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MMA Betting: UFC 175 Preview

Posted by The Wiesguy on 6/30/2014 10:43:35 PM

UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida is coming up quick on Saturday July 5th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. This is an anticipated card of course as they have been trying to make the headlining match for a while but have been forced to put it off do to an injury to Chris Weidman. He will look to defend his middleweight title against former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Another title belt will be on the line on the women’s side with Ronda Rousey taking on Alexis Davis.

Weidman became the champ at UFC 162, about a year ago, when he beat Anderson Silva. He was an underdog as the challenger but many were not surprised that he won. The two fought again at UFC 168, with Weidman as the underdog again, but he defended his title effectively. That was the last time he fought so he could be a little bit rusty coming into this one. The “All American” has never lost, sporting an 11-0 record. He is a -190 favourite.

As you can tell from the odds Machida has a reasonable chance of scoring the upset and taking the title. He is the far more experienced fighter and has been much more active over the last year. Sure he has a few losses but he loses to elite fighters and will employ a tactical approach to try and subdue Weidman. This match might last a few rounds.

Ronda Rousey is popular and as the women’s champ her bouts draw a lot of attention. At UC 175 she will defend her title against Alexis Davis. Rousey has never lost a fight and most of her matches barely last a full round. The two have never fought and you have to wonder whether a fighter like Davis, who too often is not able to knock out her opponents can withstand the barrage that Rousey is likely to throw at her. They may call her the “Ally-Gator” but she is likely to be overmatched. Rousey is such an overwhelming favourite that the opening odds were -2000 in some shops. Those have come down a little, I am seeing as small as -1100. Still huge though.

There is a heavyweight bout on the bill at UFC 175, between Stefan Struve and Matt Mitrioni. Mitrioni is affectionately called “Meathead” and he is going to be in tough against Struve - “The Skyscraper”. They call him that because he is 7 feet tall, providing tremendous reach advantages not often seen. He is also the much more experienced fighter even though he hasn’t fought in more than a year. Neither has all that impressive a track record. Struve is a pretty heavy favourite at -200 in a lot of shops.

Based on the odds it looks like the best bout on this card will be between Marcus Brimage and Russell Doane, a couple of featherweights. Brimage is only -140 but the “Bama Beast” has not fought since 2013 and has not won since 2012. This fight could certainly go either way.


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