UFC 165 is upon us and will be taking place this Saturday with a light-heavyweight title bout at its peak. This card is stacked with exciting fighters, but most importantly some tasty odds that are primed for profit. Take a look at these odds and some bets that I feel would be smart to go in on.


Betting Odds (From mmaplayground.com)

Alexander Gustafsson +400

Jon Jones -440


Eddie Wineland +560

Renan Barao -620


Brendan Schaub +150

Matt Mitrione -160


Francis Carmont +325

Constantinos Philippou -345


Pat Healy +150

Khabib Nurmagomedov -170


Mike Ricci +215

Myles Jury -250


Chris Clements +340

Stephen Thompson -400


Mitch Gagnon +110

Dustin Kimura -125


Renee Forte +400

John Makdessi -440


Jesse Ronson +115

Michel-Richard Dos-Prazeres -125


Alex Caceres -115

Roland Delorme -125


Nandor Guelmino +310

Daniel Omielanczuk -330


Wilson Reis +580

Ivan Menjivar -620


Smart Bets: 

Nandor Guelmino over Daniel Omielanczuk at +310

 This is a heavyweight bout between the Austrian, Nandor, and the Polish, Daniel, in what should be a pretty interesting bout. Neither fighter fights out of a known camp so both of these guys don’t have much of a reputation. I’m surprised to see such space in odds as both guys are fairly promising skills. Daniel is all about the submission game while Nandor’s strength lies in his precise striking, but is also well-versed on the ground. The larger toolbox for Nandor makes him a promising pick at shocking underdog odds. 

Dustin Kimura over Mitch Gagnon at -125

 Kimura showed promising talent in his 3rd round dispatching of Chico Camus when he choked “The King” out with a rear-naked choke. Dustin displayed a purely offensive ground attack that kept Camus at a distinct disadvantage on the ground. Against Gagnon, a fellow submission artist, he’s not going to be worried about the striking game. This will be Kimura’s fight to win as he is craftier on the ground, and is the younger fighter with some momentum coming in. 

Francis Carmont over Costa Philippou at +325

While Costa is one of the middleweight division’s best kept secrets, and is currently holding the “dark horse” banner as he rises up the ranks, he’s coming off of a very long lay-off – he last fought at the end of 2012. Now, for a skilled fighter like himself that’s not an issue, but when you take note that he’s facing Francis Carmont, who is also a rising contender, things get interesting. Carmont has the style to shut down powerful strikers like Philippou, and that makes Carmont a very viable option to get some money.