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UFC 229 Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC 229, which is set to hit T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, this weekend (Sat., Oct. 6, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!

Years of speculation come to rest this Saturday night (Oct. 6, 2018) as Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor finally square off in UFC 229’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event for the undisputed 155-pound title inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The mixed martial arts (MMA) superstars will be joined by Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis, who will battle it out for the next crack at the winner, as well as Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes and Alexander Volkov vs. Derrick Lewis.

Let’s skip the formalities and just get to the analysis!

What Went Wrong at UFC Fight Night 137?

I made a series of assumptions that proved unwise. First off, I assumed that Sergio Moraes would be as happy to brawl and reticent to use his grappling as he’s been in the past. Second, I assumed that Francisco Trinaldo would maintain his unwillingness to utilize body shots despite their obvious effectiveness. Both proved categorically false, as the Brazilians finally fought up to their potential and delivered stunning victories.

UFC 229 Odds For The Undercard:

Sergio Pettis (-150) vs. Jussier Formiga (+130)
Vicente Luque (-800) vs. Jalin Turner (+550)
Aspen Ladd (-160) vs. Tonya Evinger (+140)
Alan Patrick (-255) vs. Scott Holtzman (+215)
Yana Kunitskaya (-195) vs. Lina Länsberg (+168)
Nik Lentz (-225) vs. Gray Maynard (+185)
Ryan LaFlare (-140) vs. Tony Martin (+120)

Thoughts: Jussier Formiga is the star of the show, with Lina Lansberg in a bit part.

Sergio Pettis is coming off the best win of his career over a man in Joseph Benavidez who dominated Formiga early in the latter’s UFC run. That said, Benavidez had been out of action for 1.5 years and looked much rougher with his striking than usual, yet still managed to take down Pettis twice. “The Phenom” has been taken down by every UFC opponent he’s faced besides Chris Cariaso, and Formiga sports some of the best back control the Octagon has ever seen. Sure, Pettis is good on the mat, but so were Zach Makovsky, Wilson Reis, Dustin Ortiz and all the others he has dominated in the grappling. The Brazilian deserves to be the favorite here, so trust in his skills.

I’ve never been greatly impressed by Kunitskaya, whose record was largely built against hopeless competition. She does her best work in the clinch, where Lansberg excels, and the latter’s takedown defense and scrambling looked stout against Gina Mazany last time out. It’s worth a minor investment.

UFC 229 Odds For The Main Card:

Khabib Nurmagomedov (-160) vs. Conor McGregor (+150)
Tony Ferguson (-360) vs. Anthony Pettis (+300)
Dominick Reyes (-225) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (+185)
Alexander Volkov (-175) vs. Derrick Lewis (+155)
Felice Herrig (-130) vs. Michele Waterson (+110)

Thoughts: Khabib Nurmagomedov is going to smash Conor McGregor.

Even at the best of times, Nurmagomedov is likely the division’s worst match up for McGregor, a durable and relentless takedown artist who can go five hard rounds. These are not the best of times — McGregor has not stepped into the cage since Nov. 2016 and his only real experience against dedicated wrestlers came against Chad Mendes in 2015. McGregor needs a one-punch finish, and he’s not going to get it before Nurmagomedov gets his hands on him and begins the smashing process.

Meanwhile, a little bit on Derrick Lewis seems wise, too. Volkov gets stronger as the fight progresses, but appears vulnerable to the early takedown, and Lewis really only needs to get on top once. “Black Beast” is too old and inconsistent to bet the house on, but he has a chance.

UFC 229 Best Bets:

  • Single bet — Jussier Formiga: Bet $ 100 to make $ 130
  • Single bet — Lina Lansberg: Bet $ 40 to make $ 67.20
  • Single bet — Khabib Nurmagomedov: Bet $ 100 to make $ 62.50
  • Single bet — Derrick Lewis: Bet $ 30 to make $ 46.50

Do not miss this: It’s going to be bananas!

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The Best Bellator Event of the Year Is Tonight – You Should Tune In

The UFC may have everyone salivating in anticipation of next week’s installment of Conor McGregor: Superhero, but Bellator’s got some big in store tonight. It’s definitely worth tuning in for.

Setting aside Bellator 206‘s  co-main event of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, which is a joke of a fight, there’s the main event of Gegard Mousasi versus Rory MacDonald.

In case you forgot, Mousasi is the organization’s middleweight champ, while MacDonald is the welterweight champ. And they were top contenders in the UFC when they decided to jump ship and dominant in Bellator.

They are literally two of the best middleweights and welterweights around.

Also… HOLY CRAP MACDONALD IS MOVING UP A WEIGHT CLASS TO FIGHT ONE OF THE BEST! THAT’S INSANE!

I think MacDonald might have bitten off more than he can chew with Mousasi, just based on the size difference. But if there’s anyone on the Bellator roster that can beat Mousasi, it’s MacDonald, so…

If the notion of that ultra-compelling fight doesn’t move you, there’s also a rematch between two of Bellator’s other elite welterweights, Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov. Lima was champ when he knocked out Koreshkov, but now that MacDonald is king, the Brazilian is back in the mix with this, the first fight on Bellator’s welterweight tournament.

Finally, there’s Aaron Pico. The superstar wrestler will forever be living down that dismal Bellator debut last year, but the three subsequent KO/TKOs are helping his cause.

Tune in. I certainly will be.

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The Best Bellator Event of the Year Is Tonight – You Should Tune In

The UFC may have everyone salivating in anticipation of next week’s installment of Conor McGregor: Superhero, but Bellator’s got some big in store tonight. It’s definitely worth tuning in for.

Setting aside Bellator 206‘s  co-main event of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, which is a joke of a fight, there’s the main event of Gegard Mousasi versus Rory MacDonald.

In case you forgot, Mousasi is the organization’s middleweight champ, while MacDonald is the welterweight champ. And they were top contenders in the UFC when they decided to jump ship and dominant in Bellator.

They are literally two of the best middleweights and welterweights around.

Also… HOLY CRAP MACDONALD IS MOVING UP A WEIGHT CLASS TO FIGHT ONE OF THE BEST! THAT’S INSANE!

I think MacDonald might have bitten off more than he can chew with Mousasi, just based on the size difference. But if there’s anyone on the Bellator roster that can beat Mousasi, it’s MacDonald, so…

If the notion of that ultra-compelling fight doesn’t move you, there’s also a rematch between two of Bellator’s other elite welterweights, Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov. Lima was champ when he knocked out Koreshkov, but now that MacDonald is king, the Brazilian is back in the mix with this, the first fight on Bellator’s welterweight tournament.

Finally, there’s Aaron Pico. The superstar wrestler will forever be living down that dismal Bellator debut last year, but the three subsequent KO/TKOs are helping his cause.

Tune in. I certainly will be.

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BJ Penn vs. Ryan Hall Is the Best BJ Penn Fight We Could Hope For

Hawaiian fighting legend-turned-Hawaiian slow-motion punching bag BJ Penn is a shadow of his former self, and one of the saddest cases of a fighter who should retire but won’t around. But the UFC is pairing him up against TUF winner Ryan Hall for UFC 232, and that is the greatest BJ Penn fight we can hope for.

If you’ll recall, the greatness surrounding Penn began to crumble around when he first lost his lightweight belt to Frankie Edgar. He ended up losing to Edgar two more times, and in his last five fights, has remained win-less.

Penn has gotten the “L” against Nick Diaz, Rory MacDonald, Yair Rodriguez and Dennis Siver, and some of those losses were both heartbreaking and ugly. Because Penn, you see, can no longer take a punch…

…Which makes this Hall match-up so awesome. On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the best, Hall’s jiu-jitsu is a solid eleven. However, on a scale of one to ten, Hall’s striking is about a two – which means that maybe he’ll beat Penn, but he BEAT Penn into a sad pile of hamburger meat.

When it comes to the UFC re-using these formerly retired fighters over and over again until they’re dead, this is the best possible match-up we could have hoped for. If Penn wins, it’ll be via his jiu-jitsu, and he’ll have defeated a recent TUF winner; if Hall wins, it’ll be via jiu-jitsu, and Penn will emerge from the cage without a scratch (or at least without a concussion).

At this stage, what more can you ask for in a BJ Penn fight?

Here’s the UFC’s official release on the fight:

A UFC Hall of Famer and MMA legend will return to the Octagon on December 29, as BJ Penn battles former Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Hall in a UFC 232 bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Back in the Octagon for the first time since June 2017, Hawaii’s Penn storied career has seen him defeat the likes of Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver, Diego Sanchez, Kenny Florian, Matt Serra and Caol Uno en route to a pair of UFC titles at lightweight and welterweight. This December, “The Prodigy” will attempt to hand Hall his first UFC loss. A high level and decorated grappler, Hall will make his first UFC start in two years at UFC 232 as he hopes to add another win to a perfect Octagon record that has seen him defeat Artem Lobov and Gray Maynard.

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BJ Penn vs. Ryan Hall Is the Best BJ Penn Fight We Could Hope For

Hawaiian fighting legend-turned-Hawaiian slow-motion punching bag BJ Penn is a shadow of his former self, and one of the saddest cases of a fighter who should retire but won’t around. But the UFC is pairing him up against TUF winner Ryan Hall for UFC 232, and that is the greatest BJ Penn fight we can hope for.

If you’ll recall, the greatness surrounding Penn began to crumble around when he first lost his lightweight belt to Frankie Edgar. He ended up losing to Edgar two more times, and in his last five fights, has remained win-less.

Penn has gotten the “L” against Nick Diaz, Rory MacDonald, Yair Rodriguez and Dennis Siver, and some of those losses were both heartbreaking and ugly. Because Penn, you see, can no longer take a punch…

…Which makes this Hall match-up so awesome. On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the best, Hall’s jiu-jitsu is a solid eleven. However, on a scale of one to ten, Hall’s striking is about a two – which means that maybe he’ll beat Penn, but he BEAT Penn into a sad pile of hamburger meat.

When it comes to the UFC re-using these formerly retired fighters over and over again until they’re dead, this is the best possible match-up we could have hoped for. If Penn wins, it’ll be via his jiu-jitsu, and he’ll have defeated a recent TUF winner; if Hall wins, it’ll be via jiu-jitsu, and Penn will emerge from the cage without a scratch (or at least without a concussion).

At this stage, what more can you ask for in a BJ Penn fight?

Here’s the UFC’s official release on the fight:

A UFC Hall of Famer and MMA legend will return to the Octagon on December 29, as BJ Penn battles former Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Hall in a UFC 232 bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Back in the Octagon for the first time since June 2017, Hawaii’s Penn storied career has seen him defeat the likes of Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver, Diego Sanchez, Kenny Florian, Matt Serra and Caol Uno en route to a pair of UFC titles at lightweight and welterweight. This December, “The Prodigy” will attempt to hand Hall his first UFC loss. A high level and decorated grappler, Hall will make his first UFC start in two years at UFC 232 as he hopes to add another win to a perfect Octagon record that has seen him defeat Artem Lobov and Gray Maynard.

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BJ Penn vs. Ryan Hall Is the Best BJ Penn Fight We Could Hope For

Hawaiian fighting legend-turned-Hawaiian slow-motion punching bag BJ Penn is a shadow of his former self, and one of the saddest cases of a fighter who should retire but won’t around. But the UFC is pairing him up against TUF winner Ryan Hall for UFC 232, and that is the greatest BJ Penn fight we can hope for.

If you’ll recall, the greatness surrounding Penn began to crumble around when he first lost his lightweight belt to Frankie Edgar. He ended up losing to Edgar two more times, and in his last five fights, has remained win-less.

Penn has gotten the “L” against Nick Diaz, Rory MacDonald, Yair Rodriguez and Dennis Siver, and some of those losses were both heartbreaking and ugly. Because Penn, you see, can no longer take a punch…

…Which makes this Hall match-up so awesome. On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the best, Hall’s jiu-jitsu is a solid eleven. However, on a scale of one to ten, Hall’s striking is about a two – which means that maybe he’ll beat Penn, but he BEAT Penn into a sad pile of hamburger meat.

When it comes to the UFC re-using these formerly retired fighters over and over again until they’re dead, this is the best possible match-up we could have hoped for. If Penn wins, it’ll be via his jiu-jitsu, and he’ll have defeated a recent TUF winner; if Hall wins, it’ll be via jiu-jitsu, and Penn will emerge from the cage without a scratch (or at least without a concussion).

At this stage, what more can you ask for in a BJ Penn fight?

Here’s the UFC’s official release on the fight:

A UFC Hall of Famer and MMA legend will return to the Octagon on December 29, as BJ Penn battles former Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Hall in a UFC 232 bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Back in the Octagon for the first time since June 2017, Hawaii’s Penn storied career has seen him defeat the likes of Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver, Diego Sanchez, Kenny Florian, Matt Serra and Caol Uno en route to a pair of UFC titles at lightweight and welterweight. This December, “The Prodigy” will attempt to hand Hall his first UFC loss. A high level and decorated grappler, Hall will make his first UFC start in two years at UFC 232 as he hopes to add another win to a perfect Octagon record that has seen him defeat Artem Lobov and Gray Maynard.

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UFC 228 Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC 228, which is set to hit American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, this weekend (Sat., Sept. 8, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!

Two red-hot Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contenders make a bid for gold this Saturday (Sept. 8, 2018) when American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, hosts UFC 228, which sees Darren till and Valentina Shevchenko challenge champions Tyron Woodley and Nicco Montano in the pay-per-view (PPV) main- and co-main events. Meanwhile, over at Featherweight, Brandon Davis steps up on short notice to face the future of the division, Zabit Magomedsharipov, while Jessica Andrade takes on Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a potential title eliminator at 115 pounds.

It’s set to be an interesting night, if nothing else. Let’s see what we can do about those profit margins:

What Went Wrong at UFC Fight Night 135?

Nothing — Justice was served!

UFC 228 Odds For The Undercard:

Tatiana Suarez (-550) vs. Carla Esparza (+425)
Aljamain Sterling (-135) vs. Cody Stamann (+115)
Jimmie Rivera (-150) vs. John Dodson (+130)
Charles Byrd (-225) vs. Darren Stewart (+185)
Craig White (-230) vs. Diego Sanchez (+190)
Alex White (-140) vs. Jim Miller (+120)
Irene Aldana (-125) vs. Lucie Pudilova (+105)
Jarred Brooks (-350) vs. Roberto Sanchez (+260)
Geoff Neal (-175) vs. Frank Camacho (+155)

Thoughts: It’s a bummer that Roberto Sanchez vs. Ryan Benoit fell through, because Sanchez wasn’t favored nearly enough. At least we’ve still got Aljamain Sterling to dump all of our hopes on.

Cody Stamann has consistently risen above my expectations, but his last two wins were anything but easy. He struggled against Tom Duquesnoy before the Frenchman gassed out and was saved by the bell against a rusty Bryan Caraway, who arguably deserved the win despite spending the last 10 minutes of the fight in zombie mode. Sterling’s length and kicking game will allow him to control engagements on the feet and keep Stamann at too far a range for the latter to shoot in. If the fight does wind up hitting the ground, it will be on Sterling’s terms, and “The Funk Master” is downright lethal on the mat. Sterling already beat another tough-as-nails grinder in Brett Johns and I see him having every bit as much success here.

As far as the others, a “Tuesday Night Contender Series” parlay of Charles Byrd and Geoff Neal seems thematically appropriate. Byrd’s grappling is well above Stewart’s and Camacho doesn’t have the firepower to brawl his way past a bigger, stronger man.

UFC 228 Odds For The Main Card:

Darren Till (-115) vs. Tyron Woodley (-105)
Valentina Shevchenko (-1250) vs. Nicco Montano (+800)
Zabit Magomedsharipov (-1175) vs. Brandon Davis (+650)
Jessica Andrade (-425) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (+340)
Abdul Razak Alhassan (-145) vs. Niko Price (+125)

Thoughts: I’d steer clear, honestly. Three of them are massively lopsided and the other two each feature two fighters with one-punch knockout power.

UFC 228 Best Bets:

  • Single bet — Aljamain Sterling: Bet $ 135 to make $ 100
  • Parlay — Charles Byrd and Geoff Neal: Bet $ 50 to make $ 62.50

UFC 228 features a blend of tough champions and young prospects, which always makes for a quality evening of fights. See you Saturday, Maniacs!

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AKA’s Javier Mendez Calls McGregor’s Standup ‘Best In The UFC’

American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez, who trains Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, has come out in admiration of his fighter’s next opponent Conor McGregor ahead of their much-anticipated fight at UFC 229.
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UFC ‘Lincoln’ Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC Fight Night 135, which is set to hit Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Neb., this weekend (Sat., Aug. 25, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more! 

Bad blood gets settled inside Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb., this Saturday (Aug. 25, 2018) when all-action Justin Gaethje faces the rising James Vick in UFC Fight Night 135’s main event, which will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. Earlier in the evening, Michael Johnson looks for his first Featherweight victory against Andre Fili, Angela Hill faces Cortney Casey, and Deiveson Figueiredo takes on John Moraga in 2018’s first non-title men’s Flyweight bout to appear on a main card.

Labor Day is right around the corner, so let’s see if we can’t raise some money for the long, fun-filled weekend.

What Went Wrong at UFC Fight Night 227?

I take full responsibility for underestimating Alex Perez and Pedro Munhoz.

Though I knew Jose Torres spends the first few minutes of every fight eating every punch that comes his way, I did not believe that Perez’s striking was enough for him to get the win before “Shorty” could get his head on straight. I was clearly wrong. Perez has consistently exceeded my expectations and I can’t wait to see where he goes from here.

On a similar note, I wrote off Pedro Munhoz’s stand up as being just basic power-punching after he struggled in the striking against Justin Scoggins, Rob Font and John Dodson. Instead, he tore up Brett Johns’ body and legs with wholly unexpected ease. My bad.

I won’t apologize for my Kyung Ho Kang pick, though. He won rounds two and three regardless of what two of the dumb judges thought.

UFC Fight Night 135 Odds For The Undercard:

Warlley Alves (-470) vs. James Krause (+375)
Cory Sandhagen (-245) vs. Iuri Alcântara (+205)
Markus Perez (-115) vs. Andrew Sanchez (-105)
Mickey Gall (-330) vs. George Sullivan (+270)
Joanne Calderwood (-160) vs. Kalindra Faria (+140)
Drew Dober (-210) vs. Jon Tuck (+175)
Rani Yahya (-115) vs. Luke Sanders (-105)

Thoughts: Even on the heels of knockout losses, I like Andrew Sanchez here.

Markus Perez’s striking looked more like performance art than a cohesive attack against Eryk Anders and, though he dominated James Bochnovic his second time out, Bochnovic is kind of not very good at fighting. That leaves his wrestling, which Sanchez can match or best, and “El Dirte” is too good to leave his neck out in transition. The stylistic edge is far enough in The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winner’s favor for me to overlook his recent struggles.

UFC Fight Night 135 Odds For Main Card:

James Vick (-150) vs. Justin Gaethje (+130)
Michael Johnson (-145) vs. Andre Fili (+125)
Angela Hill (-145) vs. Cortney Casey (+125)
Bryan Barberena (-500) vs. Jake Ellenberger (+400)
Deiveson Figueiredo (-145) vs. John Moraga (+125)
Eryk Anders (-750) vs. Tim Williams (+525)

Thoughts: The Justin Gaethje train isn’t off the track just yet, boys and girls.

Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier fought Justin Gaethje in just about the best ways possible and they were still barely able to walk afterward. Any Gaethje fight boils down to whether a fighter can crack his jaw before his body gives out, and I can’t imagine that 6’3” Vick’s legs standing up to 25 minutes of punishment. He could theoretically hurt “The Highlight” with a punch he doesn’t see coming, so don’t go too crazy, but I legitimately think Gaethje wins an attrition battle.

The rest of the main card is full of fights that could go pear-shaped for either combatant in an instant, so steer clear.

UFC Fight Night 135 Best Bets:

  • Single bet — Andrew Sanchez: $ 63 to make $ 60
  • Single bet — Justin Gaethje: $ 50 to make $ 65

Justin Gaethje is the definition of must-watch television. In other words, do not miss this!

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UFC 227 Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC 227, which is set to hit Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., this weekend (Sat., Aug. 4, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!

Two big rematches headline the latest Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) excursion to Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., this Saturday (Aug. 4, 2018) when T.J. Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson face former knockout victims Cody Garbrandt and Henry Cejudo, respectively, with their titles on the line.

Earlier that evening on UFC 227’s pay-per-view (PPV) main card, Cub Swanson takes on the surging Renato Moicano, top prospect Polyana Viana pits her Brazilian jiu-jitsu chops against JJ Aldrich’s striking, and Middleweight knockout machine Thiago Santos formally welcomes “Tuesday Night Contender Series” competitor Kevin Holland to the Octagon.

UFC 227 is a decent PPV, but the price tag is as bulky as ever. Let’s try and deal with that.

What Went Wrong at UFC on FOX 30?

I desperately underestimated Alex Hernandez. He managed to overpower and wear down a guy in Olivier Aubin-Mercier known for overpowering people and wearing them down. Moreover, he did so in the clinch, which should have been “The Quebec Kid’s” domain. I would never have predicted that outcome and Hernandez deserves commendation.

UFC 227 Odds For The Undercard:

Pedro Munhoz (-255) vs. Brett Johns (+215)
Ricky Simon (-125) vs. Montel Jackson (+105)
Matt Sayles (-110) vs. Sheymon Moraes (-110)
Alex Perez (-140) vs. Jose Torres (+120)
Ricardo Ramos (-225) vs. Kyung Ho Kang (+185)
Weili Zhang (-255) vs. Danielle Taylor (+215)
Marlon Vera (-500) vs. Wuliji Buren (+400)

Thoughts: Jose “Shorty” Torres is the lynchpin of this weeks’ efforts, though there’s also value in Brett Johns and Kyung Ho Kang.

Torres is legitimately one of the best prospects in the entire sport, a two-division Titan FC champion who racked up multiple quality scalps in the span of two years. Though he had trouble in his debut, that was on short notice, and he’d been prepping for a fight at 145 pounds at the time and thus had to shed a lot of weight very quickly. He looks to be better than Perez wherever the fight goes; jump on this underdog line before people realize just how good this kid is.

I’m not sure Brett Johns can pull you the win on Saturday, but he should not be a two-to-one underdog. Munhoz’s punching power and lethal submission game are hamstrung by the fact that he never developed a cohesive striking attack or quality takedowns. Johns’ wrestling is rock-solid and, even if his usual grinding style is too risky to employ in the face of “The Young Punisher’s” guillotine, he should be able to hold his own on the feet. Both Justin Scoggins and Rob Font were getting the better of Munhoz on the feet before giving him their necks, after all, and Johns has shown the durability to take Munhoz’s punches without panicking. Worth a look, at least.

Kyung Ho Kang is a brilliantly entertaining fighter with a truckload of flaws, boasting the skills to overpower ostensibly superior opposition while occasionally struggling against people he should by all rights destroy. The key here is that he’s gigantic and extremely strong for the weight, looking a damn sight thicker than Ramos despite also being 5’9”. When Michinori Tanaka, whom Kang had a terrific battle with, committed to his takedowns, he had success grinding on Ramos. Kang may or may not be able to do the same, but it’s worth taking a look it.

UFC 227 Odds For The Main Card:

T.J. Dillashaw (-115) vs. Cody Garbrandt (-105)
Demetrious Johnson (-485) vs. Henry Cejudo (+385)
Renato Moicano (-400) vs. Cub Swanson (+325)
Polyana Viana (-255) vs. JJ Aldrich (+215)
Thiago Santos (-370) vs. Kevin Holland (+310)

Thoughts: Main card’s a little light on bargains, all things considered. I still think Kyoji Horiguchi is the only Flyweight alive who can challenge Demetrious Johnson at the moment, though, so you could superglue “Mighty Mouse” to another bet if you think the minimal boost is worth it.

UFC 227 Best Bets:

  • Single bet — Jose Torres: Bet $ 60 to make $ 72
  • Single bet — Brett Johns: Bet $ 30 to make $ 64.50
  • Single bet — Kyung Ho Kang: Bet $ 30 to make $ 55.50

UFC 227 features two big championship rematches, loads of prospects, and some guaranteed slobberknockers that make this a worthwhile investment. See you Saturday, Maniacs!

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