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How To Bet On UFC 149 – Barao Tops Faber For Interim Strap

Posted by Jack “The Hammer” Howard on 7/18/2012 4:27:33 PM

Online betting players aren’t surprised by injuries in the UFC, but UFC 149 may take the cake for fighters dropping off the card. Still, there are some great fights lined up on the main card, headlined by a clash for the interim belt in the bantamweight division.

What: UFC Betting
When: Saturday, July 21st, main card starts at 9:00 PM ET
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB, Canada

Urijah Faber (26-5) vs. Renan Barao (28-1, 1 NC) – Interim Bantamweight Championship Bout

Faber was all set to fight Dominick Cruz for the third time after the rivals were coaches on the most recent season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, but Cruz suffered a torn ACL in training and had to bow out. Now, Faber will fight for the 135-pound interim bout and Barao is one of the most lethal men in the division. He hasn’t lost since his very first fight and Barao is a well balanced mixture of jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai skills, and he poses a very tough task for Faber, who is excellent on the mat himself and controls his opponents with wrestling.

Barao is the -190 favorite and this is his chance to show that he belongs at the top of the 135-pound class and even though Faber will be game, Barao is too explosive to slow down.

UFC Betting Pick: Renan Barao -190

Hector Lombard (31-2-1, 1 NC) vs. Tim Boetsch (15-4) – Middleweight

Lombard was brought into the UFC to provide another challenger for Anderson Silva in the 185-pound division and the Cuban is no stranger to championship gold as he was the champ in Bellator. Lombard is a fourth-degree judoka that mixes up his strikes and he will take on Boetsch, who isn’t the most exciting fighter in the world, but he took a beating from Yushin Okami before storming back in the final round to steal a win. He’ll be at a disadvantage wherever this fight goes, as Lombard is also solid on the ground.

Lombard comes into this match as a -320 favorite and he’ll show why with a knockout win on Saturday.

UFC Betting Pick: Hector Lombard -320

Cheick Kongo (17-7-2) vs. Shawn Jordan (13-3) – Heavyweight

Jordan is the next prospect to come up through the ranks in the heavyweight division, and he loves to put on a show as he has gone the distance in just two of his 16 career fights. He’ll step up against Kongo, the veteran kickboxer that has added more and more to his game as he has gone along and even though Kongo will probably never hold the title, there are few tougher men in the UFC than the Frenchman.

Kongo is valued at +110, while Jordan is favored at -130 and this should be an excellent fight. If it’s a stoppage, Jordan will probably win, but if Kongo can stretch this fight out the entire 15 minutes, he has an excellent shot at stealing a victory and he’ll send Jordan back to the drawing board with his striking to come away with the win.

UFC Betting Pick: Cheick Kongo +110

Brian Ebersole (50-14-1, 1 NC) vs. James Head (8-2) – Welterweight

Ebersole took this fight on short notice after defeating T.J. Waldburger a month ago, and to say that he has the edge in experience is an understatement. Ebersole has seen it all during his career, but now he’s looking to prove that he deserves a title shot. Head is an up-and-comer who is a huge underdog at +315, but a victory over a veteran like Ebersole would push him up the ranks in a division that is getting tougher by the day.

Ebersole is coming off a tough fight, but if he can take this to a decision he is more balanced than Head, so the veteran should get the edge for a 12th consecutive win.

UFC Betting Pick: Brian Ebersole -375

Chris Clements (11-4) vs. Matt Riddle (6-3) – Welterweight

A pair of welterweights that need to win and win impressively will open the card in Calgary and Clements, who is from Ontario, should have the crowd on his side. Clements has won his last four fights, but needed a split decision to get past Keith Wisniewski in his UFC debut, while Riddle also won in a split decision in his last fight, snapping a two-fight losing skid.

Fights like this can often end up being the most entertaining because these guys are doing their best to prove they belong in the company and it wouldn’t be a surprise if you saw a “Knockout of the Night” here. Clements gets a slight nod because of the crowd and with a price of +130, he would be a smart pick in your sports betting picks.

UFC Betting Pick: Chris Clements +130

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