In the middle of a tough stretch for MMA, the UFC’s next offering is scheduled for this weekend as UFC on FUEL TV 5: Struve vs. Miocic hits merry old England. The card is packed with a lot of European talent, and there are several interesting bouts at the top of the card to keep the betting public interested.
Look for the odds for the Dan Hardy vs. Amir Sadollah and Yves Jabouin vs. Brad Pickett main card bouts to pop up at the sports books later this week.
I expect Hardy and Pickett, both Brits who will be enjoying the home field advantage, to be favored when the lines come out. Both bouts are exciting, with both Brits having a reputation a sluggers and both needing a win.
Hardy is coming off a win against Duane Ludwig, after 4 straight defeats. It is a tribute to his style and ruggedness that he stuck with the UFC despite 4 straight losses prior to that. He has been in with the UFC’s top names and held his own, and he has a lot of experience on Sadollah. On Sadollah’s record is a loss to Ludwig, which is another indication Hardy will likely be a solid favorite heading into the fight.
Pickett, known as ‘One Punch’ is also blessed with an exciting style, and holds some solid wins on his 21-6 record. This includes a win over Flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson, and we have heard Pickett’s name surface around a potential title shot in the past. Pickett won his last outing against Damacio Page and needs to keep winning in order to stay in the upper echelon of the weight class. Pickett may have a tougher job ahead of him than Hardy, as he faces Yves Jabouin who is close to him in experience and in quality of opposition. Despite that, Pickett should come in at least a 2 to 1 favorite, and should get a push from the betting public.
Miocic continues to be favored at over 2 to 1 over Struve, as Struve’s suspect chin and Miocic’s firepower seem to be a mix that favors the Croatian. -240 for Miocic with a +175 comeback on Struve is where the odds sit for the main event as of press time!
Overall, the UFC needs to return to the UK with a Michael Bisping versus Anderson Silva main event. Despite a solid card of fights, this must be considered a smaller UFC offering.