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UFC on Fox 21 - Betting Guide

Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia PredictionWelterweight contenders Carlos Condit (30-9, 15 KOs, 13 SUBs) and Demian Maia (23-6, 3 KOs, 11 SUBs) will headline UFC on FOX 21, which takes place on Saturday, August 27 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada. The main card will be televised on FOX starting 9 p.m. ET.

When it comes to UFC fight cards, pay-per-views are at the top of the pecking order, followed closely by its FOX cards. UFC on FOX 21 is no different, with a stacked card featuring title contenders galore. At the top of it all is an awesome striker vs. grappler matchup between two former title challengers in Carlos Condit and Demian Maia.

The rest of the card is filled with exciting fighters, like former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and strawweight hottie Paige VanZant. The only thing keeping this from being a pay-per-view card is a title fight. Take a look at what you can expect.

Main Event

Welterweights - Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia
Odds Update:
Condit -110, Maia -110
 

What to Expect

Normally, when a fighter is defined by his ability to suffocate an opponent on the ground, fans decry him as boring. That was the case with John Fitch and even the great Georges St. Pierre. Demian Maia wins by the same method, but there’s something different about the Brazilian. Perhaps it’s because he’s widely regarded as one of the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu artists ever to have competed inside the octagon. It’s not hard to appreciate his complete mastery on the mat.

However, he’ll have his hands full with Carlos Condit, who is the most active welterweight on the roster. On the feet, he never stops throwing. Flying knees, elbows, punches, kicks -- you name it. And that doesn’t stop on the ground either. Whether it’s slashing elbows from the bottom or a constant stream of submission attempts, “The Natural Born Killer” just. Doesn’t. Stop.

Co-Main Event

Featherweights - Anthony Pettis vs. Charles Oliveira
Odds Update:
Pettis -192, Oliveira +159

What to Expect

It wasn’t long ago that Pettis was poised to take over B.J. Penn’s title as the greatest lightweight champion in UFC history. But three straight losses, in lackluster fights nonetheless, have sent “Showtime” to the featherweight division. Fight fans deserve a rejuvenated Pettis, as his combination of elite athleticism and flashy striking game is a rarity.

Pettis’ weakness has always been against strong wrestlers who can control him. While Oliveira isn’t a dominating one in the sense of somebody like Chad Mendes, the Brazilian is a supremely talented submission artist with 13 finishes by way of tapout. He’s no slouch on the feet either -- blessed with plus athleticism of his own, Oliveira has become a willing and capable striker.

Women’s Strawweights - Paige VanZant vs. Bec Rawlings
Odds Update
: VanZant -202, Rawlings +169 

The PVZ hype train was blown apart by mini-Furiosa Rose Namajunas, but the Team Alpha Male bombshell remains an attractive, marketable contender at 115 pounds. Her aggressive fight style is exceedingly fan-friendly, but at some point her raw talent has to be harnessed into an evolved fighting style.

VanZant gets a bounceback fight against Bec Rawlings, a former TUF20 contestant with a nose for submissions. If Paige can’t beat a good middle class strawweight, she is at risk of giving fuel to all her detractors that claim her popularity is based on her good looks alone.

Lightweights - Jim Miller vs. Joe Lauzon
Odds Update
: Lauzon -140, Miller +120 

The last time these two met, in 2012, the result was a thrilling, bloody Fight of the Year candidate. Here we go again. Although Miller and Lauzon aren’t quite the fighters they were three years ago, they are both considered quality fighters in a stacked division. Both men are coming off knockout wins, and the 21 post-fight bonuses between the two speak to their abilities to put on amazing bouts.

UFC on Fox 21 Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia Prediction

UFC on FOX: Maia vs. Condit is set for Saturday night in Vancouver with the headline bout being the one between Demian Maia and Carlos Condit. These two were supposed to fight at UFC 202 but the bout was moved so it could headline this card, also known as UFC on FOX 21. There are four bouts on the main part of the FOX card, four more on the FOX preliminary card and four prelims that can be seen on UFC Fight Pass. Continue...

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