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Breaking Down The Best Bets For The UFC 188 Event

Posted by on 6/8/2015 9:14:30 PM

There is no doubt that the Ultimate Fighting Championships would love to entrench itself in Mexico where an untapped fan based remains desperate for a product they can get behind. The UFC will push its agenda in the country again with the UFC 188 set to go down in Mexico City this month and while the homegrown talent is questionable to say the least there is every reason to look forward to the main event showdown between UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and interim champion Fabricio Werdum. Here is a look ahead to the best bets for the UFC 188 event.

UFC Heavyweight Title Bout

(13-1-0) Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum (19-5-1)

Velasquez returns to the Octagon for the first time since October of 2013 and while fans and MMA experts continue to talk about whether or not he will be the same as when he left the bottom line is that Las Vegas thinks he will be and we are behind them. The last time that we saw Velasquez he was knocking out Antonio Silva and Junior Dos Santos and while his knees and shoulders might hurt his long term prospects as champion he has worked hard to get himself back in to top shape and he should be able to beat up Werdum in a showdown that should feature plenty of action.

Pick: Velasquez -450

Lightweight Bout

(22-4-0) Gilbert Melendez vs. Eddie Alvarez (25-4-0)

Another fight that we can’t wait to see will likely determine who gets back in to the UFC Lightweight title picture with a pair of veteran fighters looking to earn that opportunity. Melendez is coming off a tough submission loss to Anthony Pettis with the title on the line but he is eager to get another shot and there is no denying his veteran skills. Meanwhile, Alvarez hasn’t fought since his unanimous decision loss to Alvarez at UFC 178 last October and while he proved his self in Bellator he hasn’t done anything in the UFC to date. There is no denying Alvarez deserves this opportunity but we will take Melendez in this bout believing he has the versatility, experience and skill set to get the win especially if this fight winds up going the distance.

Pick: Melendez -170

Middleweight Bout

(10-1-0) Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nate Marquardt (33-14-2)

Marquardt has lost four of his last five fights overall but he gets another opportunity to prove he belongs in the middleweight division against the TUF17 winner Gastelum. The 23-year-old Gastelum also has something to prove after a split decision cost him a perfect record at the professional level and as long as he is patient he should be able to bounce back. Gastelum is a versatile fighter that can handle the veteran Marquardt both standing and on the mat and we like him to bounce back with a big win.

Pick: Gastelum -450

Featherweight Bout

(4-1-0) Yair Rodriguez vs. Charles Rosa (10-1-0)

Rodriguez has probably the best chance of the fighters from the Mexican contingent to set the crowd off in the early going but he faces a very tough test versus Rosa. It took some time for Rosa to make it over to the UFC but he bounced back well from a unanimous decision loss to Dennis Siver when he submitted Sean Soriano at the UFC Fight Night event this past January and he is definitely the deserved favorite versus Rodriguez. That said, this is one of the more evenly matched fights from the main card so we will take the home favorite and a very talented young underdog in the 22-year-old Rodriguez.

Pick: Rodriguez +180

Women’s Strawweight Bout

(5-0-0) Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill (2-0-0)

Another area the UFC is trying to push is the women’s strawweight division and this fight could also be one of the more unpredictable on this main card. Torres and Hill both looked very good on TUF season 20 and while Torres deserves to be considered the major favorite based on what she achieved in Invicta the bottom line is that Hill has the potential to upset here and anything can happen in this bout. This fight could really go either way but we will take a chance on Hill at a much better price hoping that she will live up to the hype and come through with the underdog win at very good odds.

Pick: Hill +250

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