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MMA Betting: UFC 185 - Pettis vs. Dos Anjos Preview

Posted by The Wiesguy on 3/9/2015 8:35:23 PM

The next big UFC card is UFC 185: Pettis vs. Dos Anjos, live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Saturday March 14. This card is taking some heat for not having big names but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a lot of very competitive fights to get your money down on.

Before I even get into discussing the marquee bout it is interesting that this card has a ladies fight as the main undercard. With all of the attention Rousey vs. Zingano got just a couple of weeks ago, and this title fight coming on its heels, it is clear the ladies are getting more attention than ever. On this card will be a battle for the Women’s World Strawweight Champioship, pitting Carla Esparza against Joanna Jedrzenczyk - who is undefeated. Despite the fact that she has fallen a couple of times Esparza is still the favourite. She hasn’t lost since 2011. I am always intrigued by undefeated fighters at Joanna J is coming off at +150.

Back to the main event which is a match for the World Lightweight Championship between Anthony Pettis and Rafael dos Anjos. Judging by the odds Pettis is going to tear him apart, he is listed as high as -435. Pettis has only lost a couple of fights in his career, none since, 2011, and has generally been making quick work of opponents. dos Anjos has enough wins to justify a title fight but most of his are of the decision variety. He does not dominate and it is hard to see him being able to drag this one out to get a decision in his favour. Take the favourite or pass.

Using the odds, the most even match will be between Daron Cruickshank and Beneil Dariush. This is a classic battle of youth vs. experience. Dariush is a relative newcomer with only 10 fights under his belt (9-1). Cruickshank has more than twice as many fights but “The Detroit Superstar” is barely the favourite. Neither is in the lightweight rankings which really Cruickshank should be given that he has 21 victories under his belt. That says a lot about what he has done, or hasn’t, since joining the circuit.

A couple of fighters will look to extend their perfect records on Saturday. First up is Elias Thedorou. He has not been taking the middleweight division by storm but nobody has beat him yet. He is -325 against Roger Narvaez (who has only lost once himself). Whoever wins this one will have a chance to jump into the rankings pretty soon. The other undefeated fighter is Henry Cejudo. Just 7-0 he has had an interesting evolution. His first few fights were all knockouts but his most recent ones were decisions. Looks like the competition is stiffening and he is not able to dominate. Taking on Chris Cariaso he is a prohibitive favourite at -580. At that kind of number I am not sure it is worth putting your money in play. Unless you want to take a shot with the underdog.

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