Houston, "D.C." has a problem ...
Four months after choking out of Anthony Johnson, Daniel Cormier will defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight belt this Saturday evening (Oct. 3, 2015) against Swedish bruiser Alexander Gustafsson down south in Houston Texas.
The 205-pound championship clash headlines UFC 192, a pay-per-view (PPV) event that will go down inside Toyota Center.
Elsewhere on the PPV main card, a pair of potential No. 1 contender eliminator matches will pit former champions Johny Hendricks and Rashad Evans against Tyron Woodley and Ryan Bader, respectively.
It's the first PPV in almost a month, but in case you haven't managed to save up enough, here's how to foot the cable bill with style:
UFC 192 Odds For The Undercard:
Joseph Benavidez (-335) vs. Ali Bagautinov (+275)
Yair Rodriguez (-290) vs. Daniel Hooker (+245)
Albert Tumenov (-250) vs. Alan Jouban (+210)
Rose Namajunas (-265) vs. Angela Hill (+225)
Islam Makhachev (-115) vs. Adriano Martins (-105)
Sergio Pettis (-170) vs. Chris Cariaso (+150)
Viktor Pesta (-165) vs. Derrick Lewis (+145)
Sage Northcutt (-440) vs. Francisco Trevino (+350)
Thoughts: Despite 16 fighters to choose from, I only really see value in two: Tumenov and Pettis.
I’ve been extremely high on "Einstein" since before his Octagon debut, loss to Ildemar Alcantara be damned. The Russian has tectonic power in his hands, not to mention incredible speed and timing. There are very, very few Welterweight fighters I’d pick to match him on the feet and Alan Jouban is not one of them. "Brahma" has plenty of power of his own and a never-say-die attitude, but any willingness to slug it out with Tumenov is a liability.
I expect Tumenov to lay him out sometime in the early going and am confident enough to see -250 as a bargain.
Though the younger Pettis remains flawed and a good way from being a complete product, I admit to being rather surprised he’s only this favored. Cariaso simply does not possess the power or overwhelming top control "The Phenom" has proven vulnerable to. On the feet, Pettis has the more varied and destructive attack, as Cariaso has a tendency to become one-note with his reliance on the left roundhouse. Considering that Pettis also did a solid job of staying standing against a very big, very strong bantamweight in Matt Hobar, I don’t expect Cariaso to find success in the wrestling. Pettis should control the fight anywhere it goes, so be sure you’re in a position to benefit.
UFC 192 Odds For The Main Card:
Daniel Cormier (-340) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (+280)
Rashad Evans (-160) vs. Ryan Bader (+140)
Johny Hendricks (-330) vs. Tyron Woodley (+270)
Julianna Pena (-245) vs. Jessica Eye (+205)
Ruslan Magomedov (-155) vs. Shawn Jordan (+135)
Thoughts: Don’t expect the main card to be your safest investment, but I like the lines on both Bader and Woodley here.
The last time we saw Rashad Evans in the Octagon was in Nov. 2013, when he clobbered Chael Sonnen back at UFC 167. Bader has fought and won four times since then and looked solid in the process. In addition, it’s worth remembering that Evans’ two fights before the Sonnen beating were a loss to "Little Nog" and a split decision over Dan Henderson I personally felt he lost.
All things being equal, I’d still favor Bader; with the layoff, he seems as good a bet as any.
It legitimately boggles my mind that Woodley is the third-biggest underdog on the card. It’s worth remembering that until his fight with Carlos Condit, Hendricks spent three years going to close decisions with fellow wrestlers every other fight. Rick Story beat him, while Mike Pierce and Josh Koscheck both arguably deserved the win as well. Woodley’s the faster of the two and hits every bit as hard. I’m not saying he’ll blow Hendricks out and I’m fully aware of his tendency to freeze up in big fights, but he does not deserve to be a nearly three-to-one underdog.
Therefore, a small bet on Woodley makes sense.
UFC 192 Best Bets:
- Parlay -- Albert Tumenov and Sergio Pettis: Bet $50 to make $61
- Single bet -- Ryan Bader: Bet $40 to make $56
- Single bet -- Tyron Woodley: Bet $20 to make $54
UFC 192 is a stacked card top-to-bottom. Don't miss this, Maniacs!
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