There are updated bookings for the UFC 150 fight card, hosted in Dener, Colorado as well as aftermath details of the Rich Franklin victory down in Brazil at UFC 147.
Updated Bookings for UFC 150
Justin Lawrence vs. Max Holloway was recently booked for UFC 150 in Denver, Colorado.
As two of the youngest prospects currently residing in the UFC’s Featherweight division
, the winner of this match-up will have clearly established themselves as a top ten threat in their weightclass.
At the moment, Holloway is a bit more proven at this level, as he’s clearly taken on the tougher
competition during his early tenure with the UFC. So far he’s 1-1 with his latest victory coming on the TUF 15 finale, where he proved to offer some of the best betting value on the entire card at -130 against Pat Schilling.
Justin’s advantages in this match-up lye in his physical strength, and more advance repertoire of rangier kicks. Despite disappointing as a tournament favorite on the latest TUF series, he recently managed to pull off his first official UFC victory at the finale against John Cofer.
The passiveness Holloway displayed in his last fight is bit concerning. However, Justin appears to not only have the inferior gas tank, but also the more penetrable striking defense, which I expect to potentially be the difference in what should be a competitive fight.
Meanwhile, the latest line to be released for UFC was Jake Shields at around -200 over Ed Herman
There’s been steady two way action since the release of the line. We witnessed it sink all the way down to -140 before being driven back up to close where it opened
Shields has failed to impress in all 3 of his fights since being brought over from Strikeforce. On paper, he should be able to grind out a 3 round decision, but against an opponent with Ed Herman’s particular skill-set, it’s simply not a wager worth making at current odds.UFC 147 Betting Recap: Rich Franklin Prevails In Brazil
For those who follow me on twitter (@BrianMMA11) https://twitter.com/#!/BrianMMA11, we went 4-0 at UFC 147 and 3-1 for the UFC on FX 4 event, which brings our documented record over the last 4 events to 16-2.
In the headliner of the night, we correctly predicted that Rich Franklin’s rangier and more fluid output would be enough to stifle the one dimensional brawling abilities of Wanderlei Silva
Oddly enough, after holding steady at -160 for the entire week leading up to the fight, there was some furious late steam on Wandy which ended up closing the line right around -130.
However, aside from the last minute in the second round, where Rich was badly hurt and nearly finished, the story of the rematch was again Franklin’s jab, straight left and occasional left kick to the body. He was able to utilize all three to effectively stalk Wandy as he easily controlled the center of the cage.
The biggest upset of the night was Hacran Dias upsetting Yuri Alcantara as a +200 underdog.
In this case, the late steam was validated as Hacran fell from +200 to a closing price of +165 in the final hours leading up to the fight.In our write-up, which was released before the betting line was out; we picked Yuri to win the fight
. However, we clearly stated that Hacran had a legitimate shot at implementing a takedown savvy gameplan to secure a decision.
At +200, we had no choice but to take a shot at a line I personally felt shouldn’t have been any higher than +150, which turned out to be the correct play as Dias clearly secured two of the three rounds for a unanimous decision.