UFC Fight Night 119 Odds – Quick Picks and Betting Tips

0
463

Lyoto Machida is back from an 18-month suspension for banned substances, but what does he have to offer the sport at 39 years old? We’ll find out this Saturday, when he headlines UFC Fight Night 119 opposite No. 7 middleweight Derek Brunson in an important divisional clash.

Advertisement

The welterweight co-main event between Demian Maia and Colby Covington carries heavy title implications, as Maia is one fight removed from a failed title challenge. It’s also an awesome style matchup between legendary BJJ artist and a red-hot wrestler.

Also on the card: a bantamweight tilt between fringe top-10 fighters Rob Font and Pedro Munhoz, a lightweight scrap between lightweight veterans Francisco Trinaldo and Jim Miller. Rounding out the main card are middleweight slugger Thiago Santos and bantamweight body shot extraordinaire John Lineker.

Let’s take a look at the UFC odds at BookMaker.eu and break down your best betting options.


Lyoto Machida +135 vs. Derek Brunson -165

Over/under 2.5 rounds, over +135, under -155

Will Brunson Brawl?

We’ve seen a few iterations of Brunson: the early version was a rugged wrestler with hellacious GNP. Then he morphed into a brawl-or-nothing guy and racked up KOs. More recently, we’ve seen a patient counterstriker. If Jackson-Wink could somehow merge all three of these versions together, Brunson would likely be a top-5 guy.

Machida is too good to charge forward against, but Yoel Romero, Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold proved that he can be taken down and pounded out. Brunson’s got that skillset in him, and he’s the type of explosive, powerful athlete that the 39-year old Brazilian struggles against. If he fights smart, this is his fight to lose.

Betting Tips

We lean Brunson in this matchup, though I wouldn’t lay down too much on his price. There’s a big chance that Machida’s movement frustrates him to the point of haymaker mode, in which case “The Dragon” will pick him apart.

Our Pick: Small bet on Brunson to win at -165


Demian Maia +140 vs. Colby Covington -180

Over/under 2.5 rounds, over -230, under +180

Smother May I? No You May Not.

I wouldn’t blame you if you think Maia does his usual impersonation of a backpack and glue himself to Covington’s torso for the better part of three rounds. But Covington’s mix of elite wrestling, frantic pace and bottomless cardio makes him a tough dude to get down. Plus, Maia is 39 and facing a guy 10 years younger. As Jorge Masvidal and Tyron Woodley proved, if Maia has to stand, he’s outta luck.

Betting Tips

We love the fact that Covington is an underdog right now. As much as we love Maia, this is a bad matchup for him.

Our Pick: Covington to win at -180


Pedro Munhoz +145 vs. Rob Font -185

Over/under 2.5 rounds, over -145, under +125

Font and Center

At 30 years old, Font looks like he’s turning the corner as a fighter. His kickboxing is fully developed, unearthing potent KO power over the past two years, and he’s always been a savvy submission wrestler to boot. However, if he doesn’t improve on his tepid 20% takedown defense, he could get rolled up by Munhoz, who is a very good grappler. Font needs to keep this on the feet where he has the biggest advantage.

Betting Tips

It’s tough to pick a winner in this matchup – they’re similarly ranked for a reason. Instead play the rounds over here, as both men have never been finished.

Our Pick: Over 2.5 rounds at -145


Francisco Trinaldo -190 vs. Jim Miller +150

Over/under 2.5 rounds, over -220, under +180

Veterans Affairs

With over 20 years of pro fighting experience combined, Trinaldo and Miller should feature plenty of high-level exchanges. Each fighter has distinct edges in different skills, with Trinaldo’s powerhouse kickboxing giving him a striking advantage, while Miller’s grappling is superior to the Brazilian’s. And when it comes to experience, Miller has fought a much better level of competition, but Trinaldo has been the hotter fighter recently.

Betting Tips

Another difficult fight to pick a winner here, but we like the price on Trinaldo. Miller will struggle to get the athletic Brazilian to the ground, and will take a ton of damage trying to do so.

Our pick: Trinaldo to win at -190


Thiago Santos -135 vs. Jack Hermansson +105

Over/under 1.5 rounds, over +100, under -120

Let’s Play Tag

These two guys are gonna touch each other up. Santos’ standup isn’t pretty, but the man hits hard: 10 KOs in 15 career victories is no joke. While not flashy, the Brazilian certainly can be explosive, evidenced by his spinning wheel kick KO of Jack Marshman. Hermansson hits heavy too, but he relies much more on speed, defense and volume.

Betting Tips

A long, rangy fighter, Hermansson should be able to outmaneuver and outstrike Santos. Lay the price on the Swede.

Our pick: Hermansson to win at +105


John Lineker -450 vs. Marlon Vera +325

Over/under rounds: coming soon

At 24, Ecuadorian Marlon Vera made a few big jumps up the bantamweight ladder, TKOing the veteran Brad Pickett and subbing the underrated Brian Kelleher in his past two fights. But going from those guys to a killer like John Lineker is asking a bit much. Just sit back and enjoy watching a slugger like Lineker land thudding body shots all day.

Betting Tips

There’s a chance that the young Vera keeps rapidly improving, but Lineker has been beating guys like John Dodson, Michael McDonald and Rob Font. He’s an easy pick.

Our pick: Parlay Lineker to win at -450

LEAVE A REPLY