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UFC on Fox: Lawler vs Dos Anjos Betting Odds and Preview

The UFC heads north of the border for its last Fox card of the year when it sets up the Octagon in Winnipeg on December 16. The main event features Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos – two former champions with aggressive, crowd-pleasing styles – in a bout that could go a long way to determining the next welterweight title challenger.

The card top to bottom should be stacked to the brim with finishes with the likes of Mike Perry, Santiago Ponzinibbio and Oluwale Bamgbose scheduled to compete.

Robbie Lawler vs Rafael Dos Anjos

Robbie Lawler (-110) is the definition of an exciting fighter. The southpaw moves well with his feet and angles incredibly well thanks to his wealth of experience in the Octagon. These skills allow him to relentlessly punish his opponent with either his power combinations or crafty counter-strikes. However, you need to wonder if he can sustain this brutal style after years of wear and tear.

“Ruthless” is basically a sprawl-and-brawler. He has solid defensive wrestling that is backed up by his willingness to punish opponents who shoot for his legs. Only rarely will you see him shoot for a takedown himself but he is capable of doing so.

Rafael dos Anjos (-120) is mainly a pressure fighter who excels at dictating the pace of the fight. Dos Anjos typically works behind a consistent pumping jab and some brutal leg kicks. His footwork helps him cut off the cage and suffocate his opponent. Once his opponent is backed onto the cage, RDA either blitzes with heavy hands or grinds out a takedown.

Though dos Anjos’ striking has made huge strides over the past several years, his wheelhouse is still the grappling game. Once on a mat, RDA passes guard swiftly and smoothly, allowing him to either utilize his heavy-handed ground and pound or his third-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

This bout has legitimate fight of the year potential. Both Lawler and dos Anjos are aggressive, both are more than happy to brawl and both are tough as nails.

Other Notable Bouts

You should expect fireworks when Santiago Ponzinibbio (-205) and Mike Perry (+165) do battle in a fight that is not likely to need the judges. Ponzinibbio is riding a five-fight winning streak that has seen him finish three opponents in the first round. The Argentinian is typically an aggressive fighter who overwhelms his opponents with his athleticism and power. Though he prefers to push the pace, he is capable of sitting back and carefully countering. Much like Ponzinibbio, Perry is an aggressive striker who goes after his opponent from the first bell. The former pro boxer has excellent head movement and hand speed, which goes beyond his years. “Platinum” Perry is comfortable fighting a grueling, brawling style for three rounds.

Glover Teixeira (+140) and Misha Cirkunov (-170) meet in a battle that will have a major impact on the future of the light heavyweight division. Though Teixeira is capable in most facets of the game, he wants to basically box when he steps inside the Octagon. He wants to get into the pocket and make the fight ugly, as he excels at throwing short, quick punches. Cirkunov is not the most refined striker but he makes up for that thanks to his powerful hands. The resident of Toronto is more of a wrestler who looks to drive his opponent to the mat and take it to him. Cirkunov moves and positions on the ground like a man half his size.

UFC on Fox 26: Lawler vs Dos Anjos Betting Odds
  • Robbie Lawler -110
  • Rafael dos Anjos -120
Odds as of December 14 at Bovada
  • Ricardo Lamas -275
  • Josh Emmett +215
  • Santiago Ponzinibbio -205
  • Mike Perry +165
  • Glover Teixeira +140
  • Misha Cirkunov -170
  • Jared Cannonier -185
  • Jan Blachowicz +150
  • Julian Marquez -270
  • Darren Stewart +210
  • Chad Laprise -165
  • Galore Bofando +135
  • Tim Elliott -260
  • Pietro Menga +200
  • John Makdessi +155
  • Abel Trujillo -190
  • Alessio Di Chirico -125
  • Oluwale Bamgbose -105
  • Jordan Mein -145
  • Erick Silva +115
  • Nordine Taleb -155
  • Danny Roberts +125