I suppose the appropriate term is, "Frenemies."
Long-time mixed martial arts (MMA) training partners Mark Munoz and Lyoto Machida will be forced to put aside their friendship this Saturday afternoon (Sat., Oct. 26, 2013) when "Filipino Wrecking Machine" welcomes "The Dragon" to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight division in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30 from Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England.
In addition, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 9 winner, Ross Pearson, will take on one of the Lightweight division's most damaging punchers, Melvin Guillard, in the FOX Sports 2-televised co-main event, while undefeated Englishman Jimi Manuwa tests his mettle against karate stylist Ryan Jimmo.
That's not all.
UFC Fight Night 30 is a great way to wake up from your Friday night debauchery, as well as a means to make a little extra scratch on the side.
Follow us below for the latest UFC Fight Night 30: "Machida vs. Munoz" odds, betting lines and best bets:
UFC Fight Night 30 Odds For The Under Card:
Al Iaquinta (-160) vs. Piotr Hallmann (+120)
Andrew Craig (-185) vs. Luke Barnatt (+160)
Rosi Sexton (-145) vs. Jessica Andrade (+105)
Cole Miller (-170) vs. Andy Ogle (+150)
Jimy Hettes (-600) vs. Robert Whiteford (+400)
Michael Kuiper (-300) vs. Brad Scott (+220)
Thoughts: Sexton opened up as an underdog and I’d just made my decision to bet on her when the lines shifted. Yippee. Still, I think you could do worse than betting on her; Andrade’s poor wrestling and willingness to jump for the guillotine means Rosi’s going to wind up on top eventually and I don’t see her losing once she’s there.
Craig might also be worth a look, as Barnatt stinks at maximizing his size advantage and Craig should be able to work him over at close range or on the mat.
UFC Fight Night 30 Odds For The Main Card:
Lyoto Machida (-360) vs. Mark Munoz (+300)
Melvin Guillard (-140) vs. Ross Pearson (+120)
Jimi Manuwa (-170) vs. Ryan Jimmo (+150)
Norman Parke (-155) vs. Jon Tuck (+135)
Alessio Sakara (-220) vs. Nicholas Musoka (+180)
John Lineker (-380) vs. Phil Harris (+315)
Thoughts: I was eyeing a play on Manuwa, banking on the Englishman’s massive power to overwhelm his often-tentative foe. His poor cardio and mediocre takedown defense, however, convinced me to leave that one alone. Instead, I recommend an underdog in Pearson and a slight favorite in Parke.
Looking back on Ross’s fight with Cub, it’s certainly understandable why Melvin is the favorite; Ross seemed to have zero answer for Cub’s power and athleticism. In my opinion, however, Pearson was never impressive at 145 and Cub possesses a freakishly large arsenal, particularly his kicks, that took away Ross’s head movement. Melvin, while extremely strong and fast, is a straightforward boxer with some heavy knees. Ross excels at using the inside slip to get close and rip with his left hook, a strategy that should pay dividends against Guillard. Plus, Melvin’s shaky chin and tendency to overcommit directly into an opponent’s takedowns have me thinking Ross can pull the upset.
Tuck is a very good grappler with solid striking, plus some real knockout power. He’s also had one fight since November of 2011 and showed some majorly lacking cardio against Tiequan Zhang. Against a relentless takedown artist like "Stormin’ Norman," that’s a dealbreaker. If Tuck can land flush standing or achieve top position, this is a fight he can win; I just think his inability to dictate position is going to cost him as Parke grinds him down. Bet on it.
UFC Fight Night 30 Best Bets:
- Single bet: Norman Parke -- Bet $60 to make $38.70
- Single bet: Rosi Sexton -- Bet $40 to make $27.58
- Single bet: Ross Pearson -- Bet $30 to make $43.20
- Parlay: Andrew Craig and Norman Parke -- Bet $40 to make $61.60
There are worse ways to work off a hangover than watching guys give each other worse headaches on an early Saturday afternoon.
See you then, Maniacs.
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