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Bet on the UFC on FOX This Saturday Night

MMA gambling is back in the spotlight this weekend when the UFC takes its wildly popular – and massively growing mixed martial arts battles to FOX TV with Saturday night’s premiere event on the station.

That’s right MMA gamblers, when the UFC on Fox: Dos Santos vs. Velásquez takes place live from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, you’re going to get a trio of value-packed chances to cash in with another winning wager in what has been one of the most active – and popular – MMA years in recent memory.

With that said – and fight time quickly approaching, let’s get down to the business at hand, making more winning MMA wagers than ever!

UFC Odds
Junior Dos Santos +120
Cain Velasquez -150

Name: Junior dos Santos
Nickname: Cigano
Record: 13-1-0
Wins: 8
Losses: 1
Height: 6'4" (194cm)
Weight: 239lbs (109kg)
Age: 27
Country: Brazil

Analysis: Junior Dos Santos has won eight consecutive fights, including his unanimous decision win over Shane Carwin at UFC 131 in June. Dos Santos has recorded eight wins via KO, three more by submission and two by way of decision while suffering a submission loss back in 2007.

Name: Cain Velasquez
Record: 9-0-0
Wins: 8
Height: 6'1" (186cm)
Weight: 244lbs (111kg)
Age: 29
Country: United States

Analysis: Cain Velasquez is undefeated in his career – and more importantly – he’s knocked out eight of the nine fighters he’s ever faced in his blossoming MMA career. Velasquez has recorded consecutive first round KO wins, including his pounding over Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 in October of 2010.

Fight Analysis: I’m going to keep the prediction for this matchup short and sweet by simply saying that, while this matchup is going to be a knock-down, drag-out affair, I have to go with Junior dos Santos to get the win, in large part, because Cain Velasquez has not fought in just over a year and I believe the layoff will come back to haunt him in this matchup against another gifted fighter.

While Velasquez has shown incredible punching power, I haven’t seen much else from him at this juncture of his career and I believe the more experienced dos Santos will take advantage of his opponents’ lack of versatility. Not only that, but Junior dos Santos has plenty of punching power of his own, which is why I like him to take out Velasquez on a second round KO!
UFC Pick: Junior dos Santos by Second Round KO


UFC Odds
Clay Guida +210
Ben Henderson -280

Name: Clay Guida
Nickname: The Carpenter
Record: 29 - 11 - 0
Wins: 4
Losses: 6
Height: 5'7" (171cm)
Weight: 155lbs (71kg)
Age: 29
Country: United States

Name: Ben Henderson
Nickname: Smooth
Record: 14 - 2 - 0
Wins: 2
Losses: 1
Association: MMA Lab
Height: 5'9" (176cm)
Weight: 156lbs (71kg)
Age: 27
Country: United States

Fighter History: Clay Guida has won four straight fights, including his unanimous decision win over Anthony Pettis at the TUF 13 in June while Ben Henderson has won two consecutive fights, including his unanimous decision win over Jim Miller at UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle in August.

Fight Analysis: Just based on the fact that Henderson lost to Anthony Pettis back in December while Clay Guida beat Pettis in his last fight, leads me to believe that Ben Henderson could be in a spot of trouble against the more experienced Guida.

Both of these fighters lack punching power a bit, but Guida’s got the upper hand there. Both are also excellent submission tacticians, but again, the edge goes to Guida, if ever so slightly.

In the end, Clay Guida has a bit too much experience, to lose this bout, particularly to a gut he can’t stand and one that has been talking a ton of trash prior to this fight.

This matchup may not have a lot of fist-flying action, but I like Clay Guida to get the job done, likely by third round submission.

UFC Pick: Clay Guida via Third Round Submission


UFC Odds
Pablo Garza +250
Dustin Poirier -350

Name: Pablo Garza
Nickname: The Scarecrow
Record: 11 - 1 - 0
Height: 6'1" (186cm)
Weight: 145lbs (66kg)
Age: 27
Country: United States

Name: Dustin Poirier
Nickname: The Diamond
Record: 10 - 1 - 0 (Win - Loss - Draw)
Losses: 1 Decisions
Height: 5'9" (176cm)
Weight: 145lbs (66kg)
Age: 22
Country: United States

Fighter History: Pablo Garza has won two straight fights, including his highlight reel first round flying triangle choke out over Yves Jabouin at UFC 129 in April. Dustin Poirier has won three in a row since suffering his only defeat back in August of 2010. Poirier beat Jason Young on a unanimous decision at UFC 131 in June.

Fight Analysis: These two fighters may have nearly identical records, but I really like Pablo Garza to win this bout, mostly because I believe he is far more explosive and more multi-faceted at this juncture of his career, though Poirier does have more knockouts.

Ultimately, this fight will end up on the ground where I expect Garza to have the slight edge I what looks like a decision outcome waiting to happen.

It’s going to be a close affair, but in the end, I’m going with Pablo Garza to win this on a unanimous decision in the UFC on FOX on Saturday, November 12.

UFC Pick: Pablo Garza via Unanimous Decision