UFC Brooklyn Preview, Betting Tips And Enhanced Odds
MMA Viking betting preview, tips and enhanced odds for another big night in the octagon at UFC Brooklyn!
FansBet MMA expert Ryan O’Leary previews the upcoming UFC Brooklyn: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw card. The era of the UFC’s new five year contract with ESPN kicks off with 13 bouts including the big headliner of champ versus champ. Current flyweight champion Henry Cejudo faces UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw that moves down to try and become “champ champ.” Other popular fighters such as cover girl Paige VanZant and the always active Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone are other popular names on the card.
UFC Brooklyn Early Prelim Card
Kyle Stewart (11-1) faces Chance Rencountre (12-3) to kick-off the fight card at the Barclays Center. Stewart steps in on just days notice for his UFC debut after Dwight Grant was not cleared to compete.
Belal Muhammad (14-2-0) will battle the odds favorite Geoff Neal (10-2) in a welterweight bout.
Dennis Bermudez (17-9) and Te Edwards (6-1) top the early prelims. It is hard to believe that “The Menace” has lost four straight bouts after being seen as the future of the featherweight division, including a 2013 win over now champ Max Holloway. Bermudez gets a favorable matchup here against the less experienced Edwards.
UFC Brooklyn Prelim Card
With hard-hitting bantamweight John Lineker (31-8) unfortunately out of his fight against Cory Sandhagen (9-1), newcomer Mario Bautista (6-0) will step in on just days notice. Bautista is undefeated and has stopped all but one of his opponents in his young career. Sandhagen is on a four fight winning streak, with his last two in the Octagon.
Alonzo Menifield (7-0) makes his UFC debut over Vinicius Alves (9-1), and looks to continue his unbeaten streak with all stoppages. Alves has also never seen his way to a final bell, so odds are this fight ends early.
Joanne Calderwood (12-3) is the only European on the card and looks to have new life in her career since moving to Las Vegas, which showed in her first round win last August over Kalindra Faria. “Jojo” faces “The Queen of Violence” Ariane Lipski (11-3) that comes in as a surprising favorite. It is the Brazilian’s UFC debut, but she comes in with an impressive 9 fight winning streak.
#11 ranked Alexander Hernandez (10-1) faces the always popular #13 ranked Donald Cerrone (34-11). “The Great” is the young gun trying to make a name for himself in the prelim main event over the headlining “Cowboy.” Hernandez is the favorite, but Cerrone is always just one technical combination or head-kick away from stopping this one.
UFC Brooklyn Main Card
Glover Teixeira (27-7) V Karl Roberson (7-1)
#12 ranked Teixeira gets a late replacement matchup with Roberson after original opponent Ion Cutelaba was injured. Roberson will move up from middleweight to face the bigger former title challenging light heavyweight. At 39-year-old, the Brazilian is showing all the signs of slowing down, losing his last bout in uninspiring fashion against Corey Anderson. This is a pick em in the odds, and likely comes down to the training and readiness of Roberson to fight on short notice.
Paige VanZant (7-4) V Rachael Ostovich (4-4)
“12 Gauge” comes in as a slight favorite as she takes on Ostovich. Ostovich pulled out of the fight after being injured in an alleged assault by her professional MMA fighter husband, but has since decided to fight. “Let’s put on a fight and show these people how strong we are.” Tweeted VanZant that looks forward to fighting again after a year layoff. The Honolulu based fighter has alternated wins and losses in her last 8 bouts, and if the trend continues, she will be getting a win this Saturday night. VanZant has lost 3 of her last 4 fights and hopes her new camp in Oregon brings her additional technique to go with her excellent cardio and scrappiness.
Joseph Benavidez (25-5) V Dustin Ortiz (19-7)
Benavidez is the #2 ranked and Ortiz is the #8 ranked fighter in what should be a fast-paced flyweight battle. Benavidez is ready to step into the main event if either fighter has issues during fight week, but if everyone stays healthy and makes weight, the Team Alpha Male fighter will have his hands full with Ortiz that is on a three fight winning streak. Ortiz is an underdog here, and with his power and quickness has a chance to upset the former title challenger.
Gregor Gillespie (12-0) V Yancy Medeiros (15-5)
Gillespie is the #15 ranked lightweight and the New Yorker is looking to keep his unbeaten record against the scrappy Hawaiian Yancy Medeiros. “The Gift” has three fight night bonuses including his most recent against Vinc Pichel. Medeiros on the other hand is rebounding from a loss at the hands of Donald Cerrone. Gillespie is a huge favorite, and baring some unforeseen flurry from Medeiros should get the job done.
Greg Hardy (2-0) V Allen Crowder (9-3)
Former NFL star Hardy gets a huge push from the UFC with his debut fight with the promotion as the co-main event status. With charges of domestic violence in his past, the athlete tries to stay under the radar outside the cage. The heavy hitter is a big favorite over “Pretty Boy” that was knocked out in his UFC debut.
Henry Cejudo (13-2) V TJ Dillashaw (17-3) – Flyweight Title Fight
It is a UFC Flyweight Championship bout between current champion Henry Cejudo and current UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw in the headliner.
Cejudo is a 2008 Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling and the American is fighting to keep the division alive as the rumor is if Dillashaw wins the 125-pound division would be desolved forever. Dillashaw will become the fourth fighter behind Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, and Amanda Nunes to become “champ champ” holding two titles in different devisions at the same time.
Dillashaw was a collegiate wrestler but has really found his advantage in the stand-up, using stance switches, angles, and a variety of kicks. He is coming off two TKO stoppages over former teammate Cody Garbrandt.
Cejudo dethroned pound-for-pound best Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227 in August to capture the title. The huge upset ended Johnson’s record-breaking title reign of 11 consecutive title defenses, and lead to his departure out of the UFC. Cejudo showed his growth in using a gameplan and mixing up his wrestling with striking.
TJ is a big favorite, but I like a play on Cejudo based on his development showed in his 5-round victory over Johnson and the unknown of a tough weight cut for Dillashaw.
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