The UFC will be back in action on Sunday, February 21 when UFC Fight Night 83 gets underway live from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a main event welterweight bout between ‘two cowboys’.Better yet is the fact that you’re going to have a great chance to cash in with a winning wager thanks to the expert UFC fight night betting advice you’re about to get from yours truly. Okay, with that said and Fight Night 83 quickly approaching, let’s get started.
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UFC Fight Night 83: Oliveira vs Cerrone UFC Odds and TV Information
When: Sun, Feb 21, 2016 05:15 PM
Where: CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
UFC Odds: Donald Cerrone -280, Alex Oliveira +240
TV: Fox Sports 1
Stream Option: FoxSportsGo
Donald Cerrone (28-7)
The 32-year-old Cerrone had his seven-fight winning streak snapped in his first round TKO (body kick and punches) loss to Rafael Dos Anjos in their UFC on Fox lightweight title fight on December 19. “There’s nothing I can say about my last fight,” Cerrone said of his loss to Dos Anjos. “There are plenty of people who don’t show up for work on any given day and unfortunately in my business that comes with an ass-whippin’ and that’s what happened to me. Maybe I can do some more sit ups or block my liver better, but that’s whatever. I’m back and I’m ready to get in there and throw the f**k down on Sunday in Pittsburgh.”
Cerrone has recorded five of his 28 career victories by way of knockout, 15 via submission and eight by way of decision. The Cowboy has also suffered two KO losses, one via submission and four by way of decision with one no contest defeat. Cerrone is one of the best kickboxers on the face of the planet and also uses Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and boxing in his bouts. Cerrone will make his debut at welterweight in this intriguing showdown.
“Moving up in weight is the best part. I’m sitting here at 177 pounds and I just ate guacamole and had some fruit roll-ups this morning,” Cerrone said. “I’m an hour of sweating away from losing the weight. How can I not be excited about that? Yeah, they may be a little bit bigger than me at this weight class, but I may be a little bit faster than they are. Who knows? A fight is a fight and we get to find out. That’s the best part.
Alex Oliveira, (14-2-1,NC)
Oliveira has won three straight fights but will also be making the jump up to welterweight, although he’s already fought at the weight twice before. The Brazilian-born up-and-coming star has recorded nine of his 14 career wins by way of knockout, so he has plenty of stopping power. Oliveira has also won three fights via submission and two more by way of decision. Oliveira has also suffered one decision loss and one submission defeat in his career. The 27-year-old ‘Cowboy’ has a dark blue prajied in Muay Thai and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Oliveira was a last second replacement for Tim Means, Cerrone’s original opponent, but he’s clearly no fearful of anyone.
“It’s gonna be a big fight, because we are both strikers. We’re cowboys, an American and a Brazilian, and we both stand and bang. It’s gonna be fight of the night, and it’s on my birthday night. I’m going to give myself this gift. It’s my first five-rounder, but I hope it won’t go past the third. We will beat each other up.”
Donald Cerrone has the huge edge in experience and facing quality opponents, but I’m wary of the dangerous Oliveira even of oddsmakers have installed his as a decisive underdog. Oliveira recently took out veteran K.J. Noons to record the biggest win of his career and I believe he’s going to give Donald Cerrone a very tough way to go in this affair.
Still, I just can’t bring myself to go against Cowboy Cerrone, mostly because he’s never lost consecutive fights and has plenty riding on the line if he wants to become relevant in the welterweight division. Oliveira has never fought anyone on the same level as Cerrone and I believe the lack of big-fight experience is what will ultimately be the deciding factor in this bout.
I’m going with Cowboy Donald Cerrone to put the lasso around Cowboy Alex Oliveira via third round submission.
My Pick: Donald Cerrone via Second Round Submission (Arm Bar).