Wednesday, February 17, 2010

UFC 110 Betting Preview – Velasquez, Nogueira Down Under

The UFC will be making its Australian debut this weekend with UFC 110 taking place at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The card is stacked with a number of good fights and unlike UFC 109, there aren't many big favorites. Here's a preview of the top three bouts at UFC 110. For betting purposes, keep in mind that these fights will take place in a different time zone in Australia.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs Cain Velasquez

BetPhoenix Odds (BetPhoenix Reviews): Nogueira -115

With Brock Lesnar on the mend, the heavyweight division is up for grabs and two guys that are looking to throw their names into the hat will get together at UFC 110. This isn't like UFC 109 where two twilight-career Hall of Famers are trying to extend their glory days; this is two fighters who are more than capable of wearing the heavyweight belt.

Both fighters present similar styles and both excel on the ground. The question is whether Nogueira's experience will be the difference over Velasquez' youth and freshness. Velasquez has proven to be very impressive and look for him to take a step towards the main stream with a big win on Saturday.

Pick: Velasquez

Wanderlei Silva vs Michael Bisping

UFC 110 Betting Odds: Silva -150

Michael Bisping had a chance to climb the ladder in the UFC but he was brutally knocked down at UFC 100 when Dan Henderson violently knocked him out. He bounced back with a win over Denis Kang but again, Bisping is getting in the ring against a fighter with plenty of power.

Against Henderson, Bisping wasn't conscious of that fact that he could get flattened that hard. Against, Silva, he'll be far more prepared. Take a shot with Bisping as an underdog as bettors are putting too much stock in his previous knockout loss.

Pick: Bisping

Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic vs Ben Rothwell

MMA Betting Odds: Filipovic -150

This will be the "last chance" fight at UFC 110 as a couple of fighters that made their names outside the UFC will fight to likely keep their UFC contracts alive.

Cro Cop's career has been disappointing overall but if he can score an impressive knockout, he will definitely be kept around. Meanwhile, Ben Rothwell hasn't looked good since his IFL days and was steamrolled by Cain Velasquez in his UFC debut, but if he can avoid Cro Cop's kicks, he'll have a good chance to win this fight.

This is an even fight so take a shot with the underdog.

Pick: Rothwell +120



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