UFC 208: Betting Preview
Let's be honest, the UFC have spoilt us in pay-per-views recently with UFC 205 and 207 respectively and UFC 206 being a great night of fighting on what look liked being a poor fight card.
We're back in that boat for UFC 208 with a pretty 'unsellable' night of fighting that has probably been saved by the addition of Anderson Silva. The Rousey-conqueror (as she might always be known as) Holly Holm faces off against Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural women's featherweight title as the octagon rolls into Brooklyn, New York.
We have some picks that may line your pockets with some hard earned cash to wake up to this Sunday morning...
Holly Holm v Germaine de Randamie - Women's Featherweight
Holly Holm to win by Decision or Technical Decision at 9/4 with BetVictor
This fight will be a case of who has the better stand up with Holm, a former Boxing world champion facing off with de Randamie who is a former kickboxing and muay thai world champion. I think Holm has the endurance to go the distance, despite losing the decision to Shevchenko and getting "put to sleep" by Miesha Tate and will find more comfort in facing a lower level opponent in Germaine de Randamie.
I think 9/4 is great odds and I think it's crazy that Holm is the underdog... People have written her off since the demise of Ronda Rousey but she's a tough tough cookie!
Glover Teixeira v Jared Cannonier - Men's Light Heavyweight
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Glover Teixeira to Win By KO TKO or Decision at 5/2 with BetVictor
The real factor in which way this fight goes is purely down to how Glover Teixeira has dealt with the crushing thirteen-second knockout defeat to Anthony "Rumble" Johnson at UFC 202. Glover has bounced back before after decision losses to Jon Jones and Phil Davis but, was knocked out for the first time since his MMA debut back in 2002.
The man facing him in Jared Cannonier is a lot less expierenced, has only recently dropped down to light heavyweight and probably on paper this is a mismatch, depending on Glover's state of mind. His biggest enemy is himself!
Anderson Silva vs Derek Brunson - Men's Middleweight
Fight to Go The Distance at 6/4 with BetVictor
Anderson Silva is widely considered to be the most talented athlete to ever enter the octagon, but without an official win since UFC 153 in 2012, can Anderson break the drought and get back to being in contention for a final run at the UFC title?
With Derek Brunson in the way, who always seems to fall up short when he gets a big fight (against Whittaker, Romero and Jacare) it won't be an easy test for "The Spider" but I don't expect Silva to finish Brunson or vice versa. I think it will be a cagey affair with Brunson looking to utilise his wrestling and Silva trying to strike Brunson from range and I think Brunson might be accused of showing Silva too much respect. I hope I eat my words but this seems too good of a bet to turn down.
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