This weekend’s upcoming UFC 138 card may not have many glamorous ‘big name’ fighters on the understated card, but that certainly doesn’t mean that BetUS MMA gamblers will have a lack of opportunities to cash in.
As a matter of fact, just the opposite is true. Mixed martial arts fight gamblers will have more than their fair share of chances to cash in with potentially winning wagers when the event gets underway live from LG Arena in Birmingham, England on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 8:00 PM ET.
In the headline bout of the night, middleweights Chris Leben (22-7, 12-6 UFC) and Mark Munoz (11-2, 6-2 UFC)
UFC 138 Odds
Chris Leben +180
Mark Munoz -230
Chris Leben, who has recorded 12 of his 22 career wins by way of knockout, pounded the snot out of Wanderlei Silva at UFC 132 to get back in the win column following a loss in his previous fight. The explosive Leben stopped the Brazilian icon in a shocking 27 seconds. However, he should have a much tougher time in this middleweight showdown against Mark Munoz, winner of three straight fights, including his unanimous decision win over Demian Maia at UFC 131 in June.
Brad Pickett (20-5, 0-0 UFC) vs. Renan Barao (26-1, 1 NC, 1-0 UFC)
This bantamweight matchup truly has the chance to be the best fight of the night with two gifted fighters with bright futures in front of them.
Pickett makes his UFC debut in this fight after beating Ivan Menjivar on a unanimous decision at WEC 53 last December. The highly touted Barao has not lost a single fight since losing his pro debut way back in 2005. The multi-faceted Brazilian also won his last fight via unanimous decision.
Thiago Alves (18-8, 10-5 UFC) vs. Papy Abedi (8-0, 0-0 UFC)
Veteran welterweight Thiago Alves has lost three of his last four fights, including his unanimous decision loss to Rick Story at UFC 130 in May.
Alves will battle an undefeated Papy Abedi as the aspiring youngster from Sweden makes his UFC debut. Adebi has muscles on top of his muscles and has finished off seven of his eight career opponents inside the distance.
Terry Etim (14-3, 5-3 UFC) vs. Eddie Faaloloto (2-2, 0-1 UFC)
Veteran lightweight Terry Etim had his four-fight win streak snapped by losing to Rafael Dos Anjos on a second round armbar submission at UFC 112 in April of 2010.
Eddie Faaloloto has lost two straight fights by way of TKO – in his WEC and UFC debuts, including his first round TKO (punches) loss to Michael Johnson, and no, I’m not talking about the retired former U.S. Olympic sprinter of the same name.
Cyrille Diabate (17-7-1) vs. Anthony Perosh (11-6)
Veteran light heavyweight Cyrille Diabate has won seven of his last eight fights, including his unanimous decision win over Steve Cantwell at UFC Live in March.
Anthony Perosh has alternated wins and losses over his last four fights but managed to beat Tom Blackledge on a rear naked submission choke at UFC 127 in February.
Now, if you’re looking for my UFC 138 wagering selections, then my winners are:
Chris Leben, Renan Barao, Papy Abedi in the ‘upset’ of the night, followed by victories for both, Terry Etim and Cyrille Diabate.