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Main Card For The UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites

Posted by on 7/10/2015 11:15:55 PM

An incredibly loaded month of July will continue for the Ultimate Fighting Championships with the UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites event this Saturday. Michael Bisping has rallied the crowd for the UFC’s first trip to Scotland with the UFC Fight Night event set to take place at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow. Bisping will clash with Thales Leites in the main event but that isn’t the only fight on the card worth wagering on. Here is a look at the best bets on the board for the UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites card.

Middleweight Bout

(26-7-0) Michael Bisping vs. Thales Leites (25-4-0)

The veteran Bisping bounced back from a submission loss to Luke Rockhold by scoring a unanimous decision win over CB Dollaway and while he is getting up there in years there is no doubt he can still compete with the best in the business. However, the 36-year-old Bisping has literally rotated wins and losses in each of his last nine fights and if that trend continues he will be falling on a loss versus Leites. The 33-year-old Brazilian has won eight straight fights including the last three via stoppage and after calling out Bisping for months he finally gets the opportunity to take him down. Bisping will have the crowd behind him and should be able to give the fans an entertaining fight but we like Leites to continue his dominance and win as the slight underdog according to the opening odds for this main event tilt.

Pick: Leites +115

Lightweight Bout

(17-8-1) Ross Pearson vs. Evan Dunham (15-6- 0)

The former TUF winner Pearson bounced back from a TKO loss to Al Iaquinta by knocking out Sam Stout in the second round of their UFC 185 event and considering the recent work of Dunham this matchup has the potential to steal the show. Dunham broke a string of three straight losses with a win over Rodrigo Damm and will be anxious to avoid another defeat but he will have his work cut out for him as Pearson is clearly the better fighter. Each of Pearson’s last four wins have come via knockout so look for him to extend that run with another victory in Glasgow.

Pick: Pearson -180

Lightweight Bout

(13-1-0) Joseph Duffy vs. Ivan Jorge (26-4-0)

The 27-year-old native of Donegal, Ireland Duffy has won three straight fights since suffering his first-career loss and he looks like a man on a mission heading in to this matchup. Duffy has an incredible mix of power and skill with 12 of his 13-career wins coming via either knockout or submission. Jorge is a veteran fighter that should be able to hold his own against Duffy for a while but don’t expect him to score the upset win in this fight.

Pick: Duffy -200

Women’s Strawweight Bout

(9-1-0) Joanne Calderwood vs. Cortney Casey (4-1-0)

Calderwood had won nine straight MMA bouts before suffering a submission loss to Maryna Moroz this past April and if she can avoid that crucial mistake against Casey she should be able to dictate how this fight goes. Casey is an absolute monster athlete but she lacks the pedigree of a fighter like Calderwood and she will be in tough to score the upset win in this meeting. Look for Calderwood to dictate the pace of this bout and really take it to Casey.

Pick: Calderwood -300

Welterweight Bout

(9-2-0) Leon Edwards vs. Pawel Pawlak (11-1-0)

Edwards would probably love another shot at Claudio Silva after losing to him via split decision but he took out his frustrations with a knockout win over Seth Baczynski at the UFC Fight Night event this past April and gets another opportunity against a fighter on the rise in Pawlak. Pawlak is coming off a unanimous decision win over Sheldon Westcott but don’t look too closely in to that fight since he was simply trying to bounce back from a loss to Peter Sobotta. Pawlak had won eight straight fights via stoppage before the loss to Sobotta and his power will be on full display as he looks to let loose and get after Edwards. Pawlak is listed as the underdog for this fight but he could very well end this fight via knockout if the window of opportunity presents itself as he doesn’t need much room to end it.

Pick: Pawlak +140


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