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November 24, 2017
UFC Fight Night 122 – Bisping’s Fighting Again?!
Well that didn’t take long. Just a few weeks after losing his middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre at a blistering UFC 217 main event, Michael Bisping is stepping back in to the octagon to take on one of the division’s best up and comers. This is a fun, albeit relatively tame card, by comparison but there’s still money to be made on your end.
UFC Fight Night 122 betting goes down on Saturday, November 25th out of Shangahi, China.
That means that fight odds are coming off the board at 3:45am ET. Get your bets in before you go to bed (or head out for the night).
Michael Bisping +240 over Kelvin Gastelum -280
The odds here are relatively unfair because Bisping is on such a short turnaround, but people might forget how he won the belt to begin with. Bisping dismantled Luke Rockhold on just 17 days notice to win the belt, and if there’s anyone that can protect himself while standing on his feet, it’s The Count himself.
Gastelum is a great, albeit frustrating, prospect. He’s currently ranked #9 on the UFC Rankings for the middleweight division and is coming off a brutal loss to Chris Weidman after being disqualified against Vitor Belfort for testing positive with marijuana. The twenty-six year old has all the potential in the world, but simply hasn’t capitalized on it and there isn’t a point of difference in his arsenal that really carves at a place for him amongst the elite.
As a well rounded fighter, Gastelum has a range of attacks that he can use but he’s not significantly better at any one particular skill than his rivals. He can’t out strike the voluminous Bisping, and his takedowns aren’t at the point where he can shatter his defence. The odds here reflect Gasetlum’s potential and Bisping’s overall schedule, but all that’s doing is creating some scintillating value in the main event.
I’m not shy about my absolute support of Bisping as a fighter, and as a +240 dog in Shanghai, I can loft a flier and hope for the best. Bisping is always at his best when people don’t believe in him…unless he’s fighting one of the best of all time. So he should be fine here.
Li Jingliang -180 over Zak Ottow +155
This is going to be a surreal fight for the native Jingliang, who hasn’t fought in China since 2013. He put on an absolute show against Frank Camacho in June and is poised to start moving up. As for Ottow, he’s sort of the guy that the UFC brings in to round out international fight cards with filler. He’s notched a 1-2 SU record in his last three fights, which have all been spit decisions. This is a simple case of betting on the home favorite.
Wang Guan +122 over Alex Caceres -142
Caceres destroyed Rolando Gabriel Dy at UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore and now gets the hard hitting Muay Thai specialist Wang Guan. Caceres has been a tough prospect to track overall, especially after a goofy run on The Ultimate Fighter. He’s gone just 3-4 SU in his last 7 fights, and the one thing that’s haunted him is his lack of power.
The beat on Guan is that he smashes like a truck, and that’s going to be a problem for Caceres unless he’s able to dance his way out of trouble. Caceres is up against the ropes in proving that he belongs in the UFC, and that could leave him open to a vulnerable mistakes. Guan is a dark horse in this matchup, but he’s worth taking considering that the contrast in styles leads towards the dog.
Muslim Salikhov -225 over Alex Garcia +190
Salikhov makes his UFC debut after ripping off a 12-1 record that hasn’t had a dent in it over the last five years. He was last out decimating Melvin Guillard at Kunlun Fight Night MMA 12. The Russian born welterweight has made his fighting home in China over the last few years, and he will make his debut in the UFC one to remember by crushing the hopes and dreams of Alex Garcia.
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