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UFC 168: Smart Bets

UFC 168: Smart Bets

Feel like blowing some Christmas cash? Look no further! This titanic card, set to close out the year for the UFC, is proving to be one of the most monumental events of the year. At the top of UFC 168, we have two title fights supported by a hefty main card featuring a top-contender bout in the heavyweight division. The prelims prove to carry their own value as several exciting match-ups are sure to warm up the crowd in Las Vegas. “With great match-ups comes great betting odds”. If you find yourself with a bit of extra cash after the holidays because you didn’t spend enough on Christmas presents (you cheap bastard), then take a look at some of these odds and feel free to try your luck.

Betting Odds (from MMAPlayground)

Chris Weidman +110
Anderson Silva -120

Miesha Tate +380
Ronda Rousey -430

Travis Browne +195
Josh Barnett -220

Fabricio Camoes +760
Jim Miller -800

Diego Brandao +325
Dustin Poirier -345

Chris Leben +185
Uriah Hall -200

Gleison Tibau -105
Michael Johnson -125

Manvel Gamburyan +370
Dennis Siver -410

John Howard +100
Siyar Bahadurzada -110

William Macario +225
Bobby Voelker -250

Estevan Payan +390
Robert Peralta -430

Smart Bets

Chris Weidman over Anderson Silva at +110

I’m actually a little surprised that Weidman is this close to Silva in odds. It’s easy to think of the first bout as a fluke, or maybe Silva just didn’t take it seriously; but that’s going to be disproved Saturday. Weidman showed that he has the tools to not only beat Anderson, but crush him, and I’m confident he can do it again. Silva has the giant legacy backing him up, putting him as the slight favorite, but it’s the fighting that does the talking and that’s where Weidman has the advantage.

Travis Browne over Josh Barnett at +195

If there’s anything Browne showed us in his comeback over Alistair Overeem, it’s that he does not quit and that is very bad news for Barnett. Josh had a wonderful return back to the UFC with the TKO over Frank Mir, but he’s taking on a much hungrier fighter in Travis Browne. Josh will be at a major disadvantage on the feet, and because of the range difference, Browne will have lots of room to work. The physical statistics heavily favor Browne in this fight, and especially with the performances he has been having lately, you would be a fool not to pick him in this fight over a fairly sketchy guy like Barnett who has yet to give us a solid picture of what he has left in his career.

Chris Leben over Uriah Hall at +185

Yes, we are all wishing for Uriah Hall to finally live up to his expectation of being the next Anderson Silva with his “hands-down” defense and his gorgeous kicking techniques, but it has yet to happen and I don’t think it will. There are many factors to blame for why Hall has yet to live up to his hype given to him in the Ultimate Fighter, but that’s just it, he’s not in the Ultimate Fighter anymore. He lost in the finals to a fresh green fighter, then he lost again to a solid veteran, and now he faces even more of a veteran in this bout. The UFC wants Hall to be forced into a guns-blazing striking contest, but Leben can do so much more than that. Leben is the more well-rounded fighter and given that Hall fights poorly while moving backward, Leben is a smart choice here.

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