ONE Championship 74: Pinnacle of Power takes place Saturday, June 23 at Studio City Event Center in Macau, China. The offshore sportsbooks recently released odds for some of the fights on the card, and here they are.
ONE Championship 74 Opening Odds
Adriano Moraes -475
Geje Eustaquio +325
Ev Ting -420
Koji Ando +300
Xiong Jing Nan -400
Laura Balin +280
And my initial thoughts on these opening odds are below:
– Moraes (17-2) will put his ONE flyweight title on the line in the main event. The 27-year-old Brazilian has been in ONE since 2013 and has gone 8-2 overall in the promotion with the majority of his victories coming via submission. He is currently on a four-fight win streak and defended his belt in his last two fights. Eustaquio (10-6) has gone 7-5 overall in ONE and won his last fight to take home the interim flyweight title. The 29-year-old Filipino has been very inconsistent in ONE, and in general is hard to trust. These two actually met back in 2014, with Moraes winning the fight by submission, and I feel like that’s the most-likely result again here in the rematch. Moraes is just the better fighter, and he will prove that again with a second win over Eustaquio.
– Ting (15-4) has been a mainstay in ONE since 2014 and has gone 9-2 fighting for Asia’s largest MMA promotion. The Malaysian is on a two-fight win streak at the moment and a few more wins could put him back in the lightweight title picture. He has a ton of experience and has defeated the likes of Will Chope and Rolando Dy and at 28 he’s in his prime. Ando (12-6-2) is a long-time veteran of the sport and has fought for promotion such as Sengoku, ROAD FC and of course ONE, where he’s gone 3-3 overall with a notable win over Roger Huerta. The 33-year-old native of Japan has lost his last two fights and hasn’t fought in nearly a year. I think the line is probably a bit too high in Ting’s favor, but I still have to side with him as a fade on Ando, the older fighter on a losing streak.
– The other title fight sees Nan defend the ONE women’s strawweight title. Nan (11-1) has gone 2-0 since joining ONE last year and both of her wins have come by knockout. For a smaller girl, she has a lot of finishing ability, and the 30-year-old native of China could hold the belt for a while. If she keeps winning, the UFC could be in her future. Balin (10-2) is making her ONE debut after winning four-straight fights, though she has not competed since 2016. The Argentinian is also a finisher but has mostly fought a low level of competition in her career. This is a striker vs. grappler matchup and while I generally lean towards the grappler in those situations most of the time, I just feel like Nan will have a huge advantage in the strking department here. If Balin can’t get the takedown she will be in huge trouble, and I feel like Nan will be able to get the knockout during the course of five rounds.