Today, we’re looking into the near future and picking out underdogs that you really should consider now - before the betting public possibly shifts the odds out of your favor during fight week. Let’s get into it, like the savvy, responsible gamblers we all are.
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UFC 211, May 13
Junior Dos Santos +150 vs. Stipe Miocic -175
Jessica Andrade +145 vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk -165
Yair Rodriguez +145 vs. Frankie Edgar -165
Unless your name is Cain Velasquez, it’s damn near impossible to take Junior Dos Santos down. It’s even tougher to hold him there, ‘cause he’s got great hips that let him spring back up like cat. If Miocic doesn’t have the threat of wrestling, he’s gonna have to box.
That’s exactly where JDS is most comfortable, and in a pure boxing match he can hang with any heavyweight in the division. Miocic’s can throw hands too, for sure, but he’s not going to have an advantage on the feet against the challenger. The longer it stays on the feet, the closer this matchup gets.
Claudia Gadelha proved that J-Check can be overpowered and taken to the mat - the Brazilian just didn’t have the gas tank to hold her down for five rounds. Jessica Andrade might be a different story.
“Bate Estaca” is ridiculously powerful - the chick’s a former bantamweight now fight in a weight class 20 pounds lighter. We’ve seen her go hard for three rounds without flinching, and she’s a much more polished striker than Gadelha to boot.
Yair Rodriguez is the bigger, more explosive fighter in his matchup with Frankie Edgar, and you never know what the hell the Taekwondo-based fighter is gonna throw. Edgar’s only got three rounds to figure out how to stop a relentless, unpredictable offense.
UFC Fight Night 109, May 26
Glover Teixeira +150 vs. Alexander Gustafsson -180
I expect Teixeira’s line to go up even further, but +150 is already a good payout. The Brazilian doesn’t have Rumble’s killshot power, but he’s certainly got enough to make Gustafsson involuntary do Nay Nay. And really, when’s the last time you saw the Swede not get rocked in a fight against a contender?
UFC 212, June 3
Fabricio Werdum +130 vs. Alistair Overeem -160
If Werdum can knock out Mark Hunt and outstrike Travis Browne twice, then there’s no reason he can’t hang with Overeem on the feet. Plus, you’ve got to consider the fact that this is a five-rounder, and The Reem is a guy whose stamina meter drains extremely quickly in a firefight.
If Werdum can force Overeem into a messy fight - something the Brazilian excels at doing - I’m not so sure the Dutchman can keep up in deep waters. If the UFC fight odds at BookMaker.eu comes up to +150, a small bet on Werdum makes a lot of sense.
T.J. Dillashaw +110 vs. Cody Garbrandt -140
When the money lines first opened between these two, it was Dillashaw that was a -130 favorite. Just a few months later, everybody’s favorite Snake in the Grass is looking up as a +110 favorite. That could play out in your favor.
Let’s be clear: Dillashaw is not a Dominick Cruz clone. They have similar approaches, but T.J. is more athletic and a more committed wrestler. Garbrandt was able to stunt on Cruz, but that really won’t be a good idea against a faster, more dangerous striker.
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