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MMA Betting: TUF Latin America 2 Finale Main Card Preview

Posted by The Wiesguy on 11/20/2015 7:55:04 PM

I know the MMA world may still be buzzing after last week’s surprise takedown of the legendary Ronda Rousey by Holly Holm. You have to admit that it is pretty amazing that this one women’s bout got so much attention and interesting for the future of the sport. Now it is on the rest of the industry to pick up the torch and capitalize on the interest in the sport.

The next significant event is the Finale of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 live from Monterrey, Mexico on Saturday November 21. The event will be staged at the Arena Monterrey and will be televised on Fox Sports 1. Hopefully the action will be as compelling as last week.

The title bout of this card is Neil Magny vs. Kevin Gastelum. These are two welterweights who should be well known to the audience, especially Magny who set a record with five victories last year. Despite that success he is a significant underdog (as much as +300) against Gastelum, who has lost only once back in January. While Magny may have the wins Gastelum was the “Breakthrough Fighter of the Year” for 2014. It’s nice that the industry recognizes quality over quantity.

Just before the main event we have a flyweight tilt between Jussier Formiga and Henry Cejudo. Formiga has built up an impressive 18-3 record and is a former Shooto South champion but he is still an underdog against the undefeated Cejudo. Cejudo was the bantamweight champ on the WFF circuit and has continued his winning ways since advancing to UFC. This will be his fourth UFC fight, all three of his previous wins have been unanimous decisions. He is better than -500 in most spots.

The best fight on the main card may be the first one between Efrain Escudero and Leandro Silva (they keep changing the order though). Both are very experienced fighters. Escudero won the Super Challenge 10 lightweight title and has been in and out of UFC. It might seem like a lifetime ago but he also won the Ultimate Fighter lightweight tournament back in 2008. Silva is a relative newcomer to UFC but he has put up an 18-3 career record overall. He is the favourite in this contest but is only coming in at -140 so really it could go either way. Especially at the lighter weight classes where decisions are more the norm.

The other lightweight bout on the card could also be fairly even with Enrique Barzola taking on Horacio Gutierrez. Barzola has not fought in more than a year and this will be his UFC debut. Despite both of those factors he is expected to compete well at +140. Gutierrez only has three fights to his name but if the favourite in the Lightweight Final of Ultimate Fighter Latin America tournament. He is a local fighter who should have the crowd behind him and there is still money to be made at -170.

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