The featherweight clash between Jason Knight and Ricardo Lamas is not only one of the most exciting fights on the UFC 214 card, it’s also one that offers a solid value pick.
Ricardo "The Bully" Lamas is right up there in the UFC’s featherweight discussion. His only losses have come to then-world champ Jose Aldo, interim title challenger Chad Mendes and current champion Max Holloway. Aside from those world title-caliber opponents, Lamas has been dominant in the UFC.
He was due to face South Korean phenom Chan Sung Jung – better known as "The Korean Zombie" – only for injury to put the brakes on that particular matchup. Now Lamas faces rising prospect Jason "The Kid" Knight in a bout that has the bookies siding with Knight.
Knight (20-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has become something of a cult hero among the hardcore MMA fanbase after bursting into our consciousness with a trash-talking victory over former Cage Warriors champion Jim Alers in his second UFC appearance.
Since then, he’s picked up wins over Dan Hooker, Alex Caceres and Chas Skelly, looking more impressive with each display.
But he faces easily the toughest opponent of his career to date in Lamas.
Lamas (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) has been operating at a higher level than Knight, but Knight’s form currently sees him as the narrow favourite with the bookies. Bovada rates ‘The Kid’ a -130 shot.
Lamas, meanwhile, is evens, and that represents a decent value proposition, whether you’re looking to bet singles or add some value to a parlay.
If you can find a sportsbook willing to offer you odds on Fight of the Night, this bout could offer value selection, too.
Both men are known for their exciting, come-forward fighting styles, and I can see this one stealing the show on the preliminary card and setting the tone for the higher-profile matchups on the pay-per-view portion of the event.
Lamas to win
Lamas-Knight to win Fight of the Night