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Machida Looks To Continue Middleweight Climb In Bout With Mousasi

Posted by Jack “The Hammer” Howard on 2/5/2014 8:11:20 PM

Lyota “The Dragon” Machida enjoyed a successful UFC middleweight debut when he knocked out Mark Munoz with a vicious kick to the head. That’s the kind of impact he will look to make when he steps inside the Octagon for his next fight, as he is set to take on Gegard Mousasi at the upcoming UFC Fight Night event. The former UFC Light Heavyweight champion has finally come to terms with the fact that his best shot at challenging for another title is at the middleweight level, and an online sports betting win over Mousasi would be another step in the right direction.

UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi
(20-4-0) Lyota Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi (34-3-2)
Saturday February 15, 2014
Arena Jaragua, Jaragua do Sul, Brazil
UFC Sports Betting Line: Machida – 340

Mousasi is a considerable underdog heading in to this fight, but he has won four-straight fights including his UFC debut-win over Ilir Latifi that helped him earn this opportunity. The former Strikeforce champion should provide a better challenger for Machida than Munoz, and the winner will take a major step forward in terms of title contention.

UFC Betting Preview: Lyota Machida

Many online betting fans felt that Machida was robbed of the decision versus Davis, but he has put that loss in the rearview mirror following a successful middleweight debut, and another victory will have fans talking about his title chances. A smart, calculated fighter, Machida’s unique striking style doesn’t lead to many mistakes, and his takedown defense is much better than Mousasi’s heading in to this fight. Machida will be better off keeping the fight away from the ground and using his striking to pick his spots, so look for him to be very patient early on, and avoid putting himself in any bad spots.

UFC Betting Preview: Gegard Mousasi

Mousasi has earned 11-career wins via submission, but the quality of his opponents has been called in to question and there is little doubt that he has never made any fighter as good as Machida tap. Mousasi is a capable striker, but he doesn’t match up well against Machida, and he could struggle to take this fight to the ground given Machida’s takedown defense and desire to keep his distance. Mousasi has the knockout power to end this fight at a moments notice, and he may have to be a little bit more aggressive when he gets the opportunity in order to really take this fight to Machida.

UFC Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

It isn’t that Mousasi isn’t a skilled fighter, it’s that he has yet to prove himself against an opponent as talented and as calculated as Machida. Machida’s style allows him to pick his spots and be a lot more patient than most other opponents, and that is exactly what you can expect from him heading in to a bout that could very well go the distance with such major title implications for both fighters.

UFC Betting Pick: Lyota Machida - 340

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