It’s a good weekend to be a contact sports enthusiast, as the next couple of days are loaded with boxing and MMA betting action. Bellator 202 goes on Friday night, while the Pacquiao/Mathysse title fight is set for Saturday night. Those are a pair of premium events, but the one that we are going to focus on here is the latest edition of UFC Fight Night, which goes on Saturday, July 14 in Boise, Idaho. The main card kicks at 10 PM EST and will feature 6 fights. That’s a lot of action to cover, so let’s get right to it.
UFC Fight Night Dos Santos vs Ivanov MMA Betting Preview
- Date: July 14, 2018
- City: Boise, Idaho
- Venue: CenturyLink Arena
- Live Stream: UFC Fight Pass
Cat Zingano (+100) vs Marion Reneau (-120)You look at the stats of these two ladies and you see a pair of fighters who appear to be very evenly matched in just about every category. The difference here is that these two women are on very different degrees of form. Zingano (9-3) has fought sporadically over the past few years and is often underwhelming, while Reneau (9-3-1) is in a very good run of form.In big events like these, though, the form book often goes out the window. This is a fight where I believe Zingano can kick it up a notch and get the win.
Myles Jury (+130) vs Chad Mendes (-150)Myles Jury is a fighter who can certainly use power to his advantage, with 9 of his 17 victories coming by way of the KO. He is on a very good run of form, winning 6 of his last 8 fights, including his last bout, which came in December of last year. On the flipside, Mendes (17-4) is a fighter who very often goes the distance, with most of his wins coming via decision.Mendes has lost 3 of his last 4, though, and needs a win here against a fighter coming up the ranks quite quickly. I don’t think he gets it, as I like Jury to win.
Randy Brown (-125) vs Niko Price (+105)This one has the chance to be the fight of the night, assuming we get beyond the first couple of rounds. These two men are likely to go toe to toe from the off before settling in if a KO doesn’t come.Brown comes in with a 10-2 record, with half of his wins coming via KO. Price is 11-1 with 6 KO, and he also has 1 no contest. I think this one goes the distance, which I believe will play into the favor of Brown.
Dennis Bermudez vs Rick GlennBermudez is not on the best of runs at the moment, losing 5 of his last 7 fights to take his career record to 17-8. His goal will be to get Glenn to the mat, as that is where Bermudez does his best work.He is a fighter who gets better the longer a fight lasts, so look for him to try and extend this one. He may need to against a very dangerous fighter, with Glenn sitting at 20-5-1, with 12 of those wins coming via KO. Bermudez is in need of a win here, and I think that desperation gets him on top.
Sage Northcutt (-135) vs Zak Ottow (+155)There appears to be no love lost between these two, which could mean that some fireworks are brewing. Northcutt is still just 22 years old but appears to be gaining more confidence with every fight. His career record now sits at 10-2.The more experienced Ottow (16-5) has been talking trash all week, which may come back to haunt him, as I see Northcutt finishing this one quickly.
Junior Dos Santos vs Blagoy IvanovDos Santos was once a major force in the UFC, but suspensions and other issues have contributed to his star falling and a 3-4 record since losing his title in 2012.This is a still a very dangerous fighter, though, and he comes into this one with an 18-5 career mark. Ivanov, who rose through the ranks at Bellator, is going to be a stern test for Dos Santos. The Bulgarian has a career mark of 16-1-1, and while I think he takes this fight the distance, I see a UD win for Dos Santos.
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- Liz Carmouche vs. Jennifer Maia
- Mark De La Rosa vs. Elias Garcia
- Jessica Aguilar vs. Jodie Esquibel