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Posted by The Wiesguy on 6/8/2015 9:05:39 PM

The next big event on the MMA schedule is UFC 188 from Mexico City on Saturday June 13. The marquee bout for this draw is a reunification tilt for the heavyweight division between champion Cain Velasquez and interim champ Fabricio Werdum. Hopefully it can make up for the rest of the card which is ho hum.

This will be the first fight for Velasquez in almost two years. He has just one loss in his MMA career, to Junior dos Santos, who he subsequently beat to reclaim the title back in 2012. Despite the layoff he is a significant favourite against Werdum at as much as -500 at some shops. Werdum won the interim title back in November with a TKO against Mark Hunt. He has not lost a fight since returning to UFC in 2012. He is the older and taller fighter.

The ladies are late on the card for a bout not featuring Ronda Rousey with a tilt between undefeated Tecia Torres and fellow undefeated Angela Hill. Torres has five bouts under her belt winning everyone by unanimous decision. Hill has one knockout amongst her two victories so maybe she can get after Torres enough to win this one before the referees can call it. She is a heavy underdog though at +232.

Other than those two ladies there are two other fighters looking to extend their unbeaten starts. The first you will see that night is Andrew Todhunter (7-0). The middleweight has won all seven of his fights by submission and will be taking on Albert Tumenov. This will be his first UFC fight and he is a heavy underdog at +325. Tumenov has a record of 15-2 but just 3-1 within the UFC. He lost his first bout but has won his last three. He has 10 KOs but has never been knocked out or lost by submission.

The second is 8-0 Henry Cejudo. This bantamweight started out his career really strong winning his first four bouts by knockout or submission in the first round. Since then his fights have gone all three rounds with him winning by unanimous decision. The last two have been in the UFC and this time he will be taking on Chico Camus, who will be making his flyweight debut. His last 10 fights have gone the distance so even though he is a heavy underdog betting on the fight lasting the full three rounds might be the only way to play this one.

According to oddsmakers the best fight of the night will be between Drew Dober and Efrain Escudero. Dober is the favourite at -159 but he is hardly the most intimidating fighter with two losses in his last four fights. Escudero has been in and out of the UFC over the years but with limited success. His fights tend to go the distance whether he wins or not - 11 straight decisions. He has a lot more experience than Dober so maybe there is upset potential there.


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