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McGregor, Lawler Among Best Bets For Upcoming UFC 189 Event

Posted by on 7/9/2015 10:28:57 PM

The fact that UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo won’t compete at UFC 189 was a major talking point when it was established and it will more than likely come up again a few times over the next few months but the bottom line is that the card for this main event is still absolutely stacked including a main event that has the potential to be even better than it would have been if Aldo was able to fight. Here is a look at the best bets on the board for the upcoming UFC 189 event.

Interim Featherweight Championship Bout

(17-2-0) Chad Mendes vs. Conor McGregor (17-2-0)

What makes this fight so intriguing is the fact that McGregor spent so much time preparing for a much different opponent in Aldo and is now forced to take on Mendes on short notice. Mendes is a solid striker for sure but what makes him so different than Aldo is his elite wrestling skills. McGregor has proven himself as a striker but the real question now is whether he can handle the wrestling ability of Mendes and avoid being taken to the mat. Mendes will do his best to slow this fight down and ground out a win but he will have to be very careful not to get caught. McGregor appears to be a man on a mission right now and while the matchup is certainly worth tuning in to it looks as though McGregor deserves the benefit of the doubt especially since he is coming off three straight TKO wins. Don’t be surprised if McGregor wins this tilt via knockout in the third or fourth rounds.

Pick: McGregor -190

Welterweight Championship Bout

(25-10-1) Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald (18-2-0)

The first time that Lawler bet MacDonald it gave him the opportunity to fight for the title and while he lost that fight to Johny Hendricks he has since won three straight fights including the rematch with Hendricks via split decision at UFC 181 this past December. Hendricks will get another opportunity at the title but first up for Lawler is a rematch with MacDonald. The fact that Lawler barely escaped with a split decision win over MacDonald as well makes this fight that much more interesting but Lawler’s fighting style is perfect for what MacDonald brings to the table and there is no reason to think he will make the type of crucial mistake that will cost him in this matchup. Lawler should be able to win this fight just don’t expect he will win it via stoppage as MacDonald could very well take this tilt the distance.

Pick: MacDonald -175

Featherweight Bout

(14-4-0) Dennis Bermudez vs. Jeremy Stephens (23-11-0)

Bermudez and Stephens both throw a ton of heat but Stephens owns a five-inch reach advantage in this matchup and he should have no problem handling Bermudez’s mediocre wrestling skills. Bermudez has never lost a fight via knockout or decision so it makes sense that he is listed as the favorite for this fight but we like Stephens to end that run and bounce back from consecutive decision losses with a knockout win.

Pick: Stephens +170

Welterweight Bout

(13-1-1) Gunnar Nelson vs. Brandon Thatch (11-2-0)

Nelson was supposed to take on John Hathaway but after the latter was forced off the card it will be Thatch that steps in and takes this fight as the favorite to win. Thatch packs a ton of power for a welterweight and will have both the height and weight advantages and while he was recently upset by Benson Henderson in his most recent appearance he should be able to get back on track with a win.

Pick: Thatch -185

Bantamweight Bout

(24-10-0) Brad Pickett vs. Thomas Almeida (19-0-0)

UFC President Dana White continues to talk about Almeida as a rising star in the business and it’s no surprise that he elected to slot his fight against Pickett as the first bout on the main card. Almeida is a substantial favorite and probably isn’t even worth betting on but he is more than likely to improve to 20-0 as one of the rising stars in the UFC so it will be worth tuning in to this fight.

Pick: Almeida -900

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