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Online UFC Bet – A Look At The Undercard Of The UFC’s Biggest Night

Posted by Jack “The Hammer” Howard on 4/21/2011 12:46:33 PM
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Ben Henderson (12-2) vs. Mark Bocek (9-3) – Lightweight

Henderson is a -140 favorite in this lightweight contest, but Bocek will have the edge in crowd support as a native of Toronto. Both are well-versed in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and both like to submit their opponents. Henderson, a former WEC lightweight champion, is making his UFC debut, but Bocek is hungry to show that he is ready to move up the ladder at 155 pounds. We’re taking the hometown boy in a hard-fought match.

Betting Edge: Mark Bocek

Vladimir Matyushenko (25-5) vs. Jason Brilz (18-3-1) – Light Heavyweight

This should be a matchup of wills as both fighters are very accomplished wrestlers, but we’re going to give the edge to the Russian Matyushenko when it comes to standing up. While Brilz has lost two of his last three fights, both of those losses were split decisions that could have gone either way. He may need to finish this fight to earn a victory, and Matyushenko has shown that he can be knocked out.

Betting Edge: Jason Brilz

Rory MacDonald (10-1) vs. Nate Diaz (13-6) – Welterweight

This is a battle of two fighters who may be known more for their work as lightweights, but have moved up to 170 pounds, and this match has “Fight of the Night” written all over it: Diaz has won that honor four times in his career, while MacDonald earned it once in his two UFC fights. MacDonald should have the crowd on his side as he is a native of British Columbia, but Diaz is used to being the bad guy as he rubs a lot of fans the wrong way with his cocky attitude. We expect Diaz to keep MacDonald at bay with his reach, and he’s also a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Betting Edge: Nate Diaz

Kyle Watson (13-6-1) vs. John Makdessi (8-0) – Lightweight

Watson makes his debut on a major UFC card after fighting at the GSP-Koscheck Ultimate Fighter finale, while the unbeaten Makdessi made his debut at UFC 124. Once again, Makdessi will have crowd support as he was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but fights out of Montreal, and he has heavy hands with six career knockouts. Watson is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist who prefers to get the fight to the mat, but we think Makdessi will push the issue and go for the quick knockout. However, he has to be careful or he’ll find himself in a submission before he knows what’s going on.

Betting Edge: John Makdessi

Sean Pierson (11-4) vs. Jake Ellenberger (24-5) – Welterweight

Pierson, a Toronto native, also made his UFC debut at UFC 124, and he has fought all of his career fights in Canada. Ellenberger has fought once in Canada, but he has plenty of experience and furthermore, he has some of the heaviest hands in the 170-pound division, although he is improving his Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Both are wrestlers, but we think this fight will be won in the stand-up section of the match, and the edge goes to Ellenberger in that respect.

Betting Edge: Jake Ellenberger

Pablo Garza (10-1) vs. Yves Jabouin (15-6) – Featherweight

Garza fought in the first featherweight bout in UFC betting history back at the GSP-Koscheck finale, and he scored the “Knockout of the Night”. Jabouin is a Haitian fighting out of Montreal and he is making his UFC debut, looking to add to his knockout record as 11 of his wins have come that way. The “Knockout of the Night” award is an anomaly for Garza as he prefers to take matches to the mat where he can score a submission, and this fight will be all about nerves. We think Garza will handle the spotlight a little better than Jabouin.

Betting Edge: Pablo Garza

Ivan Menjivar (21-7) vs. Charlie Valencia (12-6) – Bantamweight

Menjivar was born in El Salvador, but fights out of Montreal, and this is actually his second UFC tilt as he lost to Matt Serra as a lightweight via decision back in 2004. Valencia is a part of the WEC stable that was bought out by the UFC, and he is a varied fighter as he has backgrounds in wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and boxing, but Menjivar has eight wins apiece via knockout or submission, so he is very comfortable standing up as well as on the mat. This is another bout that could win the “Fight of the Night” honor, but we’re going with Valencia.

Betting Edge: Charlie Valencia

Claude Patrick (13-1) vs. Daniel Roberts (12-1) – Welterweight

If you’re a fan of submissions, this will be the UFC betting matchup for you as these two have combined for three knockouts (all by the Toronto-born Patrick), but 18 submissions. Patrick is one level higher in Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a brown belt, and he also has a background in Muay Thai, while Roberts’ lone loss came as a knockout, so Patrick may try to win this match standing up. Either way, he’s a better fighter and he’ll have the crowd on his side.

Betting Edge: Claude Patrick

Jason MacDonald (24-14) vs. Ryan Jensen (15-7) – Middleweight

Finally, MacDonald, from Nova Scotia but fights out of Edmonton, makes his return to the octagon after almost a year because of a broken leg, and he’ll get Jensen, who has lost three of his last five fights. Jensen will likely be fighting for his UFC career as many thought he would be released after losing to Court McGee in October, and he may try to extend this fight as MacDonald will be rusty. But MacDonald has always had good conditioning, and we think any rust he has will be countered by his excitement to get back into the octagon, and we expect him to submit Jensen for a sports betting victory.

Betting Edge: Jason MacDonald

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