Big men, big mitts and a whole lot of heavy leather.
Two of the most devastating Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) offensive fighters collide this Sunday afternoon (May 8, 2016) inside Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands, when former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem faces former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski in the FOX Sports 1-televised UFC Fight Night 87 main event.
In addition, Stefan Struve faces Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in the co-main event, while blue-chip Russian Albert Tumenov takes on Iceland's Gunnar Nelson.
All but the first three UFC Fight Night 87 bouts will air live and free on FOX Sports 1 this weekend, so here's what to do with all that money you're saving.
UFC Fight Night 87 Odds For The Undercard:
Rustam Khabilov (-190) vs. Chris Wade (+165)
Magnus Cedenblad (-275) vs. Garreth McLellan (+235)
Yan Cabral (-175) vs. Reza Madadi (+155)
Leon Edwards (-240) vs. Dominic Waters (+200)
Kyoji Horiguchi (-500) vs. Neil Seery (+400)
Willie Gates (-150) vs. Yuta Sasaki (+130)
Thoughts: Sadly, the absolute best bargain on the card, Jon Tuck at +180 against Nick Hein, is no longer on the table because of "Sergeant" pulling out with an injury (full details here). As such, you’re going to have to live with Reza Madadi at +155 and Yuta Sasai at +130.
Yan Cabral’s killer grappling game is a threat, but he’s been ground down in the past. Madadi packs a solid, relentless takedown game and capable defensive wrestling that ought to be able to exploit Cabral’s limited stand up. Don’t bet big, though, because Madadi did manage to lose to Cristiano Marcello, after all.
Still, worth a look.
Gates gets away with a lot thanks to his massive height. He won’t have that advantage this time, as Sasaki is 5’10" to his 5’8." Further, "Ulka" looks to be the better grappler by a fair margin considering how easily John Moraga and Dustin Ortiz dominated him on the mat.
Therefore, a moderate bet on the Japanese grappler makes sense.
UFC Fight Night 87 Odds For The Main Card:
Alistair Overeem (-225) vs. Andrei Arlovski (+185)
Stefan Struve (-200) vs. Antonio Silva (+170)
Albert Tumenov (-175) vs. Gunnar Nelson (+155)
Germaine de Randamie (-360) vs. Anna Elmose (+300)
Nikita Krylov (-155) vs. Francimar Barroso (+135)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (-250) vs. Heather Jo Clark (+210)
Thoughts: If you want a favorite to beef up parlays, Tumenov is your man. Nelson’s striking defense is somewhat shaky and the Russian can punch like few others in the Welterweight division.
As far as underdogs, I think I’m going to tempt fate again and recommend "Bigfoot." Yes, Silva has the most lopsided head-size-to-durability ratio on the planet, but that’s not as big an issue against an opponent every bit as slow as he is, whose punches he can easily see coming and brace for. Struve is completely unable to use his length and his fight IQ and ring craft are so bad that he got held against the cage multiple times by Big Nog, who is approximately as fast as a continental shelf at this point. If Struve surrenders top position, Bigfoot can punch a hole through his head.
I think the Brazilian has one more good fight left in him ... so bet accordingly.
UFC Fight Night 87 Best Bets:
- Single bet -- Reza Madai: Bet $30 to make $46.50
- Parlay -- Yuta Sasaki and Albert Tumenov: Bet $50 to make $130.50
- Single bet -- Antonio Silva: Bet $40 to make $68
Heads will almost assuredly roll. Hopefully, they don't belong to people you like. See you Sunday, Maniacs!
Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver live UFC Fight Night 87 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.