UFC Fight Night 106:Gastelum vs. Belfort Odds, Preview and Predictions
UFC Fight Night 106 takes place on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Centro de Formacao in Forteleza, Brazil. The card airs live on FS1. Middleweight contenders Kelvin Gastelum and Vitor Belfort will meet in the main event. Bet on the latest UFC Fight Night 106 odds at BookMaker.eu now.
A sweet UFC Fight Night card is shaping up for March 11 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Legends Vitor Belfort and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will defend their native soil, while top-10 fighter Edson Barboza continues his case as a title contender. Also on the card is a barnburner between Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira and Tim Means.
Let’s take a look at your available UFC betting options at BookMaker.eu and preview some of the night’s notable scraps. UFC odds for every fight on the card should be available by the start of fight week.
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Middleweight - Kelvin Gastelum (-385) vs. Vitor Belfort (+315)
Gastelum is in kind of a weird spot. He truly believes he should be fighting at welterweight, but a win over Belfort would mark his second big win at 185 pounds. Let’s just say he’s a likely contender in both divisions, and at middleweight he doesn’t have to worry about a grueling weight cut.
This is a crossroads match for both fighters, as the aging Belfort is hoping to avoid his third consecutive loss against a quickly rising contender. The Brazilian has lost a step or two at age 39, but his hand speed and knockout power still garners respect. Gastelum will likely test his powerful brand of boxing against the striker, which should lead to plenty of action.
UFC Fight Night 106: Vitor Belfort vs. Kelvin Gastelum Prediction
This Saturday’s main event between Vitor Belfort and Kelvin Gastelum is by every definition a crossroads fight. In Belfort, you have an aging 39-year old former champion who has lost three of his past four. In stark contrast, the 25-year old Kelvin Gastelum is one of the best current prospects at 185 and coming off two huge wins. Continue...
Light Heavyweight - Mauricio Rua (-140 )vs. Gian Villante (120)
If you’ve followed MMA since the heydey of Pride FC, “Shogun” Rua needs no introduction. His highlight reel from the Japanese promotion is filled with jaw-dropping knockouts over premier opponents. However, his physical decline has been steep in recent years, and at just 35 he is a shell of his former self.
The UFC is setting him up for a win on native soil by pairing him up with Gian Villante, a mid-level fighter who loves a good firefight. Rua should be happy to oblige him, and we could get another sloppy-yet-highly-entertaining slugfest in the mold of the classic Rua-Henderson bout.
UFC Fight Night 106 - Mauricio Rua vs. Gian Villante Prediction
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua battles Gian Villante at UFC Fight Night 106 on Saturday in Brazil. It is a matchup between the veteran Rua who is 24-10 including 8-8 in the UFC and Villante, who is 15-7 including 5-4 in the UFC. This bout is one of six on the main card that can be seen on FS1. There are also seven fights on the preliminary card with four on FS1 and three on UFC Fight Pass. Let’s look at Rua vs. Villante and UFC picks. Continue...
Lightweight - Edson Barboza (-180) vs. Beneil Dariush (+155)
The winner of this matchup tosses his name into a deep pool of title contenders at 155. But the real storyline of this matchup will be how the underrated Beneil Dariush deals with the deadly leg kicks of Edson Barboza. It’s become his go-to move, and it’s hard not to wince as he slams his shin into soft tissue over and over again.
But Dariush is a guy that figures out ways to win, and we do know that Barboza has wilted under pressure before. This looks like a surefire, back-and-forth crowdpleaser.
UFC Fight Night 106 - Edson Barboza vs. Beneil Dariush Prediction
Edson Barboza is favored against Beneil Dariush at UFC Fight Night 106 on Saturday in Brazil. Barboza is 18-4 overall and 12-4 in the UFC, and ranked No. 6 in the lightweight division, while Dariush is 14-2 overall and 8-2 in the UFC, and ranked No. 10 in the division. This fight is one of five on the main card on FS1, while there are seven on the preliminary card, with four on FS1 and three on UFC Fight Pass. Let’s look at Barboza vs. Dariush and UFC picks. Continue...
More on the Card
Alex Oliveira (+195) vs. Tim Means (-230)
Francisco Trinaldo (+130) vs. Kevin Lee (+160)
These two have met before, but the fight was waved off in the opening minutes due to an illegal knee. Now, these two knockout artists have a chance to finish what they started. The only stats you need to see to get hyped: Oliveira has 10 KOs in 15 career wins, and Means has 18 KOs in 26 victories. Yeah, somebody’s getting clobbered.
Trinaldo has become a guy that’s impossible to ignore, with seven straight wins at 155. Now, he’s gunning for a top-10 spot in a matchup with prospect Kevin Lee, who is 7-2 inside the octagon. The lightweight division is already super crowded at the top, but Trinaldo could force his way into the conversation.
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