This coming weekend, the UFC brings us their second offering on the FX channel, as they stage an event in Sydney, Australia headlined by a welterweight war between contenders Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann. The card also features two flyweight bouts as the organization launches into the development of the 125 lb weight class. ’Mighty Mouse’ Demetrious Johnson takes on rugged Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez squares off against Yasuhiro Urushitani in bouts where the winners will meet at a later date to crown a champion. Take a peak at the lines for these fights at http://www.betdsi.com/live-lines/martial-arts/mma-ufc.
The main event between Alves and Kampmann is basically a pick ‘em fight, with both men needing a win to keep a level of relevance in a welterweight division that has seen a lot of turmoil, but is still loaded with talent. A spectacular performance by either man is likely to raise expectations.
The featherweight tournament is sure to be a fast paced shoot out. Demetrious Johnson is a healthy favorite over Ian McCall. It is hard to pick against Johnson in this one despite the line, since Johnson is thought by most experts to finally be in his weight division after fighting up for years. The thought is that he was outstanding at 135, he will be dominant at 125.
The other bout in the tournament has Team Alpha Male’s Joseph Benavides installed as a massive favorite. Here may be a chance to take a risk and bet the underdog. Yasuhiro Urushitani is a solid veteran of Japan’s SHOOTO league, and despite the promotion not being on the scale of PRIDE or DREAM, they have always turned out quality fighters in the lower weight classes. With a payback of more than five times your money on Urushitani, it is worth betting.
Yes Benavides is a great fighter, and he is also fighting in his tailor made weight class, but at -755, you have to look at the underdog. Teammates Chad Mendes and Urijah Faber have recently suffered losses, and Benavides may be feeling pressure to notch a win. Despite that, he will come in with basically the same style as he always does, and it is not out of the realm of possibility that Urushitani might catch him in something. I look for this line to go further up on fight day, but just in case it might be worth grabbing right now.
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