UFC 132 is this Saturday and will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. If you’ve been a fan on the UFC for a year or two than most of the names on the main card will be very familiar. Dana White and the UFC has been receiving a bit of heat lately for having underachieving pay-per-view events, but let’s hope the UFC veterans in the cage will change that this weekend at UFC 132. Find the odds and my picks for this UFC even below…
UFC 132 Main Event Odds and Pick
This will be the 1st time that the Bantamweight Championship Title has been on the line in the UFC since the WEC merger and it should be a great fight. Urijah Faber (25-4) has already defeated Dominic Cruz (17-1) back in 2007, but that was a long time ago and Dominic is a way better-rounded fighter now. The 1st time these two met they were featherweights, but now they’ll be fighting in the bantamweight division. Faber is 2-0 since dropping down a weight class, but Cruz should be able to defend the title for the 3rd straight time. Cruz has the advantage while standing up and his wrestling has improved so much lately that I don’t think Faber will be able to take him down at will. Lay the -150 on Cruz in the UFC 132 main event.
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UFC 132 Main Card Odds and Predictions
• Wanderlei Silva -170
• Chris Leben +150
Wanderlei Silva (33-10-1) wanted to fight Chris Leben (25-7) and he’s going to get his shot this weekend. Silva is getting old now and although Leben is only a few years younger, it should help out a lot in the 2nd and 3rd round. If you’ve watched these two in the past you’ll know that they love to KO their opponents and that’s what I expect in this fight. I’m looking for Leben to win by TKO in the 3rd round and be a candidate for KOTN at UFC132. Leben has a lot more power in his punches than it appears and his chin is made of solid gold. Take the generous +150 odds on Leben.
• Dong Hyun Kim -115
• Carlos Condit -105
Dong Hyun Kim (14-0-1) is undefeated in his MMA career and he’s starting to gain more attention. Kim loves to work on taking his opponents down to the ground and pounding them, but he doesn’t finish many fights. He’s a big/slow ground and pound fighter that has posed a match-up nightmare for many fighters including Nate Diaz. Carlos Condit (26-5) has experience and I’m sure he’s prepared to defend Kim’s takedowns. Condit can beat you with power or with finesse on the mat and could end this fight at any second with a TKO or submission. Kim is unlikely to finish the fight by knocking out or submitting Condit, so I really like the underdog here again and will be betting on the more experienced and well-rounded fighter, Carlos Condit. Short odds at -105 with Condit is a solid bet.
• Tito Ortiz +400
• Ryan Bader -500
This fight should be an easy money maker this weekend if you don’t mind the juice, but worst case you can parlay this fight with one or two other fighters for a nicer payday. Ryan Bader actually called out Ortiz on Twitter and of course Tito responded by saying that he’d fight Bader. If Bader wins this fight than Tito will be cut by the UFC according to Dana White, so if you want to see Ortiz one more time in the UFC this will be your only chance, as I can’t see him beating Ryan Bader. Bader is the wager, but with -500 odds you aren’t getting much for your money.
• Matt Wiman +105
• Dennis Siver -125
Dennis Siver and Wiman are moving up the lightweight contenders list very quickly and it won’t be long before one of these two guys will have a chance at the title. This fight could really go either way, but I’m betting on Wiman, which means I’m betting on another underdog this week and I hope it works out. Siver is hard to takedown, which was evident in his last bout against the BJJ specialist, Sotiropoulos. Wiman needs to make sure he’s controlling the pace of the fight and it needs to be as fast as he can while remaining comfortable because if he lets Siver tee-off on him, he’s in big trouble. Siver is an exciting fighter and may land a flying punch or jumping kick, but I think if Wiman can push the pace and get a takedown or two, he’ll be fine. I like Winman at +105 odds.
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