UFC 119 Picks Favor Mir and Bader
UFC 119 may not have a Championship title on the line, but it does offer plenty of opportunities to move into a position to challenge for one, along with plenty of great opportunities to win bets.
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Frank Mir -250 vs Mirko Cro Cop +180 at SportsBetting.ag
This is the last gasp for two great warriors of MMA. Frank Mir 13-5 coming off a devastating 1st round loss to Shane Carwin gets a chance back on the road for the heavyweight championship against Pride legend Mirko Cro Cop. Cro Cop 27-7-2 is riding a 2 fight winning streak and coming off an impressive come from behind win against Pat Barry. Cro Cop is a replacement for an injured Antonio Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira and this could be the break Cro Cop needs. Classic striker vs BJJ match where if Frank Mir doesn’t watch himself, he may get caught. Likewise, Cro Cop’s chin isn’t what it used to be which makes this an exciting headliner.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira +140 vs Ryan Bader -170 at SportsBetting.ag
Little Nog has been on an impressive seven fight win streak while Ryan Bader enters this fight undefeated at 11-0. This is Bader’s toughest fight in his young career and the wrestler will have all he can handle. A win for Little “Nog” will put him in the spotlight for a shot at the light heavyweight title.
Matt Serra +105 vs Chris Lytle -135 at SportsBetting.ag
Rematch of TUF 4 finale, and a candidate for fight of the night, Chris Lytle gets his shot at revenge of a split decision that went Matt Serra’s way. Chris Lytle, the busier of the two since TUF finale, is a slight favorite and gets his chance at revenge. The underdog, Matt “The Terror,” Serra will be plenty motivated to get back on the road to regaining his welterweight title he lost in 2008. Serra has a dangerous punch that Lytle will have to guard against and then pressure Serra on the ground. Should be an exciting fight.
Sean Sherk +180 vs Evan Dunham -230 at SportsBetting.ag
Sean Sherk’s last fight was 16 months ago, a loss to current champion Frankie Edgar, and ring rust may be Sherk’s enemy in this fight. Sherk will need to overcome the rust fast, as fast rising Evan Dunham may not give him any time to overcome it. Dunham is a heavy favorite on his 11-0 record with big wins over Tyson Griffin and Efrain Escudero. Sherk has experience on his side, but he’ll need more to defeat Dunham and his layoff.
Melvin Guillard -170 vs Jeremy Stephens +140 at SportsBetting.ag
Looking for an underdog to place a bet on? Jeremy Stephens may be your man. Tough fighter, with great striking abilities, Stephens is a live dog in this fight. Melvin Guillard is no slouch who has is 5-1 in his last 6 fights. Guillard is favored with a win over Gleison Tibau while Stephens lost to the same fighter. Stephens has stepped up his game since then and there will be fireworks between the two. A knockout is likely the outcome in this fight.
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