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Cruz Faber Betting – Cruz Avenges Loss To Faber In UFC Debut

Posted by Jack “The Hammer” Howard on 6/13/2011 6:41:41 PM
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Online betting players who follow the UFC should be thrilled with the company’s purchase of the WEC, which means they can now feature fights from the smaller weight classes, which are often the best fights on a card. There is another one brewing on July 2nd as bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz steps into the octagon for the first time against the only man who has beaten him, Urijah Faber, and you can bet on the champion to come out swinging.

  • What: UFC Betting
  • When: Saturday, July 2nd
  • Where: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV
  • Pick: Dominick Cruz  (-125)

Why Bet On Dominick Cruz (17-1)

The champion will be looking to avenge the lone loss of his career, which came when Faber held the WEC featherweight title back in March 2007, and it may have been a case of nerves as it was Cruz’s first fight in the WEC, and was beaten via guillotine. Cruz moved down to bantamweight and has moved to the top of the ranks, taking the belt from Brian Bowles in March 2010, and he has since beaten Joseph Benavidez for the second time, as well as Scott Jorgensen in his last fight before the UFC bought out the WEC. Cruz combines strong wrestling with his boxing skills, and he has improved by leaps and bounds since moving down a class. He’s very technical on his feet, and Cruz has stepped up his wrestling, but it is his stand-up game that has put him at the top of the bantamweight division.

Cruz could try and press in this fight as he really wants to avenge the only loss he has ever had, and it’s compounded by the fact that Cruz and Faber really don’t like each other. Cruz has to use that bad blood as fuel, but he must keep his head because Faber has enough experience to capitalize on any mistakes Cruz makes, especially as this is Cruz’s UFC debut.

Why Bet On Urijah Faber (25-4)

Faber has plenty of experience that he can draw from, having fought in three weight classes, and he fought at bantamweight earlier in his career. He didn’t look great in his UFC debut, a unanimous decision over Eddie Wineland in March, but he did improve as the fight wore on. Faber has the edge over Cruz when it comes to wrestling, in which he competed at an NCAA Division I level, but he is also improving when it comes to Brazilian jiu-jitsu; he has a brown belt in that martial art. Of his 25 wins in his MMA career, Faber has submitted 13 foes (including Cruz), and his guillotines and rear-naked chokes are spectacular.

The challenger’s UFC betting odds depends on his ability to keep his cool because like Cruz, he wants this fight, and that was the first thing he stated after his win in March. This shouldn’t be a problem with all of the fights that he has been in, but the octagon is a bigger stage, and Faber definitely looked a little nervous and tense in his debut against Wineland

How It Will Play Out

Cruz is a slight UFC betting favorite at -130 in this championship tilt, while Faber is rated at +100, and many are touting this as a “Fight of the Year” candidate. Both have had exciting fights in the past, and they should be raring to go, given the animosity between the two. This is going to be a matchup of Cruz’s striking against Faber’s wrestling, and in the first fight, Faber imposed his style on the fight, which ended up in a quick victory for the then-champ. Cruz will have to keep his nerves in check in his debut in the octagon, but his eagerness to fight Faber will probably overcome that.

Instead, Cruz will show poise and even though he is 25, seven years younger than Faber, he only has 11 fewer fights and has looked great in his seven fights at 135 pounds. Faber will be game, but his prime is passed and Cruz is the guy to watch in the bantamweight division. In what will be a very intense tilt from start to finish, prepare for a future rubber match between these two and place a wager on Dominick Cruz in your sports betting picks.

Betting Edge: Dominick Cruz

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