UFC 289 will bring the big show back to the Great White North in Vancouver, Canada this weekend.

We may not be getting the explosive card we were hoping for, but the main and co-main events hope to make up for it. Amanda Nunes hopes to once again solidify her GOAT status with a win over Irene Aldana while Charles Oliveira and Beniel Dariush are battling it out for a title shot. There’s also an absolute banger on the main card with Dan Ige and Nate ‘the Train’ Landwehr squaring off.

Of course, we’ve also got a handful of Canadians making the walk, including Mike Malott, Marc-André Barriault, Kyle Nelson, Jasmine Jasudavicius and Aiemann Zahabi. BLÜ provides his best bets for all of these matchups (plus more) below along with the Bet99 Sportsbook Odds.

To follow BLÜ’s Best Betting System, simply put 1.00 Units on each of the bets below unless otherwise specified. When these bets are combined with the Sniper Pick and the parlays below, profits can be maximized and losses can be minimized. Nothing is ever a guarantee, but BLÜ’s goal is to bring consistent profit to the viewers over the long term and constantly refine his system.

Due to the unpredictable nature of betting sites like Bet99 and the sport of MMA, odds will likely change throughout the week and may be unavailable for some of these bets at the time this article is posted. This also means that BLÜ may opt to swap a couple of these bets out on Friday night for others in order to maximize profit.

The results of BLÜ’s Best Bets will be covered on ‘BLÜ’s Best Bets’, live on BLÜ’s Twitter (BLBEARD2), the Area 51 Sports Network Twitter (Area51SportsNet) and on YouTube (BLU-FC) next Wednesday at 4:00 PM (PST).

BLU’s Prelim Picks (Prelims begin at 4:00 PM PST)

Diana Belbiţă vs. Maria Oliveira

BET99 Odds

Belbiţă:  -113    Oliveira:  -109

Over 2.5:  -313    Under 2.5:   +233

Both of these women have had similar experiences in the UFC with a close fight against Gloria de Paula and a couple of hard-fought losses. There’s an interesting wrinkle with Belbiţă training in Canada, possibly holding the home crowd advantage, but they’re still essentially even. With that, we have to put the money on the underdog.

With no profit in sight for Over 2.5 at -313, the clear pick for our second bet is Under 2.5 at +233.

BLÜ’s Best Bets

Maria Oliveira (The Underdog) at -109

Under 2.5 Rounds at +233

David Dvořák vs. Steve Erceg

BET99 Odds

Dvořák:  -286    Erceg:  +220

Over 2.5:  -180    Under 2.5:   +140

Dvořák is the clear favourite with his top 15 history, combined with the fact that this is Erceg’s UFC debut. To bring the odds down, we need to take advantage of prop bets and the Over/Under. Since Erceg has a lot of finishes, Dvořák is a clear favourite and the Under 2.5 line is at plus money, we’ll stick with the Under 2.5 line. From there, we’ll simply balance that out with Dvořák to win by decision, minimizing chances of a loss.

BLÜ’s Best Bets

David Dvořák by Decision (Odds Unavailable at time of post)

Under 2.5 Rounds at +140

Blake Bilder vs. Kyle Nelson

BET99 Odds

Bilder:  -250    Nelson:  +200

Over 2.5:  +108    Under 2.5:   -138

Although Bilder still stands undefeated, he hasn’t faced anyone that’s truly elite yet. Meanwhile, Nelson has had close fights with that calibre of opponent, plus, he’s at home in Canada. With it being that close, you’ve gotta take the stab at the underdog.

Nelson, although he has been finished, is great at dragging fights out long. May as well take the opportunity to test that out and take the Over 2.5 line at +108.

BLÜ’s Best Bets

Kyle Nelson (The Underdog) at +200

Over 2.5 Rounds at +108

Aiemann Zahabi vs. Aoriqileng

BET99 Odds

Zahabi:  -105    Aoriqileng:  -120

Over 2.5:  +    Under 2.5:   +162

Zahabi is starting to get older and he simply doesn’t seem to have the right style to deal with someone as dangerous as Aoriqileng. When you consider the age and the matchup, plus the fact that China has been heavily developing their athletes at the performance institute in Shanghai, I’ve got my money on Aoriqileng.

When you have those factors working together with Aoriqileng’s ability to get a finish, it wouldn’t be shocking to see this matchup end before the 2.5 round marker.

BLÜ’s Best Bets

Aoriqileng at -120

Under 2.5 Rounds at +162

Jasmine Jasudavicius vs. Miranda Maverick

BET99 Odds

Jasudavicius:  +250    Maverick:  -325

Over 2.5:  -367    Under 2.5:   +266

I’ve become a fan of my fellow Canadian, Jasmine, but this matchup is definitely not on her side. Maverick’s only true loss in the UFC was to the wrecking ball known as Erin Blanchfield, wherein she lasted all 3 rounds. While Jasmine has been showing some great strategy and skill lately, she’s much older than Maverick and doesn’t have a great style to combat the grappling of Maverick.

In order to maximize our chances of profit, we’ll take the Under 2.5 (in case we see a sub from Maverick) and we’ll take the Maverick by Decision prop bet.

BLÜ’s Best Bets

Miranda Maverick by Decision (Odds Unavailable at time of post)

Under 2.5 Rounds at +266

Nassourdine Imavov vs. Chris Curtis

BET99 Odds

Imavov:  -160    Curtis:  +128

Over 2.5:  -172    Under 2.5:   +133

Imavov hasn’t really done anything all that impressive, losing his last one to Sean Strickland who came in on a couple week’s notice, straight from vacation mode. Curtis trains with Strickland and was in his corner that night, giving him a likely edge in this matchup. Plus, Curtis was on his way to beat Gastelum in his last fight and brings enough power to grab a finish here. We have to take the underdog, Chris Curtis, and we’ll add in the Under 2.5 at +133.

BLÜ’s Best Bets

Chris Curtis (The Underdog) at +128

Under 2.5 Rounds at +133

Main Card (7:00 PM PST)

Eryk Anders vs. Marc-André Barriault

BET99 Odds

Anders:  +112     Barriault:  -138

Over 2.5:  -175     Under 2.5:  +136

Both men have had some issues with consistency, but Barriault seems like the more durable and more dangerous man. Normally I’d be trending towards the underdog in a fairly close matchup. But with this being in Barriault’s home country, I have to take the chance on him.

With so many finishes (wins and losses) between both men, it seems somewhat shocking that the Over 2.5 line is favoured. This seems like it’s priced wrong, so we’ll take advantage of that by taking it at +136.

BLÜ’s Best Bets

Marc-André Barriault at -138

Under 2.5 Rounds at +136

Dan Ige vs. Nate Landwehr

BET99 Odds

Ige:  -260      Landwehr:  +200

Over 2.5:  -107     Under 2.5:  -120

Landwehr has quickly become one of my favourite fighters to watch, but this is an awful matchup for him. Ige has only lost to the best men in the division and has had close fights with them as well. Sadly, Landwehr has been dominated by his elite opponents, getting hit quite a bit thanks to his explosive style. Dan Ige by Finish is an easy pick to make, balancing it out with the Over 2.5 betting line just in case Landwehr shows his legendary toughness.

BLÜ’s Best Bets

Dan Ige by Finish (Odds Unavailable at time of post)

Over 2.5 Rounds at -107

Mike Malott vs. Adam Fugitt

BET99 Odds

Malott:  -213    Fugitt:  +171

Over 2.5:  +190     Under 2.5:  -250

This matchup seems closer than most people realize, but you’ve still gotta favour the Canadian finisher, Malott. To bring the odds down, we’ll take him by finish. Then, to balance that out, also giving credit to the toughness of Fugitt, I’ll be taking the Over 2.5 line at +190.

BLÜ’s Best Bets

Mike Malott by Finish (Odds Unavailable at time of post)

Over 2.5 Rounds at +190

Co-Main Event

Charles Oliveira vs. Beneil Dariush

BET99 Odds

Oliveira:  +120    Dariush:  -148

Over 2.5:  +154     Under 2.5:  -200

These two are at the very top of the ladder when it comes to lightweights on this planet. With that in mind, either man can win, so we have to take a stab at the underdog. It wouldn’t be shocking for either man to grab a finish considering all of the finishes on their record, but they’re also both very tough and very skilled. At plus money, I’ll take the Over 2.5.

BLÜ’s Best Bets

Charles Oliveira (The Underdog) at +120

Over 2.5 Rounds at +154

Main Event (Bantamweight Title Fight)

Amanda Nunes vs. Irene Aldana

BET99 Odds

Nunes:  -334    Aldana:  +260

Over 2.5:  -132     Under 2.5:  +105

Looking at what Nunes did in her last fight, she still seems to be live for a KO win. Although she’ll also likely be able to take down Aldana easily, Aldana has some sneaky submission skills. Considering what happened with Peña in their first matchup, I could see Nunes getting subbed once again. It’s also pretty plausible, given their toughness, we see this fight go long.

Essentially, anything could happen here, we just need to balance those numbers to get the best result. With these 3 bets, we should be able to get some profit going.

BLÜ’s Best Bets

Amanda Nunes by KO (Odds Unavailable at time of post)

Irene Aldana by Submission (Odds Unavailable at time of post)

Over 3.5 Rounds (Odds Unavailable at time of post)

Parlay Opportunities

The Triple Play

Ige + Dvorak + Maverick (1.00 Units at +160)

The Grand Slam

Ige + Maverick + Nunes + Malott (0.50 Units at +258)

The Sniper Pick

Dan Ige at -260 for 10.00 Units