With only one decision win each among their 11 combined Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) appearances, Glover Texeira and Ovince Saint Preux are two of the Light Heavyweight division's most devastating contenders. And the power-punching pair will look to demonstrate that on each other this Saturday evening (Aug. 8, 2015) in UFC Fight Night 73's main event inside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
Elsewhere on the FOX Sports 1-televised card, Michael Johnson will put his four-fight Lightweight win streak on the line against surging Kings MMA-trained product Beneil Dariush, while Derek Brunson faces Sam Alvey with a potential spot in the Middleweight Top 10 for the winner.
UFC Fight Night 73 is a bit uneven, but there are solid match ups throughout. There are also -- if you look closely -- some real values hiding here and there.
Let's take a closer look:
UFC Fight Night 73 Odds For The Undercard:
Uriah Hall (-340) vs. Oluwale Bamgbose (+280)
Sara McMann (-240) vs. Amanda Nunes (+200)
Dustin Ortiz (-440) vs. Willie Gates (+350)
Frankie Saenz (-140) vs. Sirwan Kakai (+120)
Jonathan Wilson (-170) vs. Chris Dempsey (+150)
Marlon Vera (-125) vs. Roman Salazar (+105)
Scott Holtzman (-750) vs. Anthony Christodoulou (+525)
Thoughts: The best bet of the night is up there on the main card, but there’s value on the undercard if you distribute your bets correctly. In descending order of confidence, the fighters of interest are Kakai, Dempsey and Nunes.
As I stated in the preview (read it), Saenz most certainly deserves plenty of credit for dominating Iuri Alcantara his last time out. It’s worth noting, though, that Alcantara has a long-standing weakness to wrestlers. And while Kakai may not be on the Brazilian’s level, he’s much better-equipped to deal with Saenz’s skillset. The Swede has some brutal clinchwork, great takedown defense and great scrambling ability, all of which he should be able to bring to bear to great effect against Saenz.
Just like against Martinez, Kakai won’t let you down here; therefore, go big on him.
Dempsey is as "meh" as they come, but he’s worth a small bet if only because Wilson has never truly been tested as a professional, not to mention the fact that he’s cutting to 205 pounds for the first time. Nunes might also be a good investment. I’ve been burned on her before, but McMann has yet to truly impress in UFC and is already in her mid-30s. Nunes is the better striker and has some quality wrestling of her own, plus the power to end things early.
Kakai is by far the safest investment of the three, but the others might not be terrible ideas.
UFC Fight Night 73 Odds For The Main Card:
Glover Teixeira (-120) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (EVEN)
Michael Johnson (-150) vs. Beneil Dariush (+130)
Derek Brunson (-390) vs. Sam Alvey (+320)
Jared Rosholt (-230) vs. Timothy Johnson (+190)
Chris Camozzi (-155) vs. Tom Watson (+135)
Ray Borg (-440) vs. Geane Herrera (+350)
Thoughts: Last week wasn’t the best, but we can make it all back by putting our faith in "OSP."
It took me a while, but I’m finally truly sold on the former Tennessee "Volunteer," who is looking better than ever lately. He showed tremendous counter-wrestling against Patrick Cummins and his timing on the counter is excellent. For all his power, Teixeira is incredibly predictable on the feet: Overhand right, left hook ... every time. That fact, combined with his poor performance against Phil Davis, has me leaning heavily toward Saint Preux.
Teixeira has been hurt badly before and I think "OSP" can finish the job.
UFC Fight Night 73 Best Bets:
- Single bet -- Sirwan Kakai: Bet $60 to make $72
- Single bet -- Chris Dempsey: Bet $40 to make $60
- Single bet -- Amanda Nunes: Bet $30 to make $60
- Single bet -- Ovince St. Preux: Bet $100 to make $100
UFC Fight Night 73 features great main- and co-main events, as well as plenty of potential for excitement -- nothing more you could ask of a free card.
See you Saturday, Maniacs.
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