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UFC 124 Preview and Odds

Betting against Georges St-Pierre has been a losing proposition for years now, but UFC 124 bettors need to decide if challenger Josh Koscheck's fists can fly as fast as his mouth.

The Welterweight champion from Montreal has won seven straight fights, a streak that goes all the way back to the last time he beat up Josh Koscheck (15-4-0) at UFC 74. As a -450 favorite at Sportsbook.ag GSP has to be safe money against Koscheck, whose trash talking has improved, but has done little to improve since his first GSP beating.

Koscheck will pay a generous +360 at 5Dimes, but it’s hard to imagine a way that he could win the fight. His strengths are wrestling, and trying to out-wrestle GSP is like trying to out-shoot Kobe Bryant; it ain’t gonna happen.

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Koscheck has managed three straight wins against top-level opponents to earn his shot at GSP’s belt once again, but the outcome is likely going to be the same as it was in the first fight.

Also on the card will be an interesting matchup between two huge Heavyweights. Undefeated Sean McCorkle (10-0-0) and Stefan Struve (20-4-0) will get it on to see which fighter gets to move up the UFC ladder. McCorkle has not exactly been fighting worthy opponents thus far and will get a real test against the experienced Struve, who has been in there with some of the best in the division.

Look for Struve to be too much for McCorkle, winning what will likely be via unanimous decision. McCorkle is a prime example of a fighter that has a record good enough to hype, but in reality is a collection of wins against nobody opponents.

Two of the best Lightweights in the world will clash at UFC 124 when undefeated Charles Oliveira (14-0-0) takes on Jim Miller (18-2-0). Oliveira has fought most of his fights in Brazil and only has wins over Darren Elkins and Efrain Escudero since entering the UFC.

Miller has fought the best fighters in the world, and his only two loses came at the hands of current champ Frank Edgar and No. 1 contender Gray Maynard. Look for Oliveira to be overwhelmed by Miller for all three rounds. Miller should walk out of the Octagon with a decision victory unless Oliveira can gain a dominant position on the ground.

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Another Welterweight fight on the card that bettors are looking at is Thiago Aves (14-5-0) vs. John Howard (14-5-0). These two guys should go to war with each other, making this fight anyone’s guess.

Keep your eye on the Bovada line on this one; with so much leather flying around an underdog pick in this fight could turn into a tidy profit.

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