Jones vs. Machida Headlines a Huge UFC 140 Card
UFC 140 Betting Preview

Mixed martial arts – and the value-packed betting opportunities that come with it – will be on center stage when UFC 140 gets under way live from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 9:00 PM ET.

Better yet, the BetUS MMA betting faithful are set to get a trio of bankroll-boosting picks on the top three fights on the exciting value-packed UFC 140 betting card. First up, we’ll look at the headline light heavyweight bout featuring Jon ‘Bones’ Jones taking on Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida, followed by a pair of bouts featuring the Nogueira twins.

What: UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto
When: Saturday, Dec. 10 at 9:00 PM ET on Pay-Per-View
Facebook stream at 5:45 PM ET
Ion televised card starts at 7:00 PM ET

UFC Odds
Lyoto Machida +325
Jon Jones -450

Name: Lyoto Machida
Age: 33
Nickname: The Dragon
Record: 17 - 2 - 0
Height: 6'1" (186cm)
Weight: 204lbs (93kg)
Country: Brazil

The Scoop: Lyoto Machida is coming off a thrilling second round KO (jumping kick) win over the legendary Randy Couture at UFC 129 in April to bounce back nicely following a pair of consecutive losses to Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC 123 and UFC 113 respectively. The jaw-dropping win was the Fight of the Night at UFC 129. Machida specializes in Shokotan Karate, Sumo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The Dragon has recorded six career wins by knockout, nine via decision and two by way of submission.

Name: Jon Jones
Age: 24
Nickname: Bones
Record: 14 - 1 - 0
Height: 6'4" (194cm)
Weight: 204lbs (93kg)
Country: United States

The Scoop:
Jon ‘Bones’ Jones has won five consecutive fights, including his title-defending, second round submission (rear-naked choke) win over Quinton Jackson at UFC 135 in September. The multi-faceted Jones uses Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Greco-Roman Wrestling and Gaidojutsu to generally overwhelm his opponents. Jones has recorded eight of his 14 career wins via knockout, four by way of submission and two by way of decision.

Fight Prediction: If you’ve seen Jon ‘Bones’ Jones this year, then you already know that he’s one of the most gifted athletes on the face of the planet, not just in the UFC. Jones has had an absolutely incredible year and could cap it off with arguably the greatest single-year campaign in UFC history by beating Machida in this fight.

Jones has already taken it to top-notch fighters, Ryan Bader, Shogun Rua and Rampage Jackson this year and he’ll get to add another top-notch name to that list in beating Machida in this bout.

While ‘The Dragon’ is undoubtedly one of the very best light heavyweight fighters in the world today – and one that will certainly not go down easily – I still can’t see the freakishly athletic Jones not coming out on top in this fight.

I think BetUS MMA gamblers can expect Machida to give Jones a few fits early on as he avoids any situation that looks like it could get him in trouble. Nevertheless, I’m going to pick Jones to win this title fight either in the third round or later.

Bones Jones has a 10-inch reach advantage and is the younger and stronger fighter in every phase of the fight game. Jones is the better stand-up striker – and ground-and-pound BJJ specialist, so unless Machida lands a luck punch or two, there’s just no way he can win this fight, either on the ground or standing up.

If you’ve followed me here at BetUS for the past few years, then you already know how I fell about Jon Bones Jones. If not, let me just say that Jones is so athletically gifted, I genuinely believe he’d succeed in the NFL, the NBA, Major League Baseball and hell, if you give him a pair of skates and a stick, he’d probably kick ass in hockey too.

The point is, Jon Bones Jones is just too good, too strong and too full of youthful exuberance to lose to anyone, lest a guy almost 10 years his senior, anytime soon.

Back my guy, Jon Bones Jones to get the third round KO (punches) or submission win.

UFC 140 Pick: Jon ‘Bones’ Jones by Third Round KO

 

UFC Odds
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira +210
Frank Mir -280

Name: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Nickname: Minotauro
Record: 33 -6 -1  
Height: 6'3" (191cm)
Weight: 243lbs (111kg)
Age: 35
Country: Brazil

The Scoop: This Nogueira brother is coming off an exciting first round KO (punches) win over Brendan Schaub at UFC 134 in August, but has gone just 2-2 over his last four fights with losses to Mir and Cain Velasquez along the way. Nogueira has been knocked out twice, while suffering four decision losses.

Name: Frank Mir
Record: 15 - 5 - 0  
Height: 6'3" (191cm)
Weight: 260lbs (118kg)
Age: 32
Country: United States

The Scoop: Frank Mir has won two straight fights and beat veteran banger Roy Nelson on a unanimous decision at UFC 130 in May. Mir has a black belt in both, Kenpo Karate and BJJ. All five of Mir’s career losses have come by way of knockout.

Fight Prediction: Let me get right to the point here by saying that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is in for a butt-whipping of epic proportions in this fight, mostly because Frank Mir’s pissed about having to even give the ‘Minotauro’ a rematch after beating the snot out of him three years ago in their UFC interim heavyweight title bout.

The younger Mir is much stronger than his opponent in this one and has some serious anger issues going for him that I believe will help him put away Nogueira in the second round, just like the last time they met at UFC 92 in December of 2008. Frank Mir got the win via second round TKO (punches) and that’s what I’m going with in this fight as well.

UFC 140 Pick: Frank Mir via second round TKO (punches)

 

UFC Odds
Tito Ortiz +165
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira -210

Name: Tito Ortiz
Nickname: Huntington Beach Bad Boy
Record: 16 - 9 - 1  
Height: 6'2" (188cm)
Weight: 205lbs (93kg)
Age: 36
Country: United States

The Scoop: The legendary Tito Ortiz was one of the early stars of mixed martial arts, but that’s clearly no longer the case.  Ortiz has lost four of his last five fights, including his second round TKO (knee and punches) loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 133 in August. Ortiz has been knocked out three times while suffering two submission losses and four losses via decision.

Name: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Nickname: Little Nog
Record: 19 - 5 - 0  
Height: 6'2" (188cm)
Weight: 206lbs (94kg)
Age: 35
Country: Brazil

The Scoop: This Nogueira brother is riding a two-fight losing streak that includes a unanimous decision loss to Phil Davis at UFC Fight Night in March. This Nogueira brother has suffered four decision losses in his career and just one KO loss.

Fight Prediction: As much as I’d like to see Tito Ortiz win this fight, his recent fight history is so poor and disturbing that I simply cannot advise any MMA betting gambler to back him in this fight against an Antonio Rogerio Nogueira that is going to desperate to win this fight.

Both of these guys are a bit over-the-hill at this point of their respective careers, so I guess anything is possible, but if you’ve seen Tito Ortiz recently, then you know he’s going to be in trouble in this fight.

Nogueira’s last two losses have come against top-notch fighters in Phil Davis and Ryan Bader – and that’s something that Tito Ortiz is no longer – elite.

Nogueria’s three-sided ability to win by KO, submission or going the distance will win out in the end in this matchup of aging fighters with a lot to lose.

Tito Ortiz doesn’t go down easily and has gone the distance in losing three of his last four fights, so I’m going to back ‘Little Nog’ in this one, via unanimous decision as he wears down Ortiz with his superior boxing.

This will be Ortiz’ third fight inside of six months – and although that would seem to indicate he’s finally healthy following some back issues, I believe three fights in such a short time span is a bit much, especially for a guy 36-years-old.

UFC 140 Fight Prediction: Antonio ‘Little Nog’ Nogueira via Unanimous Decision