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MMA Betting: UFC 183: Silva vs Diaz Main Card Preview

Posted by The Wiesguy on 1/23/2015 11:48:41 PM

Depending on your perspective it is either hard or easy to believe that we are already up to UFC 183. This card should have a pretty familiar feel though as it it will be from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and features a couple of well known stars Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz. It should be a good environment in Sin City on the night before the Super Bowl.

Anderson Silva is one of the better known fighters in UFC but he might have passed his best before date. At 39, he has not fought in more than a year and his last two bouts were losses to Chris Weidman. There is no shame in those losses to the top ranked and undefeated champ of the weight class, but it is clear he is not what he used to be. Diaz has a similar profile just without the previous highs. He has also lost his last two fights and not fought since 2013. He has been in and out of UFC and even had a couple of boxing bouts. He is +325 so it is expected that he is going to be receiving some blows in this one.

The best fight on this card is likely to occur between Jordan Mein and Thiago Alves. Both are experienced welterweights and this fight opened as a pick em. Mein is ranked 15th in the weight class while Alves is 32nd. Neither has fought recently but have generally shown well, though Alves has failed to deliver on the promise he showed in going the distance (and losing) against Georges St. Pierre years ago. Mein is from Canada which makes two Canadians in the top 15 of the welterweight division. Both fighters are currently -110.

There is only one undefeated fighter on the card, Kelvin Gastelum, welterweight, who is 10-0. He puts his perfect record on the line for a chance to climb the rankings against Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley. Woodley is ranked 4th in the class but is actually the underdog here against the 15th ranked Gastelum. Woodley has a couple of recent losses but they have been to Top Ten opponents. This is the last fight before the main event but there is a good chance it will be the most compelling fight of the night. The lower seeded Gastelum has been installed as the favourite at -140. You might want to take a shot with Woodley though for a nice payoff.

A final fight to keep your eye on is between Al Iaquinto and Joe Lauzon. Both are experienced middleweights and currently Iaquinta is the favourite at -170. He fought four times in 2014, winning three, and could be a little more fight ready than Lauzon who has not had as much recent success. The odds might not be the best indicator but these fighters are close in talent, ranking 19th (Lauzon) and 21st (Iaquinta) in the divisional rankings. All things being equal I am always in favour of taking a shot so Lauzon at +150 has my interest.


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