It’s a rare double feature this weekend as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hits Las Vegas, Nevada, this Friday night (Nov. 30, 2018) then Adelaide, Australia, the following evening (Dec. 1, 2018) with a pair of back-to-back FOX Sports 1-televised shows. Tomorrow, Kamaru Usman faces Rafael dos Anjos and the two The Ultimate Fighter 28 (TUF) tournaments get decided. Then on Saturday Aussie prospect Tai Tuivasa looks to punch his ticket to stardom against former Heavyweight kingpin, Junior dos Santos, in UFC Fight Night 142’s main event.
With more than two dozen fights, it means more than two dozen chances to make some dough. Let’s begin!
What Went Wrong at UFC Fight Night 141?
It figures that Wu Yanan would suddenly become a threat from her back the moment that I picked against her because of her habit of getting stuck there. Ah, well, at least Li Jingliang kept the losses to a minimum.
TUF 28 Finale Odds:
Kamaru Usman (-265) vs. Rafael Dos Anjos (+225)
Juan Espino (-155) vs. Justin Frazier (+135)
Pannie Kianzad (-165) vs. Macy Chiasson (+125)
Pedro Munhoz (-230) vs. Bryan Caraway (+190)
Edmen Shahbazyan (-115) vs .Darren Stewart (-105)
Antonina Shevchenko (-310) vs. Ji Yeon Kim (+255)
Kevin Aguilar (-115) vs. Rick Glenn (-105)
Alex Perez (-130) vs. Joseph Benavidez (+110)
Maurice Greene (-165) vs. Michel Batista (+125)
Leah Letson (-245) vs. Julija Stoliarenko (+175)
Roosevelt Roberts (-320) vs. Darrell Horcher (+260)
Tim Means (-370) vs. Ricky Rainey (+310)
Raoni Barcelos (-475) vs. Chris Gutierrez (+380)
Thoughts: Edmen Shahbazyan is getting considerably too much credit for knocking out six garbage fighters and then finally beating a decent one on “Contender Series.” He fights under Edmond Tarverdyan, a man who can spin gold into straw, and has never gone past the first round. Darren Stewart, if nothing else, is ridiculously durable and capable of turning even the slightest opening into a come-from-behind knockout victory.
In other words, put a bit on “The Dentist.”
I also think Joseph Benavidez is worth a look, though this is certainly a tougher out for him than Ray Borg. Benavidez has been outclassing scramble-happy grapplers for the better part of a decade, and even after that “meh” performance against Serio Pettis, I think he’s got another good win left in him.
UFC Fight Night 142 Odds:
Junior Dos Santos (-150) vs. Tai Tuivasa (+130)
Justin Willis (-120) vs. Mark Hunt (EVEN)
Tyson Pedro (-440) vs. Mauricio Rua (+350)
Jake Matthews (-115) vs. Tony Martin (-105)
Jim Crute (-260) vs. Paul Craig (+220)
Sodiq Yusuff (-560) vs. Suman Mokhtarian (+430)
Alexey Kunchenko (-335) vs. Yushin Okami (+275)
Ben Nguyen (-155) vs. Wilson Reis (+135)
Christos Giagos (-370) vs. Mizuto Hirota (+310)
Keita Nakamura (-175) vs. Salim Touahri (+155)
Damir Ismagulov (-525) vs. Alex Gorgees (+415)
Kai Kara-France (-380) vs. Elias Garcia (+315)
Thoughts: Tai Tuivasa is a character and a legit prospect, but this is still Junior dos Santos he’s dealing with. “Cigano” showed he can still handle solid Heavyweights in his fight with Blagoy Ivanov, and even though Tuivasa has the power to crack dos Santos’ crumbling chin, he has to get past the division’s best jab to do it. Plus, unlike Stipe Miocic or Cain Velasquez, Tuivasa doesn’t have the wrestling to stymie the Brazilian’s boxing with the threat of takedowns.
In short: dos Santos will pick him apart ... so bet accordingly.
You could also use Alexey Kunchenko to squeeze a little more value out of the aforementioned picks. Y’all know Yushin Okami is my boy, but “Thunder” petered out years ago, and it’s only Dhiego Lima’s crap wrestling that let him come into this fight with a single UFC win in the last five years. Kunchenko is going to maul him on the inside.
Best UFC Bets For The Weekend:
- Single bet — Darren Stewart: Bet $50 to make $47.61
- Single bet — Joseph Benavidez: Bet $30 to make $33
- Parlay — Junior dos Santos and Alexey Kunchenko: Bet $60 to make $69.60
Two full days of fresh faces and grizzled veterans beating the snot out of each other. What better way to kick off the season of goodwill and giving?
Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver live TUF 28 Finale (here) and UFC Fight Night 142 (here) results this weekend, 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.