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Ultimate Fighter Finale Main Card Preview: American Top Team Versus Team Blackzilians

Posted by on 7/8/2015 10:40:07 PM

After successfully making the shift from pitting individual fighters against one another to pitting two of the top teams in the sport against one another the UFC will look to finish with a bang when they hold The Ultimate Fighter Finale: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians. This season has been about a lot more than just money as both teams have put their pride on the line for the opportunity to be called the best and they will both get one last chance to make a statement in The Ultimate Fighter Finale: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians this upcoming weekend.

Welterweight Bout

(30-9-0) Jake Ellenberger vs. Stephen Thompson (10-1-0)

Ellenberger rebounded from three straight losses with a submission win over Josh Koscheck but that won’t convince anybody that he is ready to return to the welterweight conversation. Koscheck is over the hill and while Thompson hasn’t proven he is ready to compete for the title just yet he is certainly headed in the right direction after stringing together four straight wins including consecutive knockout victories over Chris Clements and Robert Whittaker. Las Vegas doesn’t believe Ellenberger’s win meant much and we tend to agree with them as we will take the favorite Thompson via stoppage in this fight.

Pick: Thompson -220

Welterweight Bout

(28-9-0) Jorge Masvidal vs. Cezar Ferreira (9-4-0)

Masvidal had won three straight fights before a loss to Al Iaquinta pushed him to reconsidering his weight class and now he will move up to the welterweight division to take on Ferreira in this fight. Ferreira has lost two of his last three fights and will drop weight to get to the welterweight level so that won’t help his chances in this bout. Masvidal could have very well beaten Iaquinta and with the opportunity to move up and showcase his power at the welterweight level he should bounce back with a win as the substantial favorite for this bout.

Pick: Misvidal -280

Women’s Strawweight Bout

(12-4-0) Michael Waterson vs. Angela Magana (11-7-0)

The various women’s divisions within the UFC have been interesting only because it appears that no matter what the promotion does to push parity they can’t seem to find suitable matchups at the top. That problem will continue when Waterson matches up against Magana with the latter fighter coming off three straight losses. Waterson is coming off her first loss in more than five years but she had won six straight tilts before that and should bounce back in a fight that isn’t even worth betting on considering the odds for the favorite.

Pick: Waterson -600

Bantamweight Bout

(14-4-0) Russell Doane vs. Jerrod Sanders (14-3-0)

The second of two bantamweight fights to really get this card going will feature Doane in a prime position to bounce back from his first loss since 2013 against an opponent trending in the wrong direction in Sanders. Sanders is coming off consecutive losses and the only reason why you wouldn’t bet on Doane handing him a third in a row is the fact that he is listed as such a substantial favorite.

Pick: Doane -400

Bantamweight Bout

(13-4-0) Darrell Montague vs. Willie Gates (11-5-0)

There wasn’t nearly as much reason to bet on the underdog in a number of the other fighters but Gates had won five straight fights and certainly looked like the real deal before he tapped out against John Moraga at the UFC on FOX 13 and he should be able to figure out an opponent who has trended the wrong way with consecutive losses in the favorite Montague.

Pick: Gates +120


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