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MMA Betting: UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi

Posted by The Wiesguy on 5/28/2014 8:31:35 PM

The next big event on the UFC calendar is UFC Fight Night:  Munoz vs. Mousasi or UFC Fight Night: 41. The card will be from the 02 World Arena in Berlin, Germany, the first time teh UFC have been to Berlin, on Saturday May 31. There should be tremendous interest in this one after the major upset we saw at the last event with Dillishaw beating Barao in the featured bout.

If fights were rated on the nicknames of their fighters this one would be one of the best around with Mark Munoz, aka the Filipino Wrecking Machine taking on Gegard Mousasi, The Dreamcatcher. Mousasi is the far more experienced fighter with nearly 40 fights under his belt and an impressive 34-4-2 record. Munoz also has 4 losses in his fight career but has only 13 victories to his credit. Mousasi is a little longer and even though he has more experience is the younger fighter by 8 years. As it happens both of these fighter lost their last fight to Lyoto Machida. By comparison Munoz was KO'd in the first round while Mousasi went the distance before losing by decision. That might tell you all you need to know in terms of why he is the favourite at -300.

One fight that should be a good one is Luke Barnatt vs. Sean Strickland. Both fighters are undefeated with 22 fights in between them. In this middleweight tilt both fighters are tipping the scales at 185 but Barnatt is 6’6” while Strickland is just 6’1. That is a pretty big advantage in length and could make it hard for Strickland to continue his winning ways against the guy they call “The Bigslow”. That is a terrible nickname but Barnatt is -210 for this bout.

There is one more undefeated fighter on the main card and that is Nicklas Backstrom. The name might sound like it is more suited for the NHL than MMA but this fighter from Sweden has been proving himself in the featherweight division. His last three fights have all been won by TKO making him an intriguing candidate at +205.  His opponent is Tom Niinimaki, from Finland, so there could be a little something there. Similar to above there is a height/reach mismatch with Backstrom having 3 inches on his opponent. Niinimaki has more than three times the experience and hasn’t lost a fight since 2007, which was before Backstrom was even on the circuit.  I suppose it is that experience that is making him a -240 favourite. However, I think the +205 with the Swede is worth taking a chance on.

The last UFC event was supposed to be anticlimactic with Barao vs. Dillishaw about the fourth main event combo they came up with due to injury and other circumstances. Dillishaw’s win, as a huge underdog, got the attention of both the MMA and handicapping worlds and there is nowhere near as huge an underdog as he was that night on this card. The biggest payoff you can get is with Vaughan Lee at +300 on the undercard. It will be interesting to see how fights odds are affected in the near future.


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