Lawler vs. Dos Anjos Preview
December 15, 2017
UFC on FOX 26: Lawler vs. Dos Anjos Preview
Can dos Anjos Survive Lawler’s Heavy Hands?
UFC on FOX 26 comes to you live on Saturday, December 16th featuring an awesome main event between two former champions. Emanating from the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada, this board will go offline at around 4:00 p.m. ET so get your bets in as early as possible. Now would be a good time.
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Welterweight #1 Contender Fight
Robbie Lawler +100 over Rafael dos Anjos -120
The winner of this bout will get a championship matchup against Tyron Woodley, who battered Lawler to win the strap to begin with. Since then, Lawler has outlasted Donald Cerrone to get back in the win column.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Lawler to begin with, but goddamn did he force me to appreciate his grit and tenacity. He’s just such a likeable fighter. However, he’s lacked a true ground defence that makes him seemingly vulnerable to the grappling of dos Anjos in the eyes of the oddsmakers. That’s probably why the former lightweight champ is favored.
I’m just not convinced that dos Anjos is a real threat at this weight class. He beat Neil Magny (who cares?) and Tarec Safffiedine (seriously, who cares?) to boost his marketability, but I haven’t been overly impressed by his transition to the welterweight division.
Lawler is not far removed from ruling this division with an iron fist. He is far from a perfect fighter, but if dos Anjos is asking for a beatdown by taking on one of the division’s heavy handed strikers. Lawler creates the rematch with a knockout here. I think dos Anjos is done, and it pains me to say that.
Ricardo Lamas -240 over Josh Emmett +205
There’s no real reason to touch Emmett here. Since migrating to the UFC, he has struggled mightily and earned just three unanimous decision victories, while losing a split. He was shipped in to the big leagues because of the closing power he showed at West Coast Fighting Championship and in other organizations, but that skillset hasn’t made its way to the UFC along with him. Ricardo Lamas is the type of veteran that makes short work of would-be workers. The odds are this big for a reason.
Mike Perry +150 over Santiago Panzinibbio -175
This has every chance to steal Performance of the Night honors. Argentinian Panzinibbio is ripping on a five fight win streak that’s included three knockouts, while Perry has gone 4-1 SU in the octagon with four knockouts and one decision loss. Perry has put Alex Reyes and Jake Ellenberger in a phone booth of pain in his last two outings, so I can’t figure out why he’s touting such long odds here. I’ll take them happily and get my popcorn ready.
Glover Teixeira +130 over Misha Cirkunov -150
Frankly, I’m not sold on Cirkunov. The way that Oezdemir dropped him in May is still very fresh in my memory. Glover seems ancient at 38 years old, but he’s come off some realy strong performances even in losses. His win over Jared Cannonier echoed flashes of his former self, while his 5-round thriller with Gustafsson was a showcase of his talents, even though he ran out of steam eventually. He won’t have to go that distance with Cirkunov, who has had flaws in his defence that make Glover a reasonable underdog play here.
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