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UFC Betting – Alves Attempts To Bounce Back From Consecutive Losses At UFC: 124

Posted by Jack “The Hammer” Howard on 11/26/2010 2:55:00 PM
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The Ultimate Fighting Championships return to Montreal, Quebec, Canada this December for its fifth event north of the border, where the hometown favorite Georges St. Pierre will attempt to defend his Welterweight title against John Koscheck. The man he beat with that title on the line in the summer of 2009 will be in action earlier in the night, as the lights go down at UFC: 124 for the first match of the main card, which will feature welterweights Thiago Alves and John Howard.

  • UFC: 124: St. Pierre vs Koscheck 2
  • Thiago Alves vs John Howard
  • Saturday December 11, 2010
  • Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
  • MMA Betting Odds: Alves - 300

Alves will try to bounce back after suffering consecutive losses for the first time in his career, falling to St. Pierre in a championship match before being defeated by John Fitch at UFC: 117. The 27-year old Howard will also be truing to rebound after losing his first fight in the UFC to Jake Ellenberger this past August.

Betting Preview: Thiago Alves

“The Pitbull” has lost some of his bite in recent months. After clinching seven straight victories to earn a No. 1 contender opportunity in the UFC Welterweight division, Alves has lost consecutive fights via unanimous decision. A brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Alves will need to regain his aggressive edge after securing 11 of his first 17 wins via knockout. The 27-year old’s last win came against the current No. 1 contender for the title in John Koscheck, and the online sports betting community understands his potential, but it is now time for Alves to step up in order to avoid falling off the radar in the 170-pound division.

Betting Preview: John Howard

Howard has accomplished a lot since making his debut in the UFC less than a year ago, winning four his first four fights before falling to Ellenberger this past August. Each of his last two wins came via knockout, with his first round takedown of Daniel Roberts in March earning Knockout of the Night honors. The doctors forced an end to his loss when Howard’s left eye was forced shut from repeated blows after he was unable to stop Ellenberger’s takedowns. Although he has the heart of the warrior, that takedown defense will need to be much improved in order for Howard to have any chance of avoiding the same fate against the well-rounded Alves.

UFC: 124: Match Up: Alves vs Howard

Although he opened with success, it appears as though UFC betting fighters have caught on that Howard is not where he needs to be overall, and is vulnerable to takedowns and submissions. While Alves is at his best striking, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he decided to attack Howards’ weaknesses and take him to the ground where he is most vulnerable. Alves has trained hard and is determined to get back on track, and should have no problem doing so against Howard.

MMA Betting Pick: Alves

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