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Torres MacDonald Betting – Torres Holds Off MacDonald In Wild Atlanta Clash

Posted by Jack “The Hammer” Howard on 3/21/2012 2:12:59 PM
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Online betting sharps know that, sometimes, the best fights on a UFC card are actually in the prelims, and there is an example of that at UFC 145 as former UFC champion Miguel Torres looks to get back on the road to redemption against the up-and-coming Michael MacDonald, and the bantamweights will steal the spotlight with Torres eking out a win.

What: UFC Betting
When: Saturday, April 21st, 9:00 PM ET (prelims start at 7:00 PM ET)
Where: Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA
Pick: Miguel Torres -130

Why Bet On Miguel Torres (40-4)

Torres has stated that he has more fights on his record than what his record says as he began his MMA career in smaller bars and clubs before moving through the smaller promotions in Indiana, where he grew up and went to Purdue. He made it to the WEC and won the 135-pound belt from Chase Beebe before losing it four fights later to Brian Bowels in August 2009, then he lost to Joseph Benavidez in his next fight. Torres is 2-1 in the UFC so far, but his battles in the octagon was nothing compared to the fight he had to save his career as “Angel” was booted from the promotion for making an insensitive joke on Twitter. However, Torres was extremely apologetic and did everything he had to do to get back in the good graces of president Dana White and was allowed to get back into the UFC.

In the octagon, Torres is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu who has won 23 times via submission, but he also has a Muay Thai striking game where he can disable you with elbows and knees to set up his ground game. He will also be motivated to put on a show after the release fiasco, so expect Torres to come out with plenty of fire in Atlanta. Torres can be taken to the mat with an adequate wrestling game, but he is comfortable on the ground, so he doesn’t get rattled when he is in the guard position. “Angel” is a tough fight for anyone at 135 pounds, and he’ll be out to prove a point at UFC 145.

Why Bet On Michael MacDonald (14-1)

This is, by far, the biggest fight in 21-year-old MacDonald’s career and UFC betting players will have to worry about nerves being a factor here, because MacDonald certainly has the skill to compete. He is coming off a “Knockout of the Night” performance against Alex Soto in November in his third fight in the UFC, which followed up a split-decision win over Chris Cariaso in May. “Mayday” also earned the “Fight of the Night” in a unanimous decision over Edwin Figueroa in his UFC debut in March, so the kid likes to put on exciting fights. He has one loss in his career, which he avenged in the lower levels of the MMA ranks, so MacDonald should be on your radar when it comes to young prospects coming up in the company.

MacDonald is a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but he is great knockout power for a bantamweight; eight of his 14 wins have come via knockout, and seven of those KOs came in the first round. He has gone the distance just twice in his career, so some may worry about his conditioning, but it doesn’t matter much when you’re ending the fight early. If this fight manages to get to the third round, keep a close eye on how MacDonald is breathing, especially against a veteran like Torres. As we stated, this is easily the biggest fight of MacDonald’s career and if he can control his nerves, he has a chance against Torres, but if he doesn’t, the veteran will pounce.

How It Will Play Out

Torres is favored in this UFC betting contest at -130, while MacDonald is listed at +110 in a match that could end up being the “Fight of the Night” and should be on the main card (although you’ll get to see it for free on the preliminary card). Both of these men aren’t afraid to trade punches and they can both handle themselves on the ground, so look for this to be a high-energy fight no matter where it is held.

In the end, you have to give the edge to Torres’ experience, although it is going to be a close three-round fight and at this point, MacDonald is just looking to build his experience. Torres has more to lose after his release and return to the UFC, and he’ll want to prove to White that he made the right decision, as well as put himself in a main-card bout for his next fight. In a highly entertaining bantamweight tilt, take Miguel Torres in your sports betting book.

Torres MacDonald Betting Pick: Miguel Torres

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