Considering the sort of fauna for which Australia is known, these guys will fit right in.
Two massive men with lights-out power will duke it out down in Oz this Saturday (May 9, 2015) when Stipe Miocic and Mark Hunt headline UFC Fight Night 65 inside Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, streaming live online via Fight Pass-only.
In addition to "Super Samoan," the Adelaide-based card will feature several more local favorites, including The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Smashes" winner Robert Whittaker against Brad Tavares and hot prospect Jake Matthews against fellow unbeaten James Vick.
The whole thing goes down pretty late in the evening (11 p.m. ET), so here's how you can reimburse yourself for all the caffeine and other illicit substances you use to get you through the evening.
UFC Fight Night 65 Undercard Odds:
Hatsu Hioki (-280) vs. Daniel Hooker (+240)
Kyle Noke (-120) vs. Jonavin Webb (EVEN)
Sam Alvey (-400) vs. Daniel Kelly (+325)
Bec Rawlings (-165) vs. Lisa Ellis (+145)
Brad Scott (-110) vs. Dylan Andrews (-110)
Kailin Curran (-210) vs. Alex Chambers (+175)
Vik Grujic (-120) vs. Brendan O’Reilly (EVEN)
Alptekin Ozkilic (-185) vs. Ben Nguyen (+160)
Thoughts: While the main card is where the majority of the value lies, I do think Ozkilic could be a worthwhile investment.
I was honestly quite impressed with Ozkilic’s performance against John Lineker. He did a very good job of blunting the Brazilian’s madcap aggression in the early going and showed a pretty darn good chin to survive nearly the full 15 minutes. Considering Alp’s visible improvements in the stand up, I like his chances against Nguyen, who does pack some power, but lacks Lineker’s vicious body attack and takedown defense. "The Turkish Delight" should be a good way to beef up some parlays.
UFC Fight Night 65 Main Card Odds:
Stipe Miocic (-220) vs. Mark Hunt (+180)
Brad Tavares (-160) vs. Robert Whittaker (+140)
Anthony Perosh (-155) vs. Sean O’Connell (+135)
Jake Matthews (-175) vs. James Vick (+155)
Thoughts: Here’s where we have the good stuff. I like the lines for Whittaker, Perosh and Vick.
Whittaker impressed me quite a bit in his Middleweight debut. Despite going up in weight against a physical beast in Clint Hester, he beat the tar out of his opponent before finishing him in the second stanza, demonstrating both power and durability at 185 pounds. Tavares, meanwhile, has been chilling just above mediocrity during his UFC tenure. He hasn’t had a finish in 10 fights and I favor Whittaker’s boxing over the American’s decent kicking attack.
Therefore, a moderate bet on Whittaker sounds good.
Perosh is fragile and old, but he’s still a damn good grappler. Against the plodding and technically-meh O’Connell, he ought to have little difficulty scoring an early takedown and, from there, slapping on a submission or scoring a stoppage via strikes.
Parlaying him with one of the bigger favorites seems like the right way to go.
Matthews has some hype behind him and he does seem to have potential. Vick, however, will have a six-inch height advantage and showed a solid ability to both stay on his feet and get back there once grounded against another physical specimen in Nick Hein. Much as I dislike Vick for his lack of stopping power on the feet, among other things, I think he spoils the hometown kid’s unbeaten record.
UFC Fight Night 65 Best Bets:
- Parlay -- Alptekin Ozkilic and Anthony Perosh: Bet $40 to make $61.20
- Single bet -- Robert Whittaker: Bet $30 to make $42
- Single bet -- James Vick: Bet $40 to make $62
Some nice prospects up and down the card and a main event between two bangers. Not bad for Fight Pass.
See you there, Maniacs!
Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver live UFC Fight Night 65 results on fight night, 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.