The UFC has a busy weekend coming up, as Friday December 14th, they air UFC on FX6 featuring the finals of the Australia versus Britain edition of their reality show, while December 15th sees Las Vegas, Nevada host the TUF Season 16 Finale. The Australian offering features Middleweight contender Hector Lombard and Bantamweight star Chad Mendes, as well as the finals from the UK-Aussie version of the reality show and the fight between coaches Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos. The American version of the reality show ends in Vegas, with coach Roy Nelson fighting fill in Matt Mitrione, and features the heavyweight fight between Shane Del Rosario and Pat Barry, as well lightweight Melvin Guillard taking on Jamie Varner. Overall, a good weekend of fights, let’s look at the lines…
The match between Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos is a near pick ‘em fight, with the Aussie Sotiropolous a slight favorite at -140 with the comeback on Pearson at +110. In typical Reality show fashion, both men genuinely do not like each other. Both men have had some success in the UFC, but the loser is at risk of losing his job. Sotiropolous especially, as he has dropped 2 in a row.
The line for the Lombard-Palhares fight has Lombard favored at -220, with Rousimar paying back +185. Like the headliners, Lombard is in desperate need of a win, as he laid an egg in his UFC debut and really cannot afford to lose 2 in a row.
Former title challenger Chad Mendes looks to start a win streak with his second win in a row, as he takes on newcomer Yaotzin Mesa, who is a last minute replacement. Look for Mendes to be heavily favored when the line is set for this one.
On the stateside, Roy Nelson takes on Matt Mitrione, who is a late step in for Shane Carwin. Mitrione will be the underdog in this one, which was not the case with Carwin. Interestingly, Nelson has been calling on his opponents to undergo VADA testing for PEDs, and Mitrione turned him down on the proposition, calling it a distraction. Won’t help Mitrione, as Nelson is too rugged and experienced for Mitrione.
Another interesting heavyweight fight is between stand up fighters Pat Barry and Shane Del Rosario. Barry is an impressive stand up fighter, but the skills have not translated to the octagon, where he has lost 4 of his last 6 fights. Del Rosario is coming off his first loss in MMA, and appears to be the more complete fighter.
Take a look at www.betdsi.com for the lines to all the fights on these events to start popping up throughout this week!