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St. Preux Looks To Prove His Worth Versus Bader At UFC Fight Night 47

Posted by Jack “The Hammer” Howard on 7/28/2014 10:29:32 PM

After watching Robbie Lawler and Anthony Johnson put on a show as the favorites in their respective bouts at the UFC on Fox 12 event, fans already can’t wait to get in on the action for UFC Fight Night 47 on August 16. While the card doesn’t have many big names, the list of main card tilts promises plenty of action, with a rising star in Ovince St. Preux taking on Ryan Bader in the main event, and Gray Maynard returning to the Octagon to clash with Fabricio Camoes.

Light Heavyweight Bout

(17-4-0) Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux (16-5-0)

The 31-year old St. Preux has taken notice in the UFC, with four-straight wins since coming over from the Strikeforce promotion. Even more impressive is that his last two wins have come via submission, with both Nikita Krylov and Ryan Jimmo quitting before the second round is over. Bader has solidified himself as a top-10 light heavyweight fighter with back-to-back wins over Anthony Perosh and Rafael Cavalcante, but he will be in a tough spot against a fighter as versatile as St. Preux. Bader is listed as the favorite, but unlike at the UFC on FOX 12 event, the smart money will be on the underdog in this bout.

UFC Betting Pick: Ovince St. Preux + 140

Lightweight Bout

(15-7-1) Ross Pearson vs. Abel Trujillo (12-5-1)

Pearson’s fight with Melvin Guillard was ruled a no contest after an illegal knee, and he wound up losing to Diego Sanchez via split decision this past June, so it’s understandable that he would want to get back in to the Octagon just a couple of months later to fight Trujillo. Trujillo proved his worth with back-to-back wins over Roger Bowling and Jamie Varner, but this will be his toughest test so far in the UFC, and Pearson is desperate to get back on track with a victory.

UFC Betting Pick: Ross Pearson - 300

Middleweight Bout

(17-7-0) Tim Boetsch vs. Brad Tavares (12-2-0)

The veteran Boetsch has dropped three of his last four fights, including a first-round submission loss to Luke Rockhold the last time that he was in the Octagon. However, Boetsch is a Maine-native, and he is desperate for a win heading in to the first UFC event in his state. Tavares had won five-straight tilts before his loss to Yoel Romero this past April, but each of those wins came via decision against lesser competition. All of that should set up a storybook ending for the home fans, as they cheer on the Boetsch win.

UFC Betting Pick: Tim Boetsch - 200

Lightweight Bout

(11-3-1) Gray Maynard vs. Fabricio Camoes (14-8-1)

Maynard hasn’t fought since he was knocked out by Nate Diaz in the first round of their TUF 18 Finale bout, which was the second fight in a row where he suffered a first-round knockout after he was taken out by TJ Grant at UFC 160. Maynard has lost three of his last four fights, and he looks far removed from a time when he opened his career with 10-straight wins. Still, Camoes is coming off back-to-back losses to Guillard and Jim Miller, and at 35-years old, he isn’t the threat he once was. This is the perfect opportunity for Maynard to get back on track, so look for him to come through with a crucial victory.

UFC Betting Pick: Gray Maynard -180

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