UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
Location: Saitama, Japan
Venue: Saitama Super Arena
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, FX, Sportsnet, and Facebook.com
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
- Champ Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson (for lightweight title)
- Ryan Bader vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
- Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt
- Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields
- Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami
- Hatsu Hioki and Bart Palaszewski
- Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX)
- Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
- Vaughan Lee vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto
- Steve Cantwell vs. Riki Fukuda
- Chris Cariaso vs. Takeya Mizugaki
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
- Issei Tamura vs. Tiequan Zhang
Sounds like many of you were successful betting on UFC on Fuel TV 1, lets hope that translates into ever bigger success betting on UFC 144, live from the world famous Saitama Super Arena in Japan. Featuring a huge pay-per-view lineup of 7 fights, this epic fight night will be one to remember. Even though the fight is in Japan, this event will still air at the usual 7pm pst / 10pm est.
Frankie Edgar vs Benson Henderson will be a very close match, and definitely worth a 5 round prop bet as it will go the distance. As far as the outcome, this can go either way as both are extremely well rounded, and may cancel each other out in many areas. With a fight this close I will often go with the underdog which is Benson in this case, as you gain that small edge.
Quinton Rampage Jackson finally returns to his second home where he made a huge name for himself. Though there is a possibility of an upset here, it is hard to bet against somebody who has fought so well in Japan and will be fired up to perform at his best. Bader is somewhat inconsistent, sometimes he looks like a contender, other times he loses quite handily.
Cheick Kongo versus Mark Hunt should be the quickest fight of the night. Mark Hunt will come in strong, Kongo will counter with something hard, and down goes Hunt.
Jake Shields will be looking for redemption after losing his last 2 fights in the UFC. Akiyama has been all hype and not much substance with the UFC, but with a return to Japan will that all change? Probably not as long as Shields returns to his strength and stop trying to strike with his opponents.
Yushin Okami needs a quick win to get his confidence back up after a disassterous outing against Anderson Silva. Tim Boetsch is a hard hitting with bjj fighter, but can’t seem to bring it together against tougher competition. Probably won’t change here as Okami is too good against weaker competition.
Hioki against Palaszewski has fight of the night written all of it as both fighters will not be afraid of trying to finish the other. Hioki is a fighter who should be challenging for the title in 2012 and a win over a striker such is Palaszewski is what he needs to solidify that. Look for a battle here, but a mistake from Bart is all that it will take for Hatsu to sink in some kind of submission.
Joe Lauzon might be the hardest fighter in mma to bet on as he is inconsistent as they come. He can beat anybody at anytime, but can also lose to anybody. Pettis barely won his last fight, lost the fight before, and hasn’t lived up to his showtime status that he earned from the now #1 contender in Benson Henderson that he defeated. Pettis should rebound here and win with flair, but don’t necessarily count out Joe.
Preliminary Card Picks
Takanori Gomi over Eiji Mitsuoka
Takeya Mizugaki over Chris Cariaso
Norifumi Kid Yamamoto over Vaughan Lee
Riki Fukuda over Steve Cantwell
Tiequan Zhang over Issei Tamura
UFC 144 Fight Odds
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