The UFC 144: Edgar vs Henderson event takes place in Tokyo, Japan this Saturday at 10PM ET. Saying that the fight card is stacked is a serious understatement. The star power is bursting at the seams for this event so be sure to order the Pay-Per-View so that you can catch all the action. Take advantage of my UFC 144 betting picks below so that you can get some ROI back from the PPV, snacks and beer I know you will stock up on for this event.
Frankie “The Answer” Edgar vs Ben “Smooth” Henderson for the UFC Lightweight Title
Both fighters have a strong wrestling and BJJ background so I see those two areas potentially being cancelled out by each other skills. Ben is the bigger, stronger fighter but its not easy pinning down Frankie even if you have the size and strength advantage. Most of Frankie’s victorious have been over bigger sized fighters, so size and strength is not a factor when it comes to Edgar.
Let’s take a look at the BetDSI Sportsbook UFC betting odds on this match:
BEN HENDERSON PKEV
FRANKIE EDGAR -130
The odds are even as Ben Henderson, former WEC lightweight champ, is a real contender and is ranked #4 in Sherdog’s lightweight rankings. Nevertheless, I give this fight to Edgar. He has never been finished and knows how to survive even after taking several heavy hits. Frankie has faster hands and feet and is more of a complete, technical fighter.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs Ryan “Darth” Bader
This match up has all the ingredients needed for one of them to go home with the Knockout of the Night Award. These fighters are both heavy hitters, are strong wrestlers and are members of the “I got submitted by Jon Jones” club. Both definitely have a weakness against submissions and prefer to keep the fight standing but finish with ground and pound. Let’s see what the BetDSI MMA betting odds are on this match:
RYAN BADER +190
QUINTON JACKSON -240
Jackson is the bigger favorite than I thought he would be especially considering that he has been TKO’d twice and KO’d once while Bader has only lost via submission. In addition, Bader was able to KO Keith Jardine in 2010 while Rampage had to settle for a decision victory over the same opponent in 2009. All things considered, I give this fight to Rampage. Jackson has more KO power and even though he is coming off a loss, he has never lost twice in a row.
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