Best bets for UFC Fight Night: Uriah Hall vs. Sean Strickland

Sean Strickland is a worthy favorite to back if he can avoid the big hit. Trevor MacMillan/USA TODAY Sports

The rankings disagree with the oddsmakers and betting market this week when two top-15 middleweights face off in what will likely be a striking duel. Sean Strickland may be ranked three spots lower than Uriah Hall, but Strickland opened as the clear betting favorite, and his line has only gotten pricier.

We'll see if the rankings or the market is more accurate in predicting this, and we'll also look for some plays further down the card. And regardless of what happens this week, next week's UFC 265 card is set to be huge.

Prelims start at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+, and the main card begins at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+.

Odds are courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill.

Middleweight main event: No. 11 Sean Strickland (-210) vs. No. 8 Uriah Hall (+175)