28 August 2013

MMA: UFC Has a Big Week

By StB
Milwaukee, WI

The UFC is looking to end the dog days of summer on a high note. They come to us with two cards in 4 nights. Both of them have some good fights.

Let's focus on Fight Night coming live from Indianapolis on Fox Sports 1. Carlos Condit seeks to avenge a split decision loss from Martin Kampmann. Both of these fighters are pretty darn good. Condit is currently ranked as the #2 Welterweight in the world. Kampmann comes in at #6.

Condit does not look like much but that is deceiving. He is coming off losses  George St. Pierre and Johnny Hendricks, two guys who will face off for the championship Condit previously held. My knock on him is that he can be boring. He can finish people but doesn't tend to get the job done. Too many decisions for my taste.

Kampmann is also coming off a loss to Hendricks and is susceptible to a quick punch. When he gets knocked down, he isn't coming back up. Kampmann took this fight back in 2009, when both of them looked like little boys.

I think Condit will have enough to put him away. Condit comes in as a decent favorite at -250.

Fan favorite Donald Cerrone steps into the Octagon to face Rafael dos Anjos. Cerrone has had some good battles in the past against champ Benson Henderson and Jamie Varner, taking home several Fight of the Night bonuses. Though he tends to be a slow starter, Cerrone gets stronger as the fight goes on.

Dos Anjos has basically flown under the radar. He has a 4 fight winning streak going on but seems to falter against the best competition. I think Dos Anjos has a good shot at this. He is a dog going off at +135. Not enough to make me want to take the action though.

Other interesting fights on the card include recent TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum taking on Brian Melancon. No clue who Melancon is. It will be interesting to see if Gastelum can continue on the short tear he was on during the show. He is the favorite at -230.

Speaking of TUF, alumni Court McGhee returns as does Bubba McDaniel. McDaniel might be a good longshot at +375. He'll either knock out Brad Tavares or get beat pretty soundly. That means the fight will be exciting.

This weekend we get a rematch that fans have been waiting for at UFC 164. Benson Henderson defending his title against the man that put a stain on his soul, Anthony Pettis. More on that in a couple of days.

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