You want big? These boys are big.
Two Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight veterans with a history of brutal finishes will lock horns this Saturday evening (Sept. 26, 2015) as Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson helm UFC Fight Night 75 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The FOX Sports 1-televised card will also feature a Middleweight clash between Gegard Mousasi and Uriah Hall, plus the return of recent Flyweight challenger Kyoji Horiguchi against Chico Camus.
It's a solid "Fight Night" and a free one at that, so let's find out if it's one worth investing it.
Check out the latest gambling odds behind "Barnett vs. Nelson:"
UFC Fight Night 75 Odds For The Undercard:
Diego Brandao (-230) vs. Katsunori Kikuno (+170)
Li Jingliang (-230) vs. Keita Nakamura (+170)
Nick Hein (-280) vs. Yusuke Kasuya (+200)
Kajan Johnson (-270) vs. Naoyuki Kotani (+190)
Shinsho Anzai (-130) vs. Roger Zapata (-110)
Thoughts: This Saturday evening, Diego Brandao and Keita Nakamura are your best friends.
I am and always will be a Kikuno fan, which is there reason it pains me to say that he’s done as an upper-tier fighter. Put the man’s head on straight and smack those fool notions of Bushido out of him and you’ve got one of the most awkwardly skillful and dangerous strikers in the division. What we’ve got right now is a suicidally-hittable puncher whose best weapons remain chambered and whose chin is no longer capable of withstanding punishment. Brandao’s speed, power and grappling are all too much for Kikuno at this point in the latter’s career.
Therefore, if you’re going to watch Kikuno get destroyed, you might as well make some money to ease the pain.
Jingliang has been a rather pleasant surprise, a capable and entertaining fighter with tremendous strength. Stylistically, however, he looks to be in trouble here. "K-Taro" is the more credentialed grappler and "The Leech" proved vulnerable to the takedown in his fights with Michaud and Taleb.
As nice as the Lima knockout was, Jingliang’s in trouble against a more experienced and skillful opponent.
UFC Fight Night 75 Odds For The Main Card:
Josh Barnett (-260) vs. Roy Nelson (+220)
Gegard Mousasi (-450) s. Uriah Hall (+360)
Kyoji Horiguchi (-365) vs. Chico Camus (+255)
Takeya Mizugaki (-245) vs. George Roop (+175)
Norifumi Yamamoto (-170) vs. Alan Yoshihiro Yamaniha (+130)Mizuto Hirota (-245) vs. Teruto Ishihara (+175)
Thoughts: Not gonna lie, I don’t see much here. That said, parlaying Brandao with Mizugaki gives approximately even odds, so that’s worth a look.
Roop’s been one of my gambling banes for a long time, but since I managed to overcome my Frank Mir-related demons last time out through sheer persistence, now’s as good a time as any to bur these as well. Mizugaki’s the stronger wrestler, cleaner boxer, heavier hitter and overall superior fighter. Height difference be damned, Mizugaki’s snapping the losing streak Saturday night.
UFC Fight Night 75 Best Bets:
- Single bet: Keita Nakamura -- Bet $70 to make $119
- Parlay: Diego Brandao and Takeya Mizugaki -- Bet $70 to make $71.40
UFC Fight Night 75 features a solid Heavyweight main event and lots of legit Asian talent -- not a terrible way to spend Saturday evening.
See you there, Maniacs!
Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver live UFC Fight Night 75 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.