"Five rounds of action" has rarely been this accurate.
Two men with a history of violent finishes and something to prove will duke it out inside Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil, this Saturday (May 30, 2015) as Carlos Condit returns from injury to face nearly 10-year Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Thiago Alves in the main event of UFC Fight Night 67, which will air live on FOX Sports 1.
In addition, former Lightweight standouts who have found new life at 145 pounds clash in the co-main event between Charles Oliveira and Nik Lentz, while Brazilian "Cowboy" Alex Oliveira steps in on short notice once again to battle K.J. Noons 10 pounds north.
It's a fun little international card to occupy your not-as-long weekend. Here are the numbers behind it:
UFC Fight Night 67 Odds For The Under Card:
Rony Jason (-190) vs. Damon Jackson (+165)
Jussier da Silva (-155) vs. Wilson Reis (+135)
Nicolas Dalby (-350) vs. Elizeu Zaleski (+290)
Mirsad Bektic (-360) vs. Lucas Martins (+300)
Juliana Lima (-200) vs. Ericka Almeida (+170)
Tom Breese (-155) vs. Luiz Dutra (+135)
Thoughts: If I had to describe this undercard’s gambling prospects, I’d basically just use a protracted "eh" and wobble my hand back-and-forth. Your best bet is probably just gluing whoever you’re most confident in to Bektic.
Mirsad is young, enormously strong, extremely well-rounded and constantly improving. I have every faith that he will be a fixture in the division’s Top 10 in the very near future. Martins, while skilled and powerful, is in for a world of hurt.
As for the person to pair him with, "Jason" might work. Jackson isn’t a big enough hitter to take advantage of the Brazilian's porous striking defense and I’m fairly confident that he has him beat on the mat, too. Parlayed together, "Jason" and Bektic are -105, which is nothing to sneeze at.
UFC Fight Night 67 Odds For The Main Card:
Carlos Condit (-260) vs. Thiago Alves (+220)
Charles Oliveira (-270) vs. Nik Lentz (+230)
Alex Oliveira (-130) vs. K.J. Noons (+110)
Ryan Jimmo (-270) vs. Francimar Barroso (+230)
Norman Parke (-240) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (+200)
Wendell Oliveira (-120) vs. Darren Till (EVEN)
Thoughts: I’m as big a Condit fan as anyone (besides unambig), but I’m not sure why he’s so heavily favored. Alves packs the sort of wrestling prowess that has historically been Condit’s Achilles’ heel, plus the lethal low kicks that Tyron Woodley used to such great effect against him.
It’s a much closer fight than the odds suggest; therefore, a bet on Alves makes sense.
Besides that, I’m not seeing much here, not even in the way of parlay stuffers. Jimmo’s made of pretzel sticks and Trinaldo hits damn hard, removing two favorites from consideration, while Lentz has improved too much for me to be super-confident in Oliveira’s victory.
This card isn’t exactly stuffed with riches.
UFC Fight Night 67 Best Bets:
- Parlay -- Rony Jason and Mirsad Bektic: Bet $50 to make $47.61
- Single bet -- Thiago Alves: Bet $25 to make $55