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UFC 131 Betting – A Look At The Undercard On Saturday Night

Posted by Jack “The Hammer” Howard on 6/8/2011 4:18:40 PM
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While most online betting players will be focused on the big fights on Saturday night’s card at UFC 131, the heavyweight tilt between Junior Dos Santos and Shane Carwin (stepping in for the injured Brock Lesnar), and Kenny Florian’s featherweight debut against Diego Nunes, there are plenty of other worthwhile fights on the card, and here are the picks you need to make.

  • What: UFC Betting
  • When: Saturday, June 11th, 10:00 PM ET
  • Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver

Jon Olav Einemo (6-1) vs. Dave Herman (20-2)

Herman is a massive -260 favorite in this heavyweight contest against the Danish Einemo, and Herman has been to a decision only once in his MMA career. Einemo was slated to face Carwin, but since Carwin got bumped, he gets Herman, who is looking to make a statement in his UFC debut. Einemo will have to use all of his Brazilian jiu-jitsu to counter Herman’s power, but Herman is also a comfortable wrestler and with BJJ as well.

Betting Edge: Dave Herman

Demian Maia (14-2) vs. Mark Munoz (10-2)

This middleweight contest may be similar to the Einemo-Herman match as you get a submission specialist in the Brazilian Maia, going up against a powerhouse in Munoz, who is favored at -135. Maia is looking to move back up the ranks at 185 pounds after losing to champion Anderson Silva in April 2010, but he has won his last two fights with his superior grappling, which may be the best in the UFC. Munoz may have the heaviest hands in the division, as Kendall Grove will tell you after their one-round meeting in March 2011. This will be a matchup of styles, and you can expect Munoz to impose his will on this fight.

Betting Edge: Mark Munoz

Donald Cerrone (14-3-0-1) vs. Vagner Rocha (6-1)

This could be the early UFC betting favorite for “Fight of the Night”, an honor Cerrone won five times in the WEC, he has also won “Round of the Year” and “Fight of the Year” at Sherdog, and he won “Fight of the Night” in his UFC debut against Paul Kelly in February. Rocha, a Brazilian, is looking to make his name in his UFC debut after fighting in Bellator and Strikeforce, and he’s a jiu-jitsu artist with lethal armbars. Cerrone is also a submission artist, but he’s also an accomplished kickboxer and he’s excellent in Muay Thai. If you’re a fan of mat skills, this is the fight to watch, but Cerrone gets the edge of because of his Muay Thai in this lightweight affair.

Betting Edge: Donald Cerrone

Sam Stout (16-6-1) vs. Yves Edwards (40-16-1)

Stout, from Canada, is a -160 UFC betting favorite in this lightweight bout, and he’s a favorite of UFC fans as he has been awarded the “Fight of the Night” five times, including in three of his last four. The veteran Edwards, from the Bahamas, won that honor in his last fight against Cody McKenzie, and he’s well-rounded fighter who is as comfortable on the mat as he is standing up. If this fight stays on the feet, it’s too close to call, but Edwards has an edge on the ground, and he has all the experience in the world. In what should be another great match, take the underdog, Edwards, at +130.

Betting Edge: Yves Edwards

Jesse Bongfeldt (15-4-1) vs. Chris Weidman (5-0)

Weidman is a huge -340 favorite in this middleweight clash with the Canadian Bongfeldt, and both will be making their second appearance in the octagon. Bongfeldt fought to a draw with Rafael Natal in December, and he’ll be looking to put on a show for president Dana White. Weidman is getting a lot of attention as one of the top prospects out there, and while he is an All-American wrestler, his striking is powerful and he can knock you out. This is a big fight for both as they took their last fights on short notice, and they’ll be out to impress. We’re giving the nod to the younger Weidman because of his versatility.

Betting Edge: Chris Weidman

Nick Ring (11-0) vs. James Head (7-1)

Ring, from Canada, will be making his second appearance in the octagon after winning a decision against Riki Fukuda in February, while Head makes his UFC debut in the 185-pound division. Ring will have the advantage as the crowd in Vancouver will be on his side, and this is a matchup of two fighters looking to improve their jiu-jitsu skills. Both also have backgrounds in Muay Thai and boxing, so this fight should be largely standing up, and we’re giving the slightest of edges to Ring.

Betting Edge: Nick Ring

Dustin Poirier (9-1) vs. Jason Young (8-3)

Poirier is favored at -340 against Young, who is from England and making his UFC debut in this featherweight contest, and many have high hopes for Young, who is known for his striking ability. Poirier is well rounded and will stand and trade with you, but he can also slip on a submission if you aren’t careful. He’s more of a freestyle fighter who is adding jiu-jitsu to his arsenal, and he has only been a professional since May 2009. Young has lost all three of his fights by submission, and he could make a mistake under the bright lights of the octagon. 

Betting Edge: Dustin Poirier

Joey Beltran (12-5) vs. Aaron Rosa (16-3)

Beltran is favored at -165 according to UFC betting odds against Rosa, a heavyweight making his UFC debut, and Beltran knows he needs a win as he has dropped his last two fights, although he went the distance in both. This is a step up in competition for Rosa, who did lose to former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael Cavalcante in November 2009, and he is a powerful guy, but he has jiu-jitsu skills as well, and Beltran will have to beware of getting submitted. Beltran is going to fight like a guy whose UFC contract may be on the line, but the +135 underdog is the play here as Rosa is more versatile and a better fighter on the mat.

Betting Edge: Aaron Rosa

Michihiro Omigawa (12-9-1) vs. Darren Elkins (11-2)

In another featherweight bout, Japan’s Omigawa will pit his judo skills against Elkins’ wrestling style, so you can expect this to be a very technical fight. Both are coming off losses as well, but Elkins may have more to prove after he was submitted in the first round by Charles Oliveira last August. He may be a little rusty because of this layoff, while Omigawa just fought in February. In an uneventful affair, we’re taking Omigawa in our sports betting picks.

Betting Edge: Michihiro Omigawa

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