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UFC On ESPN 1 Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC on ESPN 1, which is set to hit Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz., this weekend (Sun., Feb. 17, 2019), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight kingpin Cain Velasquez gets an unfriendly welcome back to the Octagon this Sunday (Feb. 17, 2019) when he takes on Francis Ngannou inside Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz., headlining the promotion’s first-ever ESPN Fight Night. Down at Lightweight, James Vick and Paul Felder attempt to rebound from recent defeats at each others’ expense, while Cynthia Calvillo looks to continue her resurgence against Cortney Casey and Kron Gracie makes his Octagon debut against Alex Caceres.

We’re juggling way too many subscriptions these days; therefore, let’s see if we can’t pay for them all in one fell swoop.

What went wrong at UFC 234?

Well, the main event imploded, but we came out unscathed. Devonte Smith, Ricky Simon and Jalin Turner all performed up to expectations.

UFC On ESPN 1 Odds For The Undercard (ESPN+, ESPN):

Jimmie Rivera (-145) vs. Aljamain Sterling (+125)
Manny Bermudez (-200) vs. Benito Lopez (+170)
Andrea Lee (-190) vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith (+165)
Scott Holtzman (-175) vs. Nik Lentz (+155)
Jessica Penne (-160) vs. Jodie Esquibel (+140)
Luke Sanders (-185) vs. Renan Barao (+160)
Aleksandra Albu (-155) vs. Emily Whitmire (+135)

Thoughts: See, UFC 234 organizers? This is what competitive matchmaking is supposed to look like. Practically every line here is reasonable and accurate.

Which is, unfortunately, not ideal for my line of work.

Emily Whitmire seems like a solid underdog investment, though. Albu’s had just one fight in almost four years and looked mediocre against Kailin Curran in that bout. Whitmire’s the more technical striker and Albu’s combination of poor fight IQ and overuse of brute force with her takedowns opens up Whitmire’s ground game.

In addition, a bit on Andrea Lee could work, too. Ashlee Evans-Smith’s wrestling has been sorely underwhelming in the Octagon and Lee should be able to tear her up on the feet.

UFC On ESPN 1 Odds For The Main Card:

Cain Velasquez (-165) vs. Francis Ngannou (+145)
James Vick (-115) vs. Paul Felder (-105)
Cynthia Calvillo (-300) vs. Cortney Casey (+250)
Kron Gracie (-350) vs. Alex Caceres (+290)
Vicente Luque (-360) vs. Bryan Barberena (+300)
Myles Jury (-150) vs. Andre Fili (+130)

Thoughts: This sounds dumb even to me, but I’m sorely tempted to lay down a pittance on Alex Caceres.

Kron Gracie is a monster on the mat, but has been out of action for two years, is still developing his striking, and largely relies on pulling guard to get to his world. It’s a lot harder to trap someone against the edge of the Octagon than the Rizin’ ring, too, so his tendency to just wade in until his opponent runs out of room to retreat isn’t going to be effective. Caceres can win this by staying at range and just picking him off all night, and seeing as we’ve got a bit of a buffer set up after those early successes, I’d say it’s a possibility worth investing in.

UFC on ESPN 1 Best Bets:

  • Single bet — Emily Whitmire: $ 40 to make $ 54
  • Single bet — Andrea Lee: $ 38 to make $ 20
  • Single bet — Alex Caceres: $ 20 to make $ 58

Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez is the sort of compelling match up the Heavyweight division is short on these days; therefore, you better not miss it. See you Saturday, Maniacs.

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver live UFC on ESPN 1 results on fight night, which is as good a place as any to talk about all the action inside the Octagon, as well as what you’ve got riding on the sportsbook.

To check out the latest and greatest UFC on ESPN 1: “Ngannou vs. Velasquez” news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive event archive right here.

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The Jose Aldo/Max Holloway Bromance Is the Best Bromance in All MMA

If not for the fistic stylings of Hawaiian slugger Max Holloway, it’s possible Jose Aldo would still be champ. But alas, in two go-arounds, Holloway beat the stuffing out of Aldo so thoroughly, it seemed like the Brazilian train was reaching its final destination.

But that doesn’t mean these two can’t be friends! And it certainly doesn’t preclude an epic bromance!

On Saturday night in Brazil, in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN+2, Aldo beat back fellow countryman Renato Moicano. It was a TKO reminiscent of the Aldo of old, and it prompted a social media comment from the reigning champ.

Aldo’s response? Oh, it was nothing but love, baby. As per MMAFighting:

“I think he’s a true champion,” Aldo said. “I’m happy about it because he deserves to be there, he deserves to be the champion. He achieved it, he’s battled from the beginning. He came into the UFC very young and I think that he conquered that. I have a lot of respect for him.

“He’s got a great story. He’s got a kid too, just like me, I have my family. So we defend that and I’m very happy and I wish him all the best at featherweight or at lightweight. I hope that he continues with his victorious path, always healthy.

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UFC 234 Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC 234, which is set to hit Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, this weekend (Sat., Feb. 9, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!

Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker helms the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pay-per-view (PPV) event of 2019 in friendly territory this Saturday (Feb. 9, 2019), defending his title against Kelvin Gastelum inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Rising star Israel Adesanya squares off with the legendary Anderson Silva in UFC 234’s co-main event, while the PPV main card also features Ricky Simon looking for his third consecutive UFC victory against Rani Yahya and Aussie starlet Nadia Kassem facing The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran Montana De La Rosa.

We’ve started 2019 strong, nearly doubling the initial investment in just two events. Let’s see how far we can ride this wave:

What Went Wrong at UFC ‘Fortaleza?’

Misplaced faith in Justin Ledet notwithstanding, we came out well ahead, even with a scare from Livia Renata Souza. Thankfully, the wonky judging didn’t foul up anything.

UFC 234 Odds For The Undercard:

Devonte Smith (-240) vs. Dong Hyun Ma (+200)
Shane Young (-310) vs. Austin Arnett (+255)
Kai Kara-France (-310) vs. Raulian Paiva (+255)
Kyung Ho Kang (-450) vs. Teruto Ishihara (+360)
Lando Vannata (-380) vs. Marcos Mariano (+315)
Jalin Turner (-260) vs. Callan Potter (+220)
Jonathan Martinez (-175) vs. Wuliji Buren (+155)

Thoughts:

You know the matchmaking is good when there’s only one underdog below +200. There is some value to be found in these mismatches, though, in the form of Jalin Turner.

“The Tarantula” got knocked into next week by Vicente Luque, but this time he’s the one getting fed a late-notice victim. Callan Potter, while a capable grappler, is ludicrously outgunned on the feet and has been stopped in all seven of his professional losses. Potter’s too chinny and too easy to hit to survive against a puncher of Turner’s caliber.

Parlaying him together with Devonte Smith offers near-even odds. Ma is entertaining, but has yet to beat a current member of UFC’s roster and gets sucked into brawls far too easily.

UFC 234 Odds For The Main Card:

Robert Whittaker (-250) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (+210)
Israel Adesanya (-670) vs. Anderson Silva (+485)
Ricky Simon (-125) vs. Rani Yahya (+105)
Montana De La Rosa (-265) vs. Nadia Kassem (+225)
Jim Crute (-140) vs. Sam Alvey (+120)

Thoughts:

Not seeing anything here, to be honest. Maybe a small smidge on Simon — Yahya constantly surprises and impresses me, but his gas tank is a liability and Simon has some strong wrestling of his own. I believe the younger man can survive the early Yahya backpack and tear him to pieces late the way Joe Soto did.

UFC 234 Best Bets:

  • Single bet — Devonte Smith and Jalin Turner: $ 52 to make $ 50
  • Single bet — Ricky Simon: $ 50 to make $ 40

UFC 234 features a flat-out amazing main event makes up for some iffy matchmaking further down the list … at least in my book. See you Saturday, Maniacs.

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 234 fight card on fight night, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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The Jose Aldo/Max Holloway Bromance Is the Best Bromance in All MMA

If not for the fistic stylings of Hawaiian slugger Max Holloway, it’s possible Jose Aldo would still be champ. But alas, in two go-arounds, Holloway beat the stuffing out of Aldo so thoroughly, it seemed like the Brazilian train was reaching its final destination.

But that doesn’t mean these two can’t be friends! And it certainly doesn’t preclude an epic bromance!

On Saturday night in Brazil, in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN+2, Aldo beat back fellow countryman Renato Moicano. It was a TKO reminiscent of the Aldo of old, and it prompted a social media comment from the reigning champ.

Aldo’s response? Oh, it was nothing but love, baby. As per MMAFighting:

“I think he’s a true champion,” Aldo said. “I’m happy about it because he deserves to be there, he deserves to be the champion. He achieved it, he’s battled from the beginning. He came into the UFC very young and I think that he conquered that. I have a lot of respect for him.

“He’s got a great story. He’s got a kid too, just like me, I have my family. So we defend that and I’m very happy and I wish him all the best at featherweight or at lightweight. I hope that he continues with his victorious path, always healthy.

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The Jose Aldo/Max Holloway Bromance Is the Best Bromance in All MMA

If not for the fistic stylings of Hawaiian slugger Max Holloway, it’s possible Jose Aldo would still be champ. But alas, in two go-arounds, Holloway beat the stuffing out of Aldo so thoroughly, it seemed like the Brazilian train was reaching its final destination.

But that doesn’t mean these two can’t be friends! And it certainly doesn’t preclude an epic bromance!

On Saturday night in Brazil, in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN+2, Aldo beat back fellow countryman Renato Moicano. It was a TKO reminiscent of the Aldo of old, and it prompted a social media comment from the reigning champ.

Aldo’s response? Oh, it was nothing but love, baby. As per MMAFighting:

“I think he’s a true champion,” Aldo said. “I’m happy about it because he deserves to be there, he deserves to be the champion. He achieved it, he’s battled from the beginning. He came into the UFC very young and I think that he conquered that. I have a lot of respect for him.

“He’s got a great story. He’s got a kid too, just like me, I have my family. So we defend that and I’m very happy and I wish him all the best at featherweight or at lightweight. I hope that he continues with his victorious path, always healthy.

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The Jose Aldo/Max Holloway Bromance Is the Best Bromance in All MMA

If not for the fistic stylings of Hawaiian slugger Max Holloway, it’s possible Jose Aldo would still be champ. But alas, in two go-arounds, Holloway beat the stuffing out of Aldo so thoroughly, it seemed like the Brazilian train was reaching its final destination.

But that doesn’t mean these two can’t be friends! And it certainly doesn’t preclude an epic bromance!

On Saturday night in Brazil, in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN+2, Aldo beat back fellow countryman Renato Moicano. It was a TKO reminiscent of the Aldo of old, and it prompted a social media comment from the reigning champ.

Aldo’s response? Oh, it was nothing but love, baby. As per MMAFighting:

“I think he’s a true champion,” Aldo said. “I’m happy about it because he deserves to be there, he deserves to be the champion. He achieved it, he’s battled from the beginning. He came into the UFC very young and I think that he conquered that. I have a lot of respect for him.

“He’s got a great story. He’s got a kid too, just like me, I have my family. So we defend that and I’m very happy and I wish him all the best at featherweight or at lightweight. I hope that he continues with his victorious path, always healthy.

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The Jose Aldo/Max Holloway Bromance Is the Best Bromance in All MMA

If not for the fistic stylings of Hawaiian slugger Max Holloway, it’s possible Jose Aldo would still be champ. But alas, in two go-arounds, Holloway beat the stuffing out of Aldo so thoroughly, it seemed like the Brazilian train was reaching its final destination.

But that doesn’t mean these two can’t be friends! And it certainly doesn’t preclude an epic bromance!

On Saturday night in Brazil, in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN+2, Aldo beat back fellow countryman Renato Moicano. It was a TKO reminiscent of the Aldo of old, and it prompted a social media comment from the reigning champ.

Aldo’s response? Oh, it was nothing but love, baby. As per MMAFighting:

“I think he’s a true champion,” Aldo said. “I’m happy about it because he deserves to be there, he deserves to be the champion. He achieved it, he’s battled from the beginning. He came into the UFC very young and I think that he conquered that. I have a lot of respect for him.

“He’s got a great story. He’s got a kid too, just like me, I have my family. So we defend that and I’m very happy and I wish him all the best at featherweight or at lightweight. I hope that he continues with his victorious path, always healthy.

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The Jose Aldo/Max Holloway Bromance Is the Best Bromance in All MMA

If not for the fistic stylings of Hawaiian slugger Max Holloway, it’s possible Jose Aldo would still be champ. But alas, in two go-arounds, Holloway beat the stuffing out of Aldo so thoroughly, it seemed like the Brazilian train was reaching its final destination.

But that doesn’t mean these two can’t be friends! And it certainly doesn’t preclude an epic bromance!

On Saturday night in Brazil, in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN+2, Aldo beat back fellow countryman Renato Moicano. It was a TKO reminiscent of the Aldo of old, and it prompted a social media comment from the reigning champ.

Aldo’s response? Oh, it was nothing but love, baby. As per MMAFighting:

“I think he’s a true champion,” Aldo said. “I’m happy about it because he deserves to be there, he deserves to be the champion. He achieved it, he’s battled from the beginning. He came into the UFC very young and I think that he conquered that. I have a lot of respect for him.

“He’s got a great story. He’s got a kid too, just like me, I have my family. So we defend that and I’m very happy and I wish him all the best at featherweight or at lightweight. I hope that he continues with his victorious path, always healthy.

The post The Jose Aldo/Max Holloway Bromance Is the Best Bromance in All MMA appeared first on Caged Insider.

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The Jose Aldo/Max Holloway Bromance Is the Best Bromance in All MMA

If not for the fistic stylings of Hawaiian slugger Max Holloway, it’s possible Jose Aldo would still be champ. But alas, in two go-arounds, Holloway beat the stuffing out of Aldo so thoroughly, it seemed like the Brazilian train was reaching its final destination.

But that doesn’t mean these two can’t be friends! And it certainly doesn’t preclude an epic bromance!

On Saturday night in Brazil, in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN+2, Aldo beat back fellow countryman Renato Moicano. It was a TKO reminiscent of the Aldo of old, and it prompted a social media comment from the reigning champ.

Aldo’s response? Oh, it was nothing but love, baby. As per MMAFighting:

“I think he’s a true champion,” Aldo said. “I’m happy about it because he deserves to be there, he deserves to be the champion. He achieved it, he’s battled from the beginning. He came into the UFC very young and I think that he conquered that. I have a lot of respect for him.

“He’s got a great story. He’s got a kid too, just like me, I have my family. So we defend that and I’m very happy and I wish him all the best at featherweight or at lightweight. I hope that he continues with his victorious path, always healthy.

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UFC 232 Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC 232, which is set to hit The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., this weekend (Sat., Dec. 29, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!

Despite Jon Jones’ best efforts, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will cap off 2018 this Saturday (Dec. 29, 2018) with UFC 232, which pits the beleaguered ex-champion against Alexander Gustafsson for the vacant Light Heavyweight belt. Sixty pounds south, Cris Cyborg defends her women’s Featherweight belt against Bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes, while Carlos Condit looks to end his current slump against Welterweight debutant Michael Chiesa.

Let’s face it, $ 60 is a lot to ask for after so much spent on holiday shopping; therefore, let’s recoup that real quick.

What Went Wrong at UFC on FOX 31?

There’s the slightest chance that I may have underestimated Edson Barboza. Dan Hooker’s pressure attack wasn’t nearly as effective as I thought it would be, and once his lead leg was compromised, it was target practice for Barboza. Not a blunder I’ll be forgetting soon. Also, for those of you unaware: one of the bets was a parlay of Jack Hermansson and Andrea Lee. Since Lee didn’t compete on account of Jessica Rose-Clark missing weight, the bet is treated as a straight bet on Hermansson.

UFC 232 Odds For The Undercard:

Walt Harris (-160) vs. Andrei Arlovski (+140)
Cat Zingano (-165) vs. Megan Anderson (+145)
Petr Yan (-275) vs. Douglas Andrade (+235)
Ryan Hall (-525) vs. BJ Penn (+415)
Nathaniel Wood (-115) vs. Andre Ewell (-105)
Uriah Hall (-115) vs. Bevon Lewis (-105)
Curtis Millender (-145) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (+125)
Montel Jackson (-155) vs. Brian Kelleher (+135)

Thoughts: Granted, Walt Harris is 4-6 in the UFC, but only a -160 favorite against 39-year-old Andrei Arlovski, loser of seven of his last nine? Really? “The Big Ticket” is taller, rangier, faster, and more powerful than Arlovski at this point in “The Pitbull’s” career, not to mention the fact that Arlovski looked terribly mediocre even in his two victories since 2015. Harris should shred him, so shred the bookies in turn.

Curtis Millender seems a bit undervalued against Siyar Bahadurzada as well. He’s got a considerable amount of height and reach over the Afghan knockout artist, who hits hard but doesn’t have many methods of closing the distance besides just wading forward alternating hooks. “Curtious,” never before stopped by strikes, should be able to piece him up at long range.

UFC 232 Odds For The Main Card:

Jon Jones (-265) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (+245)
Cristiane Justino (-255) v. Amanda Nunes (+235)
Michael Chiesa (-175) vs. Carlos Condit (+155)
Ilir Latifi (-155) vs. Corey Anderson (+135)
Chad Mendes (-155) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (+135)

Thoughts: These are the best odds you’re ever going to get on Cris “Cyborg,” so don’t waste the opportunity. Nunes will struggle to outwrestle her or get the better of exchanges, and honestly shouldn’t trouble her fellow Brazilian terribly much.

UFC 232 Best Bets:

  • Parlay — Walt Harris and Cristiane Justino: Bet $ 60 to make $ 75.60
  • Single bet — Curtis Millender: Bet $ 50 to make $ 34.48

Make some money … start the new year right! See you Saturday, Maniacs.

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 232 fight card on fight night, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the pay-per-view (PPV) main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

To check out the latest and greatest UFC 232: “Jones vs. Gustafsson 2” news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive event archive right here.

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