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MMA Betting: UFC 194 Main Card Preview

Posted by The Wiesguy on 12/11/2015 8:49:40 PM

There has been a lot going on in the fight game lately. First the lovely Ronda Rousey loses her first fight and then Wladimir Klitschko goes down as heavyweight champ in boxing (and don’t even get me started on the rematch drama). Sometimes all this stuff can get a little stale as we move from card to card and we need something out of the ordinary to hold our interest. The wagering never hurts either.

The next event from the UFC is UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor taking place on Saturday December 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Funnily enough the eveny was supposed to take place a week earlier but it got bumped by an Andrea Bocelli concert. How is that for what is really important in this world?

The marquee match for this card is the featherweight unification bout between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor. The lines have this one as tight as can be and it should be very exciting when you look at the resumes of each fighter. Aldo is the champion and he has lost only once in his whole career. He has never lost a UFC fight including seven title defenses. McGregor’s record is nearly as good with just a couple of losses from back in his cage fighting days. He claimed the interim champ title over the summer and is a perfect six for six in the UFC overall. This should be a great battle.

The next fight down on the card should also be a good one as middleweight champ Chris Weidman defends his title against Luke Rockhold. Weidman has been perfect in his career (12-0) and you can make arguments that he is pound for pound the best fighter on the circuit. This will be his fifth title defense. Rockhold is definitely no slouch. He held the weight class championship on the Strikeforce circuit and has just a couple of losses overall. One to Vitor Belfort who Weidman took care of in his last title defense. The odds definitely put Weidman as the favourite but at just -135 an upset would not be a shock.

This main card does not feature the mismatches we have come to expect in many of these cards. Like Weidman, Ronaldo Souza is only a -135 favourite against Yoel Romero and Demian Maia is even less at -120 vs. Gunnar Nelson. In both cases the favourites are the more experienced of the two combatants while the underdogs have lost only one fight over the course of their careers. Souza’s last loss was to Rockhold back in 2011 so he is not exactly welcoming the next generation. Maia has not been as dominant suffering back to back losses in 2013/14. He has since won three in a row but if you are going to back one of the dogs, Nelson seems like the better bet. The Icelandic fighter usually puts away his opponents quickly too.


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