Doesn't that count for something? It does. But realistically, that left hand represents Hendricks' only chance to win the fight. He'll never outpoint the champion, because St-Pierre is an absolute master at stifling his opponents, both on the feet and on the ground. He might be able to put St-Pierre on his back once or twice, but he's not going to keep him there.
On the feet, St-Pierre is far too smart to play into Hendricks' strengths. It also goes without saying that St-Pierre's takedown accuracy and ground control numbers are off the charts. I'd love to be able to predict an upset. I was wavering on my pick for this fight right up to the moment I started writing this preview.
But once I step back and take a look at the bigger picture, I begin to realize that St-Pierre is a special fighter. He's not the most exciting champion to watch, but he is a once-in-a-lifetime talent with incredible skills and the athletic pedigree to use those skills to his advantage in the cage. If you agree with me, there's good news; St-Pierre is currently sitting at , which is his lowest number in a long time.
Despite all the preaching I do about looking for inefficiencies in gambling odds—and I still believe that is the best way to make safe investments when gambling on fights—I'm willing to make an exemption here. Getting St-Pierre at anything up to has value, and that's the play I'm recommending today.
If you're looking for something a little juicier, I'd recommend taking a look at the prop bets available for this one. If you're going to make a play on St-Pierre, I'd recommend doing so sooner than later. St-Pierre always has a ton of late money coming in, and I suspect this number will be much different come Saturday night.
Some may consider UFC 's main event to be a foregone conclusion. If that's the case, there's a good chance you're anticipating this battle between two friends and UFC Tonight hosts more than anything else on the card. Chael Sonnen's days as a top competitor seemed over after he lost to Jon Jones in April.
Rumors swirled that Sonnen would be retiring and focusing his efforts on his various duties at Fox Sports. In the end, Sonnen decided to stick around, and it's a good thing he did; his submission win over Mauricio Rua in August completely revitalized his career, at least for the time being. And now Sonnen steps into the cage with Rashad Evans, who hasn't had the best stretch of his career over the past two years.
Evans has fought three times in that time period, losing to Jon Jones and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira before squeaking out a split decision win over Dan Henderson. Many questioned if Evans had the motivation to stick around and compete with the best his division has to offer; that's a question we still don't have the answer to.
From a stylistic perspective, this is an engrossing fight. We know what Sonnen is going to do, because he does the same thing in every fight; he'll run across the cage and immediately try to put Evans on his back. Once he does so, Sonnen switches to a grinding, smothering style that leaves even the most in-shape opponents exhausted. And if there's one thing we know about Sonnen, it's that he will continually push through his opponent's offensive attack in order to put himself in the best position for a takedown.
Evans hits hard at times, but Sonnen has a durable chin; a knockout win for the former light heavyweight champion is not likely. That leads me to favor Sonnen in this fight, largely because I think he'll be successful at taking Evans to the canvas and keeping him there.
It likely won't be exciting, but Sonnen will get the job done. This one feels like Joe Silva took a long, hard look at Rory MacDonald's last few fights and said "okay, so you want to be the next Georges St-Pierre and be all tactical and whatnot?
Here, have some Robbie Lawler. The conversation probably didn't go like that, but you have to assume that's what Silva is thinking. To say MacDonald has not been lighting the world on fire might be an understatement, though I totally dig that he's mowed through five tough fighters without really breaking a sweat.
And that's why I think the UFC's best intentions here are going to backfire, and backfire badly. This should be a good fight, with Borg being a former title contender at flyweight, while Bontorin has only lost once in 17 career fights. Both men are talented grapplers who are proven finishers by submission.
This has all the makings of an action-packed fight to kick off the main card between two entertaining strikers. Medeiros likely wields the bigger power of the two and has a 4. Tim Means vs. Daniel Rodriguez John Dodson vs. Nathaniel Wood Jim Miller vs. Scott Holtzman Devin Clark vs. Dequan Townsend Rogerio Bontorin vs.
Ray Borg Casey Kenney vs. Merab Dvalishvili Macy Chiasson vs.
Both men are talented grapplers who are proven finishers by submission. This has all the makings of an action-packed fight to kick off the main card between two entertaining strikers. Medeiros likely wields the bigger power of the two and has a 4. Tim Means vs. Daniel Rodriguez John Dodson vs. Nathaniel Wood Jim Miller vs. Scott Holtzman Devin Clark vs. Dequan Townsend Rogerio Bontorin vs.
Ray Borg Casey Kenney vs. Merab Dvalishvili Macy Chiasson vs. Raulian Paiva. Jose Aldo, the former champ, comes into this fight having lost three-straight, which sounds crazy to say. I do think he beat Marlon Moraes but MMA judges disagree, but those three fights are against top talents in the sport. These guys have quite the history. Tensions have been brewing over the last year and are fireworks are sure to fly on Saturday night from the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
Korean Zombie Betting Preview. We laughed. We questioned. We wondered. Poirier has opened as the favorite in the main event. Other notable bouts on the card include Mike Perry vs. Thirty-eight-year-old Clay Guida is stepping into the octagon for the 55th time in his career. Thirty-seven-year-old Roxanne Modafferi is attempting to win back-to-back fights for the first time in three years.
At Caesars , the champion Nunes has opened as the favorite to defend her title.
Which round? What about the other dozen fights on what is truly a stacked MMA betting card? This may be high for the decision, considering the power of Hendricks and the submission skills of GSP. But the champ has not finished an opponent since B. Penn's corner stopped a title fight almost five years ago.
He has won six straight decisions in defending his belt. Think it could be a draw? Check out UFC props on every fight below and check out 5Dimes for the current odds. Need more winning picks? Scott Hastings Fri, Jan 29, am.
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Anderson has been a rising start although he has already suffered four defeats, so he definitely knows what it is to lose in the octagon. Jan Blachowicz 2 pic. On the flipside, Blachowicz is closer to retirement at He is also in his career so far and fresh out of a technical victory against Jacare Souza back in November, The odds curiously seem to back the younger fighter.
Now, he is the prime favorite to win versus Blachowicz, a prediction by the bookies that openly invites some value betting opportunities. Look at both fighters, they are in fact fairly evenly matched, and bar their age, there is nothing else to suggest that anyone presently has an advantage.
Before we dive deep into the past fight between the two, we would like to invite you and examine both fighters on their own merits. As things stand, Anderson is coming hot with a four-streak wins and more importantly — disposing of Walker at UFC , which won him praises from the audience and observers. In other words, Blachowicz has to prepare for a tough opponent. Anderson is similarly gifted both as a wrestler and fighter with range meaning little to nothing to him. One small weakness in his style though is that he has been taken by TKO three times and that is definitely an area he can work to improve on.
Blachowicz suffered his most recent defeat recently, but he has bounced back with two straight victories versus Ronaldo Souza in particular, making up for his sudden loss to Thiago Santos.