The upcoming UFC 152 fight card will offer MMA bettors a wide selection of betting options from which to choose, including a big longshot title fight and a near-even battle between two elite strikers. Two UFC belts will be contested, and action on three fights is already available at Bovada.
Those fights include a Middleweight contender matchup between Brian Stann and Michael Bisping, the first-ever UFC Flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez, and a Light Heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Vitor Belfort.
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Can Belfort find a way in against Jones?
In order for former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Belfort to upset the current champ and pay out on the current +475 underdog option he will have to find a way to get inside the long reach of Jones and land some heavy strikes that will test the young champion's chin and will.
Jones will be looking to keep a safe distance and wear down the aging Belfort enough to finish him. Jones is currently a huge -750 favorite to retain his title and should put on another clinic for UFC fans to enjoy. Jones has received much criticism in the media due to his recent DUI charges and failure to fight Chael Sonnen on short notice, and if all the hype has gotten to the young champ it could increase the value of the generous upset option on Belfort.
Can Benavidez catch Johnson in Toronto?
Demetrious Johnson is the type of fighter that can make his opponent look bad with his speed and footwork. He’ll be looking to keep his distance from his opponent and land strikes from the outside, potentially throwing in a takedown every now and then if the opportunity presents itself. As the +225 underdog he could be the best upset pick on the UFC 152 fight card this week.
Benavidez is currently handicapped as the -285 favorite on the MMA odds at Bovada and is expected to be too strong and too aggressive for Johnson to handle. All he has to do is take down his opponent and keep him there to win via submission or KO victory. He could also get the best of the stand-up battle if he’s able to beat Johnson to the punch and cut off the Octagon.
Can Bisping get a win over a top contender?
Bisping has been a fixture in the Middleweight division over the last few years but he has still not been able to earn a title shot against Anderson Silva; he will look to get one step closer with a win over former Marine Stann this weekend. The Count is currently handicapped as the -175 favorite, while Stann will pay +145. Expect this fight to be entertaining as both are predominantly strikers and should settle things on their feet in a slugfest.
Bisping has a slight edge in the grappling department but is not known for his prowess on the mat much more than Stann. This fight will likely remain standing until one fighter gets hurt or begins to fade. This one could go either way and will likely come down to which fighter has the better kickboxing skills and biggest heart. Both know that an impressive win could get them a long-awaited title shot at Silva’s crown.
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