UFC 166 Betting Offers Rubber Match Between Dos Santos and CainEditor
It is time for another vaulted UFC rubber match with former champ Junior Dos Santos battles reigning heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez for the third time at UFC 166.
Not only that, but several other fights on the intriguing card, are also offering MMA gamblers an excellent chance to cash in with winning wagers.
This look at the top three fights on the UFC 166 card will give mixed martial arts gamblers the info they’ll need in order to make a series of wise wagers over the course of the entire UFC 166 card.
Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez
UFC 166 Odds
Junior Dos Santos +160
Cain Velasquez -200
Analysis: Junior Dos Santos bounced back from his loss to Cain Velasquez at UFC 155 last December to stop veteran heavyweight Mark Hunt on a spinning heel kick in the third round at UFC 160 in May.
Santos has just one loss on his record in the last five-plus years and now he’s looking for revenge.
The big Brazilian has recorded a dozen wins via KO, two by submission and another two via decision while suffering one loss via submission and another coming by way of decision.
Cain Velasquez has just one loss on his career record, but it came against junior Dos Santos via first round KO at UFC on FOX back in November of 2011. Since then, Velasquez has beaten Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva twice, sandwiched around a revenge victory over Dos Santos that earned him the heavyweight title at UFC 155 last December. Velasquez has recorded 10 wins via knockout with two coming by way of decision with his only career loss coming against Dos Santos via KO.
My Pick: I love trilogy’s more than I love Philly cheesesteaks so that’s saying something MMA gamblers if you know me and my meat-eating self!
All jokes aside though – and I have to admit that I am going with the underdog Junior Dos Santos to get his revenge – and heavyweight title belt back where it belongs. Junior Dos Santos is the younger, taller fighter in this matchup and he’s got plenty of motivation to take down Cain Velasquez.
I like the way Junior Dos Santos has improved his boxing ability infinitely since last meeting Velasquez and I believe his ability to get back on his feet after being taken down is what will separate these two fighters in this bout.
It’s going to be a flat-out thriller, but I like Junior Dos Santos to win and get his belt back.
The Pick: Junior Dos Santos via second round KO (punches)
Roy Nelson vs. Daniel Cormier
UFC 166 Odds
Roy Nelson +400
Daniel Cormier -600
Roy Nelson (19-8-0, 12 KOs) had his three-fight winning streak snapped in his unanimous decision loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 161 in January, but that’s not all. Unfortunately, Nelson could be in even more trouble in this fight against an undefeated Daniel Cormier (12-0-0, 5 KOs) at UFC 166, even though the young heavyweight wasn’t particularly overwhelming in beating Frank Mir via unanimous decision at UFC on FOX in April.
Still, Cormier has a lot more riding on the outcome of this fight than Roy Nelson and I believe the fact that he’s not real far off from a title shot will be more than enough motivation to win this one in convincing fashion.
If Cormier, the far better striker and grappler in this bout, can avoid Nelson’s one and only shot to win this bout – his big right hand, he’ll get the win and ensuing title shot at some point in the very near future, even if it does come in the light heavyweight class.
The Pick: Daniel Cormier via second round TKO
Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez
UFC 166 Odds
Diego Sanchez +450
Gilbert Melendez -700
Gilbert Melendez (21-3-0, 11 KOs) might have suffered a hard-fought split decision loss to former champ Ben Henderson in his UFC debut at UFC on FOX in April, but the fact of the matter is that, even in defeat, Melendez established himself as one of the premier fighters on the planet in his weight class and should easily pound the snot out of Diego Sanchez (24-5-0, 9 submissions) in this bout.
Analysis: Melendez has speed, a versatile fight game and plenty of finishing power as evidenced by his 11 career KOs. Sanchez, on the other hand, got a unanimous decision win over Takanori Gomi at UFC on Fuel TV in March, but he hasn’t looked very good in winning that fight or losing his previous fight, a unanimous decision loss to veteran Jake Ellenberger at UFC on Fuel TV in February of 2012.
Gilbert Melendez not only wins this fight but he does so inn absolutely stunning fashion, giving Diego Sanchez the ol’ heave-ho with a second round KO.
The Pick: Gilbert Melendez via second round KO