Once more ... with feeling. Please?
With four straight impressive victories since his most recent crack at the title, Urijah Faber answered the call to step in for the injured Dominick Cruz, taking on Renan Barao once again in the main event UFC 169, which emanates from. Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., this weekend (Sat., Feb. 1, 2014).
UFC 169 will also play host to a second title fight when Featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo attempts to notch his fifth Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title defense at the expense of surging contender Ricardo Lamas.
That's just the entree of a 12-course meal. Indeed, it's a terrific appetizer for Sunday's Big Game.
Let's see if we can't give you lot some extra dough to pay for Super Bowl 48 snack time -- follow me for the latest UFC 169 betting odds / lines below:
UFC 169 Odds For The Under Card:
John Makdessi (-165) vs. Alan Patrick (+145)
Chris Cariaso (-150) vs. Danny Martinez (+130)
Tom Watson (-200) vs. Nick Catone (+170)
Al Iaquinta (-250) vs. Kevin Lee (+210)
Clint Hester (-190) vs. Andy Enz (+165)
Rashid Magomedov (-250) vs. Tony Martin (+210)
Gasan Umalatov (-185) vs. Neil Magny (+160)
Thoughts: The last three fights are where the money’s at: Makdessi, Cariaso and Catone are all worthwhile investments.
Though Patrick is quite strong strong and significantly larger than Makdessi, I just don’t see how he takes this fight. He’s a wrestling-centric fighter without the striking to disguise his takedowns, making him easy pickings for Makdessi’s long-range strikes. He’s rudimentary enough on the feet for "The Bull" to have an absolute field day with his jab and lead-leg kicks.
Makdessi should be at least -200 here; therefore, take advantage of that.
Despite the difficulty Cariaso has had in his last three fights, I see him as a level above Martinez. Cariaso can be a bit one-note on the feet at times, relying extensively on his left body kick, but it’s still superior to Martinez’s striking offense, which comprises entirely an overhand left. Further, I question whether Martinez can consistently put Cariaso on his seat.
Cariaso at -150 is a steal, especially since Martinez is also taking this fight on two weeks’ notice.
I wouldn’t recommend going crazy with bets on Catone, seeing as he’s hit a rough patch recently, but he just seems very well-suited for taking out Watson. The Brit simply stinks at wrestling and, for all of Catone’s faults as a fighter, that is one area in which he truly excels. Again, I am not comfortable with pinning all of my hopes on a guy who got hospitalized for dehydration last time out.
Just a few of my hopes should work, though.
UFC 169 Odds For The Main Card:
Renan Barao (-270) vs. Urijah Faber (+230)
Jose Aldo (-600) vs. Ricardo Lamas (+450)
Alistair Overeem (-330) vs. Frank Mir (+270)
Ali Bagautinov (-125) vs. John Lineker (+105)
Jamie Varner (-145) vs. Abel Trujillo (+125)
Thoughts: Really not seeing much in the way of value here. Varner’s too inconsistent to play him as a favorite and while Trujillo has looked like a monster in the past, it was against Marcus LeVesseur and the broken husk of Roger Bowling.
Leave that one alone.
If you’re set on betting on the main card, Barao strikes me as a decent pick despite being a heavy favorite. Faber’s always kicked this much ass when a title wasn’t involved and I don’t see anything out of his recent performances that suggests he filled the holes Barao exploited the first time around.
Also, if he actually makes weight, putting some down on Lineker might not be a bad idea. Just wait until after he steps on the scales.
UFC 169 Best Bets:
- Single bet -- Chris Cariaso: Bet $75 to make $50
- Parlay -- Renan Barao and John Makdessi: Bet $50 to make $60.50
- Single bet -- Nick Catone: Bet $30 to make $51.00
- Parlay (conditional) -- John Lineker and Renan Barao: Bet $30 to make $54.30
Just make sure not to party too hard; got to be ready for the Super Bowl show on Sunday.
See you there, Maniacs.
Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver live UFC 169: "Barao vs. Faber 2" results on fight night RIGHT HERE, which is as good a place as any to talk about all the action inside the Octagon, as well as what you've got riding on the sportsbook.
Running Profit For 2014 Based On This Column: $33.20