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MMA Betting: UFC Fight Night Live

Jake Shields will be looking to find his place within the talent-rich welterweight division at UFC Fight Night Live when he steps into the Octagon against hard-hitting Jake Ellenberger.

Shields agreed to go on with the fight despite the tragic loss of his father in late August, only weeks before the event. Oddsmakers at 5Dimes don’t seem to think the personal circumstances will affect his performance and have him listed as a -170 favorite over Ellenberger. That line has dropped from an original line of -230 as more bettors opt for the Ellenberger upset.

Ellenberger could be getting a big opportunity to fight a top contender who may not be in the right place mentally. The line at TopBet has Ellenberger as a +160 underdog and that payout is dropping with all the action so far on him.

The UFC Fight Night Live card will also offer an opportunity to bet on the Jason MacDonald vs. Alan Belcher matchup. Belcher returns to the Octagon after a long layoff following eye surgery, while MacDonald looks to follow up an impressive win at UFC 129 his last time out.

Belcher is the favorite at -280 at 5Dimes over MacDonald, who will pay +160 at TopBet for the upset. This could be an opportunity for a big payday if Belcher suffers from ring rust and can’t handle what MacDonald brings in the early going.  MacDonald will look to take the fight to the ground and submit his opponent as soon as possible; if he can’t do it, then it could be a long night for him.

Other fights on the UFC Fight Night Live card . . .

Erik Koch vs. Jonathan Brookins
Dongi Yang vs. Court McGee
Evan Dunham vs. Shamar Bailey
TJ Waldburger vs. Mike Stumpf
Ken Stone vs. Donny Walker
Cody McKenzie vs. Vagner Rocha
Matt Riddle vs. Lance Benoist
Jorge Lopez vs. Justin Edwards
Seth Baczynski vs. Clay Harvison
Robert Peralta vs. Mike Lullo