Old "New Breed" vs. New "New Breed."
Recent Welterweight title challenger, Rory MacDonald, returns to the cage this Saturday (June 18, 2016) for the first time since his tremendous slugfest with Robbie Lawler, headlining UFC Fight Night 89 against the surging Stephen Thompson in the native Canada of "Red King."
TD Place Arena in Ottawa will also host another local favorite, Patrick Cote, who will duke it out with Donald Cerrone in the FOX Sports 1-televised co-main event. Fellow Canadians Steve Bosse and Olivier Aubin-Mercier face Sean O'Connell and Thibault Gouti, respectively, elsewhere on the main card.
Indeed, it's a card chock-full of potential for memorable mixed martial arts (MMA) moments. But, is it also chock-full of decent bargains? You're just some scrolling away from finding out.
Before we get into it, though, I have just one thing to say about the last event's recommendations not panning out: 29-28 Tom Breese!
UFC Fight Night 89 Odds For The Undercard:
Jason Saggo (-190) vs. Leandro Silva (+165)
Misha Cirukunov (-185) vs. Ion Cutelaba (+160)
Tamdan McCrory (-240) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (+200)
Chris Beal (-120) vs. Joe Soto (EVEN)
Elias Theodorou (-300) vs. Sam Alvey (+250)
Randa Markos (-185) vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (+160)
Colby Covington (-300) vs. Jonathan Meunier (+250)
Ali Bagautinov (-265) vs. Geane Herrera (+225)
Thoughts: Soto, Soto, he’s your man, if he can’t do it then ... I’ll be sad. Kinda lost the rhyme near the end, there.
Beal has had one great performance in UFC: His flying knee knockout of Patrick Williams (watch the awesomeness again right here). He’s underperformed in each of the other three appearances, though. And, while Soto has yet to win in the world’s largest fight promotion, he’s faced three unfavorable style match ups and gave a very solid prospect in Michinori Tanaka everything he could handle. I’d say he’s about due for a win, especially since Beal likely won’t have the size and strength advantage that "One Bad Mofo" has struggled with in the past.
Cirkunov could be worth a look as well. Cutelaba hits stupid hard and has some frightening ground-and-pound, but Cirkunov is a massive step up from the cavalcade of mediocrity that the Moldovan has faced in the past. Shove Misha in a parlay and reap the benefits.
Actually, you know what? Let’s put Alvey in there, too. I didn’t like how Theodorou reacted to heavy fire his last time out and Lord knows Alvey can dish out some punishment.
UFC Fight Night 89 Odds For The Main Card:
Stephen Thompson (-115) vs. Rory MacDonald (-105)
Donald Cerrone (-160) vs. Patrick Côté (+140)
Steve Bosse (-160) vs. Sean O'Connell (+140)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (-400) vs. Thibault Gouti (+325)
Valerie Letourneau (-175) vs. Joanne Calderwood (+155)
Thoughts: I was really hoping Thompson would be still in the positives, but it seems like the other degenerate gamblers are every bit as hyped as I am for him. I’d say he’s still worth an investment -- he’s gone from barely fazing Nah-Shon Burrell to cracking iron chins left and right, while MacDonald took a hellacious amount of damage in his last fight.
I truly believe Thompson can lay him out, so be sure you’re in position to benefit.
I’ve also been debating whether or not to recommend a bet on Calderwood, on whose war wagon I remain. I do think she’ll benefit greatly from a lesser weight cut, but so will Letourneau, who was gigantic for the Strawweight division and can throw real heat.
Though I believe the Scot can pull out a win, I’m not confident enough in that outcome to put money behind it.
UFC Fight Night 89 Best Bets:
- Single bet -- Joe Soto: Bet $60 to make $60
- Parlay -- Misha Cirkunov and Stephen Thompson: Bet $35 to make $65.80
- Single bet -- Sam Alvey: Bet $20 to make $51
"MacDonald vs. Thompson" is a flat-out amazing fight and the rest of the FOX Sports 1-televised card ain't half-bad, either. See you Saturday, Maniacs!
Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver live UFC Fight Night 89 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.