the MMA betting landscape top to bottom. He also trains amateur boxers and speaks regularly with MMA fighters to understand the sport’s nuances.

Vithlani made his SportsLine debut in January 2023 and swept the main card for UFC 283 with a 5-0 record and has been a consistent winner since. In the last eight UFC pay-per-view events, Vithlani has gone 6-2 on main-event picks and his main-card selections in that span have netted his followers a profit of more than $1,500.

His highlights include calling the upset for Sean O’Malley (+210) against Aljamain Sterling (-250) at UFC 292 as part of a 4-1 main card and his UFC 299 winners included underdog selections on Dustin Poirier (+190) against Benoit Saint Denis (-230) and Michael Page (+110) against Kevin Holland (-130). Anyone who has followed him has seen massive returns.

Now, with UFC 300: Pereira vs. Hill on deck, Vithlani has studied the card from top to bottom and released his top selections. You can only see those picks at SportsLine

UFC 300: Pereira vs. Hill preview 

The UFC 300 card will be noted in the history books for its depth of quality from the first fight to the last. The opening fight of the preliminary card features a battle of former world champions squaring off in Deiveson Figueiredo and Cody Garbandt, while the main card is topped by a pair of UFC championship bouts.

Pereira (9-2) was fast-tracked to the top of the middleweight rankings primarily because of his kickboxing rivalry with former champion Israel Adesanya. At the time, the UFC was running short on qualified challengers for Adesanya and signed Pereira after just his fourth professional MMA fight.

The bold move paid off as the Brazilian would go on to upset Adesanya and win the middleweight title before moving up to light heavyweight and earning a second belt. In seven UFC appearances, the 36-year-old is 6-1 with four stoppages and belts in two separate divisions.

The versatile Hill (12-1-1) saw his own rapid ascent up the light heavyweight rankings result in a title when he outclassed former champion Glover Teixeira in January of last year in a five-round decision. However, the 32-year-old has been shelved ever since because of an ACL injury that required surgery and forced him to vacate the title.

Even so, Hill, who is known for his explosive striking, maintains he is now at full health and prepared to reclaim the title. He has received performance bonuses in four consecutive fights. You can see more UFC 300 picks at SportsLine

UFC 300 predictions 

We’ll share one of Vithlani’s UFC 300 selections here: He is going with Aljamain Sterling (-170) to get his hand raised against Calvin Kattar (+130) in a featherweight matchup on the preliminary card.

Sterling (23-4) is the former bantamweight king who is making his long-anticipated move to featherweight after losing his title to Sean O’Malley in August of last year. The loss snapped a nine-fight winning streak for the 34-year-old Sterling, a New York native who is one of the UFC’s most decorated grapplers.

Kattar (23-7) is a seven-year UFC veteran who has spent the bulk of his career in the top-10 rankings. He is known for his boxing style and action-packed brawls. But a knee injury has shelved the 36-year-old Boston native since October 2022, and he returns to the octagon looking to snap a two-fight skid.

“Unless Kattar can put damage on Sterling early, I feel he will most likely get taken down and controlled on the mat,” Vithlani told SportsLine. You can see more UFC 300 picks at SportsLine.

How to make UFC 300 picks 

Vithlani has strong picks for Pereira vs. Hill and other bouts on the UFC 300 fight card. He’s also backing a fighter who “will have boxing and power advantages” to emerge with a dominant victory. Those picks are only available at SportsLine

Who wins UFC 300: Pereira vs. Hill, and how exactly does each fight end? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed picks on UFC 300, all from the MMA expert who profited more than $6,200, and find out. 

UFC 300 odds, fight card

See full UFC 300 picks, predictions and best bets here.

Alex Pereira (-125) vs. Jamahal Hill (+105)
Zhang Weili (-480) vs. Yan Xiaonan (+360)
Max Holloway (+170) vs. Justin Gaethje (-250)
Charles Oliveira (+185) vs. Arman Tsarukyan (-225)
Bo Nickal (-2100) vs. Cody Brundage (+1100)
Jiri Prochazka (+100) vs. Aleksander Rakic (-120)
Aljamain Sterling (-170) vs. Calvin Kattar (+130)
Kayla Harrison (-500) vs. Holly Holm (+325)
Sodiq Yusuff (+110) vs. Diego Lopes (-135)
Jalin Turner (-250) vs. Renato Moicano (+190)
Jessica Andrade (-135) vs. Marina Rodriguez (+105)
Jim Miller (+170) vs. Bobby Green (-230)
Deiveson Figueiredo (-325) vs. Cody Garbandt (+250)

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