The UFC comes to the AT&T Center this Saturday night with a compelling main event, Leon Edwards vs Rafael Dos Anjos, and a whole host of other intriguing fights throughout the card. Plus, if you can’t make it to the event you are in luck as the whole event will be live on ESPN. Off a 2-1 week last week with my Bellator and UFC bets, let’s keep it rolling and get some wins.
Raquel Pennington +130 over Irene Aldana
This is a case of do not let the records deceive you. Yes, Pennington is only 9-7 and Aldana is 10-4, but look at the level of competition she has faced. She suffered losses to Germaine de Randamie and Amanda Nunes in back to back fights, but before that she won four in a row with two of those victories over Holly Holm and Miesha Tate.
Pennington is a tenacious fighter who pushes a great pace and isn’t afraid to mix it up. Irene Aldana is on a three fight win streak but she hasn’t been that impressive. She got Bethe Correira out of there in the third round with an armbar in a closely contested fight. I just see Pennington moving forward throughout the fight and walking through any punches that Aldana throws taking round after round from her. Add in the fact that this is a lower level of competition for Pennington compared to Germaine de Randamie and Amanda Nunes, who are the top two female fighters in the division, and I love Pennington as a dog here.
Dan Hooker -130 over James Vick
This fight is pretty simple. James Vick hates pressure and Dan Hooker almost died in the octagon in his last fight against Edson Barboza trying to pressure Barboza throughout the fight.
Now James Vick is in desperate need of a win here and gets a hometown fight of sorts since he is from Texas; however, this is not the guy to fight. Dan Hooker is tough as nails and has explosive power. All it will take is one punch or knee and Vick will be out. Now James Vick can win the fight if he just jabs and throws low kicks for the duration of the fight, but over the course of 15 minutes he’s going to get caught and dropped. Dan Hooker is the play here.
That’s all I have for UFC San Antonio for this weekend, let’s get these two fights and stay tuned for my Pacquiao vs Thurman preview that I’ll be posting before the week is up.