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Picking Winners at UFC on FOX 26 Main Card
Eric Roberts 2017-12-12 in MMA Tips
The UFC on FOX 26 main card is sneaky good. By that, I mean that it has three incredibly entertaining bouts that are all flying under the radar.
Let’s look ahead to the upcoming weekend of MMA action and place our bets accordingly.
Ricardo Lamas vs. Josh Emmett
Is Ricardo Lamas a top-tier featherweight? No, he’s not. But he is certainly just underneath the likes of Holloway, Edgar, Aldo and now probably Ortega. He might be on par with many others, but he is certainly a dangerous competitor in one of the UFC’s most fascinating divisions.
Across from him is Josh Emmett, a fighter who has scored a huge opportunity to prove himself here in this co-main event. When Jose Aldo was removed from UFC on FOX 26 to replace Edgar in a main event showdown with Holloway, Emmett raised his hand. Now, he finds himself in here with Lamas who is a massive step up in competition for the Team Alpha Male fighter.
First of all, you might be wondering why the likes of Ricardo Lamas is fighting Josh Emmett. If you are thinking along those lines, you might also believe that Lamas is going to completely overwhelm Emmett. But not so fast…
Standing across from him is another man with soul-crushing power, Mike Perry. Perry not only hits devastatingly hard, but he straight-up brawls with anyone who dares to trade with him. He welcomes a slugfest and there is no hiding that fact. In his most recent contest, Perry stormed forward and cut the operating space of Alex Reyes before punishing him with strikes to finish the fight in just 79 seconds.
This fight is extremely hard to predict simply because of the stopping power of each of these fighters.
Ponzinibbio crushed Nelson with a series of punches that ended his night. Perry, like Ponzinibbio, can end a night quickly as well. But Perry and Ponzinibbio have contrasting styles, despite their similarities in power.
Perry is a big-time brawler. He walks forward and wants to engage in a straight-up slugfest with an opponent, ideally removing all technical striking aspects to the game. Not to say that Perry isn’t accurate, fast, or powerful, but he succeeds in close combat when it all becomes chaos.
His opponent in Santiago Ponzinibbio is similarly dominant when inside boxing range. However, he doesn’t enjoy the chaos as much as Perry. Instead, Ponzinibbio wants to be the one to strategically step inside the range of his opponent before landing powerful counter shots.
The question remains as to whether Ponzinibbio can hang with the brawling style of Perry?
Prediction and Betting Guide
To answer that question, I don’t think so. Alan Jouban was able to neutralize Perry by keeping him away with long-range weapons. Ponzinibbio, who enjoys fighting at close range, might need to put himself in danger in order to land cleanly.
That’s a risk with Mike Perry.
Prediction: Mike Perry by KO/TKO – Round 2
You can find the best odds for a Mike Perry victory at BetOnline
Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov
Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov is a story of redemption.
Both fighters enter the cage at UFC on FOX 26 after suffering heartbreaking defeat. For Teixeira, he was ripped apart by an efficient Alexander Gustafsson before being stopped in the final round. It was the type of beating that made us all realize Teixeira can’t hang in there with the younger athletes any longer.
After that quick loss to Oezdemier, the UFC are feeding Cirkunov back to the wolves of the division. This time, however, Cirkunov may just have a brilliant chance of getting the win against Teixeira.
Firstly, Teixeira is aging and that’s no surprise. Against Gustafsson, he looked slow and tired in comparison to the athleticism of the Swede. Of course, Gustafsson is many levels above Cirkunov, but it represents the same challenge Teixeira will face in this contest – age.
For Cirkunov, he was knocked out viciously by what looked like a slight breeze. Oezdemir connected in the perfect spot and dropped Cirkunov to the ground instantly. It raises some concerns as to how Cirkunov plans to take the best shots of Glover Teixeira.
Prediction and Betting Guide
Both of these fighters are on different overall trajectories, but Teixeira has only lost to the truly elite in the division. Will he lose to Cirkunov? Maybe. But, as an underdog, Teixeira makes for an excellent bet here against Misha Cirkunov.
Prediction: Glover Teixeira by KO/TKO – Round 1
You can find the best odds for Glover Teixeira victory at BetOnline
Ricardo Lamas vs. Josh Emmett Ricardo Lamas to win
Saturday, December 16 – 9:00 pm (ET) / 2:00am (GMT)
Odds: 21/501.42-2400.42-2.400.42 –BetOnline
Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry Mike Perry to win
Saturday, December 16 – 8:30 pm (ET) / 1:30am (GMT)
Odds: 81/502.62+1621.621.62-0.62 – BetOnline
Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov Misha Cirkunov to win
Saturday, December 16 – 8:00 pm (ET) / 1:00am (GMT)
Odds: 61/502.22+1221.221.22-0.82 – BetOnline
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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