UFC Fight Night 31 ain't for the fortunate mixed martial arts (MMA) sons.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is once again paying tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces this evening (Weds., Nov. 6, 2013), bringing the Octagon to Fort Campbell in Kentucky. Headlining "Fight for Troops 3" are active Army Ranger Tim Kennedy and rising Brazilian Rafael Natal, both in prime position to enter the Middleweight Top 10 with an impressive win.
What's more, Jorge Masvidal will face Dagestani suplex machine Rustam Khabilov, while Liz Carmouche looks to beat her way back into title contention at the expense of Brazilian jiu-jitsu whiz Alexis Davis.
Though it may lack the star power of other cards, this one's loaded with the potential for highlight-reel material. Follow me for the latest UFC Fight Night 31 betting odds / lines to see if we can find some scratch in it, too.
UFC Fight Night 31 Odds For Under Card:
James Krause (-160) vs. Bobby Green (+120)
Dennis Bermudez (-180) vs. Steven Siler (+140)
Francisco Rivera (-135) vs. George Roop (-105)
Seth Baczynski (-155) vs. Neil Magny (+115)
Lorenz Larkin (-320) vs. Chris Camozzi (+240)
Germaine de Randamie (-165) vs. Amanda Nunes (+125)
Yancy Medeiros (-165) vs. Yves Edwards (+125)
Derek Brunson (-185) vs. Brian Houston (+145)
Thoughts: Just saying this is probably asking for disaster, but I really like the odds on Rivera. While Roop seems to have made a habit of regularly making me look like an idiot, he also has a habit of getting tagged and hurt in fights, something he absolutely cannot afford against someone with the tremendous power of Rivera. Brian Bowles got inside on him, Reuben Duran got inside on him, Cub Swanson got inside on him and Mark Hominick got inside on him.
And when Rivera gets inside on him, things are going to take a turn for the unpleasant. Therefore, lay some scratch down on "Cisco."
Bermudez may also be worth a look even though his last two wins were iffy because he ostensibly presents a serious stylistic issue for Siler, who has struggled in the past with overpowering wrestlers. So long as he doesn’t wind up standing for way too long like he did against Max Holloway, I expect Bermudez to win fairly dominantly.
I’d take him at better than -200, especially parlaying a major favorite like Larkin.
UFC Fight Night 31 Odds For Main Card:
Tim Kennedy (-380) vs. Rafael Natal (+315)
Rustam Khabilov (-170) vs. Jorge Masvidal (+150)
Yoel Romero (-190) vs. Ronny Markes (+165)
Liz Carmouche (-230) vs. Alexis Davis (+190)
Michael Chiesa (-160) vs. Colton Smith (+140)
Thoughts: Masvidal originally jumped out at me thanks to his superior striking and experience against top-tier opposition, but then I remembered that he tends to make fights way too close. His submission of Chiesa was his first finish since 2009 and his complete lack of killer instinct nearly cost him a win against Justin Wilcox. Passive is the last thing he can afford to be against a wrestler of Khabilov’s caliber, but the advantages he brings to the table make a bet on the Russian also ill-advised.
If you’re going to bet on the main card, Chiesa’s worth a look because I don’t see Smith out-grinding him; however, I'm not quite as confident in this pick as I am with Bermudez or Rivera.
UFC Fight Night 31: "Fight For Troops 3" Best Bets:
- Single bet: Francisco Rivera -- Bet $60 to make $44.44
- Parlay: Lorenz Larkin and Dennis Bermudez -- Bet $50 to make $52
- Parlay: Michael Chiesa and Francisco Rivera -- Bet $30 to make $55.20
You could do a hell of a lot worse than a card full of well-matched, divisionally-relevant showdowns.
See you soon, Maniacs.
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