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Anthony Pettis hasn’t been getting much trash talk from his upcoming opponent, Rafael dos Anjos, who he will fight this weekend (Sat., March 14, 2015) at UFC 185 in Dallas, Texas, but he has been getting a heavy dose from Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“The Eagle” has constantly picked on “Showtime,” saying that he’s been avoiding him and gone as far as questioned his fight skills.
And while Pettis’ focus is strictly on “RDA” at the moment, he took the time to send a message to the Dagestani during today’s (March 12, 2015) media day (via MMA Fighting).
“He wants his title shot so he’s got to talk as much as he can. He’s got “Cowboy” to get through, and “Cowboy” is a task. If he gets through him, I hope he does get through him because I want to whoop this guys ass because I’m tired of hearing him talk.”
Nurmagomedov and Donald Cerrone are scheduled to face off at UFC 187 on May 23, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada (details). And even though the lightweight bout hasn’t been pegged as a title eliminator fight, it’s widely believed the winner will earn a shot at the division strap.
And in a perfect scenario, “Showtime” would love nothing more than to walk out of “Big D” with his title this Saturday and have Nurmagomedov defeat Cerrone so he can shut his mouth once and for all.
First things first, though.
Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC 185 pay-per-view (PPV) event that is set to hit American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, this weekend (Sat., March 14, 2015,), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more.
“Shelftime” no more?
Oft-mocked for his long gaps between fights, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, will enter the Octagon this Saturday (March 14, 2015) for the second time in three months, taking on N0. 1-ranked division contender, Rafael dos Anjos, in the main event of UFC 185 from American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
While Pettis makes his second title defense, another champion, Carla Esparza, will make her first when she puts her 115-pound women’s title on the line against Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Elsewhere on the pay-per-view (PPV) card, knockout machines collide at both Welterweight and Heavyweight when former division champion, Johny Hendricks, will lock horns with Matt Brown, while Alistair Overeem faces Roy Nelson up north.
It’s a hell of a PPV event; therefore, let’s see if we can’t make them pay you.
UFC 185 Odds For The Under Card:
Ross Pearson (-350) vs. Sam Stout (+290)
Elias Theodorou (-340) vs. Roger Narvaez (+280)
Daron Cruickshank (-140) vs. Beneil Dariush (+120)
Jared Rosholt (-300) vs. Josh Copeland (+250)
Sergio Pettis (-485) vs. Ryan Benoit (+385)
Joseph Duffy (-550) vs. Jake Lindsey (+425)
Larissa Pacheco (-155) vs. Germaine de Randamie (+135)
Thoughts: Honestly, not seeing terribly much this week, folks. If you want a good parlay stuffer, though, I think Pearson’s your man.
Stout has never been the technician Joe Rogan is fond of proclaiming him as and, in recent years, his straightforward aggression has gotten less and less effective. He’s had to rely on his middling wrestling game and some questionable judging, which really bodes ill against a true technician with solid takedown defense.
I will honestly be very surprised if Pearson doesn’t wipe the floor with him, so be sure you’re in position to benefit from it.
Sticking “Real Deal” in with Duffy might not be a bad idea. Lindsey is almost assuredly in for a rough night.
As far as the others, a small bet on de Randamie might work. While she’s been out for a worrying amount of time, she’s got the kind of striking acumen to punish Pacheco’s wild aggression and lack of defense. Put a bit down on the Dutchwoman.
UFC 185 Odds For The Main Card:
Anthony Pettis (-450) vs. Rafael Dos Anjos (+360)
Carla Esparza (-165) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (+145)
Johny Hendricks (-350) vs. Matt Brown (+290)
Alistair Overeem (-210) vs. Roy Nelson (+175)
Henry Cejudo (-580) vs. Chris Cariaso (+440)
Thoughts: As good as Hendricks has looked in the build up to the fight, having finally realized that ballooning up to more than 200 pounds isn’t the best career move, Brown’s worth a look at those odds. Even in three-round fights, Hendricks has faded in the past, most notably against Carlos Condit. He did go five solid rounds with Robbie Lawler and Georges St. Pierre, but neither of those men offered the kind of brutal attrition that Brown does. Further, “The Immortal” has shored up his counter-wrestling quite a bit. I can certainly see him taking over the fight late. And even though Hendricks’ iron beard precludes a knockout, doing enough damage to earn the nod, +290 severely underrates Brown’s abilities.
UFC 185 Best Bets:
- Parlay — Ross Pearson and Joseph Duffy: Bet $ 90 to make $ 46.63
- Single bet — Germaine de Randamie: Bet $ 20 to make $ 27
- Single bet — Matt Browne: Bet $ 20 to make $ 58
Tons of action and quality prospects up and down the card; this’ll be a good one.
See you Saturday, Maniacs!
Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver live UFC 185 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.
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Anthony Pettis and Rafael dos Anjos hit the mat one last time ahead of their UFC 185 main event earlier this afternoon at —in Dallas, Texas, for the pay-per-view (PPV) event’s promotional open media workout. It was free to watch and open to the public. Joining the lightweight standouts, who will battle for the division crown (Sat., March 14, 2015) inside nearby American Airlines Center were Carla Esparza, Joanna Jędrzejczyk and Johny Hendricks. For more on UFC 185 click here.
Live Chat: UFC 185 preview, Anthony Pettis as pay-per-view star, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao press conference and more
This is episode 129 of the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat.
UFC 185: Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos is just days away now, so we’ll go as in depth as we can breaking down this main event, who is likely to win, why and with what methods and what it all means for the sport. We’ll also look at the co-main event, a women’s strawweight fight between champion Carla Esparza and rising contender Joanna Jędrzejczyk. There’s been some debate about whether that bout has been properly promoted, or, more specifically, if the champion herself has received enough publicity. Last, but certainly not least, we’ll delve into Johny Hendricks vs. Matt Brown from this card as well.
We’ll also touch on other issues affecting the sport today: Fedor…
Khabib Nurmagomedov plans on earning a title shot in 2015. It just won’t be against the current champion, in his opinion.
“I think [dos Anjos] smashes [Pettis] in striking and I think he smashes him on the ground,” Nurmagomedov told MMAFighting.com earlier this month at the Los Angeles FitExpo, where he was helping run seminars for the Paradise Warrior Retreat program. “This is my opinion. I don’t know why, but I think he’ll smash him.”
Nurmagomedov (22-0) has not fought since beating dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 11 last April due to a knee injury. The Dagestan native dominated dos Anjos for a unanimous decision victory. But Nurmagomedov said that doesn’t mean the Brazilian isn’t good.
“Dos Anjos is no easy man,” Nurmagomedov said. “A lot of people watch and think I beat him easy, but it was not easy. It was no easy fight.
“I beat him, but nobody beat him like me.”
Nurmagomedov and Pettis have sniped back and forth on social media and in interviews for awhile now. Many believe Nurmagomedov would be the champion’s toughest test and it’s only a matter of time before he gets his shot at the belt. Currently, Nurmagomedov is ranked No. 2 among lightweight contenders in the UFC’s official rankings behind dos Anjos.
Recently, Pettis told MMAjunkie that Nurmagomedov’s trash talk is “annoying” and he possesses only “amateur level striking.”
“He only gets by on his wrestling,” Pettis said. “He thinks his striking is going to be good enough to survive against me, take me down and grind me out for 25 minutes? He’s never done that. He’s never fought a main event for 25 minutes.
“Anybody can wrestle for 15 minutes, but it’s different when you’re fighting for the title. At the same time, his striking is amateur compared to where my wrestling is. My wrestling is on a way higher level than his striking if you want to compare the two.”
Meanwhile, Nurmagomedov has said that Pettis doesn’t really want to face him and that “I’m no good for his style.”
Since the loss to Nurmagomedov, dos Anjos knocked Benson Henderson out in the first round and then dominated Nate Diaz for a unanimous decision victory. With Nurmagomedov still out recovering from a torn ACL, dos Anjos is clearly the next man in line for the title shot.
As for Nurmagomedov, a fight between him and Donald Cerrone is targeted for UFC 187 on March 23 in Las Vegas. Nurmagomedov believes he’ll beat Cerrone to earn a title shot. It just won’t be against who everyone thinks.
“I think dos Anjos beats Pettis and if I beat Cerrone, dos Anjos and I fight another time,” Nurmagomedov said.