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MMA Betting: UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson Preview

Posted by The Wiesguy on 6/1/2015 10:50:14 PM

The next date in the UFC Fight Night series is Saturday June 5 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The feature bout of this event will be a middleweight tilt between Tim Boetsch and Dan Henderson. Per usual there were about four other combinations that were at one time going to headline this event but this is the one we have got so let’s break it down along with others in the lineup. It might be the best card of the year but there is no need to shell out it will be live on Fox Sports 1.

Often times the main event is a mismatch but this one should be pretty competitive. Tim Boetsch is the favourite but he has lost four of his last six bouts heading into Saturday. He was a champ in the 5150 Combat League but that is going back a ways (2010). Dan Henderson is also a former champ who has fallen on harder times of late winning only one of his last six bouts. Twice he has been beaten in the first round but hopefully against more even competition this marquee fight is worth waiting all evening for. It is anybody’s guess who would win so getting a better payoff with Hendo is something to consider.

The fight that will be the toughest to call, according to the oddsmakers, will be between bantamweights Francisco Rivera and Alex Caceres. Rivera is a slight favourite at -112 but he also has not won a fight in more than a year (this is quite the winning card huh?). Caceres is in the same boat. Both of these fighters have recently lost to Urijah Faber. For what it is worth Caceres lasted until the third round of that fight while Rivera went down against Faber in two. This one is going to be really tough to call.

One match that stood out to me at first glance is between Brian Ebersole and Omari Akhmedov. Ebersole might not be a household but he has racked up 51 wins and it looks like he has fought on every circuit that has ever existed. He is a former cage fighting champ but in the UFC he is just 5-2 and has yet to earn any distinction. Akhmedov has a very nice 14-2 record but most of that was back in Russia. This is just his fourth UFC fight. He is the favourite against Ebersole at -132.

There are two undefeated fighters on this card with 8-0 Brian Ortega taking on Thiago Tavares and 5-0 Ricardo Abreu taking on Jake Collier. The expectations of how those fights will turn out could not be more different with Ortega a pretty significant underdog at +158 while Abreu is the largest favourite of the night at -196. Here is an impressive nugget about Abreu, of his five pro fights only one has lasted longer than 1:01. This will be just his second time in the ring as part of a UFC event though and it looks like the competition is stiffening for “Demente”.

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