After destroying last week’s card with a perfect 6-0 record, I don’t expect this card to be as generous as last, but I also don’t plan on losing. With that, we have to roll with what this card has to offer. Below are my favorite bets for this pathetic excuse of a pay-per-view UFC event. Let’s go ahead and get it on. “ding ding”
ARMAN TSARUKYAN -205 vs Olivier Aubin-Mercier
I know you think I’m crazy going against the hometown hero, but just hear me out before you shut me down. Yes, Mercier is the hometown favorite. Yes, Mercier has the judo background and probably the better hands, but he also has a hard time staying on his feet as he has been endlessly taken down against wrestlers such as Alex Hernandez and Gilbert Burns. TSARUKYAN is by far the superior wrestler here and I do believe the Russian will figure out how to get Mercier down to the ground and control this fight. This will keep Mercier’s hands at bay and TSARUKYAN -205 spoils “The Canadian Gangster” in dominating fashion.
GAVIN TUCKER -125 vs Seungwoo Choi
GAVIN TUCKER comes into this fight off a broken face? Yes, that’s right: a broken face. With that being said, I like the Canadian here to win as I believe he is all around, in every aspect, the better, more well-rounded fighter. I do believe GAVIN TUCKER will use his kickboxing advantage to will his way to victory in what might be the all out slugfest of the night. Choi has very good striking skills, but, in my opinion, TUCKER has the edge in striking by virtue of being a little cleaner of a striker. Give me the Canadian here for a win. GAVIN TUCKER -125
DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO – (Even) vs Alexandre Pantoja
Here it is, the fight which I personally think is the best on the card and what could potentially be the Fight of the Night as two big-time hitters face off. Now I could make the case for both of these guys and could even say that Pantoja is the crisper, more fluent fighter. Hell, he might even have the edge in the grappling department technically, but what he doesn’t have is the sheer power that the “God of War” possesses in his hands. FIGUEIREDO has not only proven he is a force to be reckoned with, but he has a very freakish creative scrambling style that makes it very hard for opponents to hold him down. Pantoja is no chump but if he decides to stand with the “God of War” I have to favor the man with power. Riding with my guy DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO (even) money all day long.
Here are a few more fights I’ll be all over on this card hoping to bring home some bread:
ERIN KOCH -115
GILLIAN ROBERTSON -135 and Over
ALEXIS DAVIS +200
Now sure I can throw Holloway out there at -400 but that would be too easy. Enjoy these picks, good luck, and here’s to another winning week.