The UFC returns to Brazil this weekend and will highlight some local legends on the main card while it brings a conclusion to the TUF Brazil Middleweight and Featherweight tournaments. Bovada is now offering action on the UFC 147 card that will be headlined by two former Middleweight champions in Rich “Ace” Franklin and Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva.
Also on the UFC 147 card will be Brazilian MMA superstar Fabricio Werdum looking to get a step closer to a UFC Heavyweight title shot with a win over Mike Russow, while two top Brazilian Featherweight prospects will fight to make their name in the biggest MMA organization in the sport.
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Has Silva managed to evolve his game?
The main event of the UFC 147 fight card will be a rematch of a very entertaining and close fight. Despite a unanimous decision victory, Franklin had lots of trouble against Silva in their first meeting and was in danger of getting knocked out at one point. However, Franklin was able to use his striking skills to get the best of the brawling style of his opponent for the victory.
The question in the rematch is whether Silva will have something new for Franklin to deal with. Silva has changed his training and claims to be a more complete fighter going into this one, but oddsmakers at Bovada currently have him handicapped as a +140 underdog.
Action on Franklin at Bovada currently comes at a -170 price; that’s up a small amount from the initial offering of -160. Franklin will need to do what he did in most of the first fight and use his kickboxing and foot movement skills to out-technique his opponent.
Does Russow have value against Werdum?
Russow has had a very successful MMA career that spans over 13 years. He has not lost in over five years, and is currently on an 11-fight win streak. However, Russow has never fought a ranked fighter in his entire career, and for that reason he’s handicapped as a heavy underdog at Bovada.
A Russow upset will currently pay +350 at Bovada, which is a generous payout on a fighter that always seems to find a way to win. He’s an accomplished wrestler and has a heavy right hand, two traits that give him a chance to win this fight.
Werdum is expected to dominate this fight regardless of where it goes and currently comes at a price of -500 at Bovada. All of his career losses were against the cream of the Heavyweight crop, and despite his record Russow is not even close to being a top-ten ranked Heavyweight fighter.
Who is more hungry, Dias or Alcantara?
In a Featherweight battle between Hacran Dias and Yuri Alcantara MMA fans are sure to be treated to an exciting fight between two very eager Brazilians. Both are on long win streaks and are looking to take advantage of their opportunity to fight in the UFC.
Alcantara already has two UFC victories and is looking towards fights with the top Featherweights in the division. He has won 13 straight but will be tested by another young Brazilian who will be willing to do anything to get a permanent spot on the UFC roster.
Dias has been fighting in Brazil for most of his career and is currently on an eight-fight win streak. As a member of the Nova Uniao fight team he should not be underestimated in his UFC debut at UFC 147. Dias has elite grappling skills and has the ability to end the fight with a quick submission or by using his hands and feet.
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