No taps ... just naps!
Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga., will host an explosive Welterweight title showdown this Saturday evening (July 30, 2016) when division champion Robbie Lawler collides with Tyron Woodley in UFC 201's pay-per-view (PPV) main event. In addition, fan-favorite Rose Namajunas will take on rising Polish contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a pivotal women's Strawweight battle, while Matt Brown will locks horns with Jake Ellenberger in a 170-pound clash that’s just oozing with the potential for fireworks.
That's not all.
Clutch performances from Darren Elkins and Kamaru Usman saved this column’s bacon last week, so let’s see if we can’t turn a decent profit this time around at the expense of UFC 201.
UFC 201 Odds For The Undercard:
Nikita Krylov (-155) vs. Ed Herman (+135)
Jorge Masvidal (-230) vs. Ross Pearson (+190)
Anthony Hamilton (-115) vs. Damian Grabowski (-105)
Wilson Reis (-320) vs. Hector Sandoval (+260)
Michael Graves (-235) vs. Bojan Velickovic (+195)
Fredy Serrano (-125) vs. Ryan Benoit (+105)
Damien Brown (-120) vs. Cezar Arzamendia (EVEN)
Thoughts: I simply cannot fathom the reason(s) Ryan Benoit is an underdog against a man who is 10 years older and has one-fourth the number of fights. Serrano can hit, sure, but his Olympic wrestling pedigree hasn’t translated all that well to mixed martial arts (MMA) and he’s giving up size. To go from Bentley Syler and Yao Zhikui to a bruiser like Benoit is just way too much. I fully expect "Baby Face" to blow his doors off, so be sure to put some down on him.
Elsewhere on the "Prelims" undercard, Michael Graves might be worth a look, as Velickovic is robotic on the feet and relies too much on overwhelming physicality. He also isn’t much of a hitter, making Graves a fairly safe investment.
UFC 201 Odds For The Main Card:
Robbie Lawler (-200) vs. Tyron Woodley (+170)
Rose Namajunas (-230) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (+190)
Matt Brown (-325) vs. Jake Ellenberger (+265)
Erik Perez (-125) vs. Francisco Rivera (+105)
Justin Scoggins (-245) vs. Ian McCall (+205)
Thoughts: Not super enticed by these lines, but we can make it work. In particular, I like the looks of Rose Namajunas and Justin Scoggins.
"Thug Rose" has been on an absolute tear lately and -- even though I scored her recent rematch with Tecia Torres for "Tiny Tornado" -- I have full faith that she can overwhelm Kowalkiewicz. She’s a lethal submission threat with ever-improving wrestling and Kowalkiewicz -- though quite skilled -- lacks the stopping power of Joanna Jedrzejczyk. The jury’s out on whether Namajunas can handle the champ, but she’s got what it takes to stop a "Kontender."
In his last two fights, Scoggins has utterly dominated two very, very good wrestlers in Josh Sampo and Ray Borg. He made the latter -- who had looked for all the world like a champion-in-the-making -- look pedestrian. McCall, meanwhile, hasn’t fought in 1.5 years since getting battered by an overweight John Lineker and appears to be on the wrong end of a bad style match up against Scoggins’ long-distance striking.
"Tank" might just be the future of the division, as "Uncle Creepy" will learn in decisive fashion.
Best UFC 201 Best Bets:
- Parlay -- Ryan Benoit and Rose Namajunas: Bet $100 to make $194
- Parlay -- Michael Graves and Justin Scoggins: Bet $120 to make $121.2
You want violence? You got violence. See you Saturday, Maniacs.
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