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With one of the most stacked fight cards approaching us this weekend, the anticipation is circulating throughout. UFC 160 will feature several exciting match ups, lots of heavy hitters, and several underdogs that make themselves very profitable bets. Let’s get cracking into some smart bets to make, but first, the betting odds for the whole card:

From fantasy MMA betting website MMAPlayground.com

Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva +620
Cain Velasquez -660

Mark Hunt +245
Junior Dos Santos -260

KJ Noons +400
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone -600

TJ Grant +280
Gray Maynard -315

Abel “Killa” Trujillo +580
Khabib Nurmagomedov -620

Estevan “El Terrible” Payan +580
Jeremy Stephens -640

Robert Whitaker +115
Colton Smith -125

James Te Huna +400
Glover Texeira -440

George Roop +390
Brian Bowles -440

Max Holloway +250
Dennis “The Menace” Bermudez -265

Nah-Shon “The Rock-N-Rolla” Burrell +260
Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson -275

Rick Story -100
Mike “Quicksand” Pyle -125

Smart Bets:

Nah-Shon Burrell over Stephen Thompson at +260

For a prelim bout, this fight has the makings to be an absolute barn-burner. Both of these guys possess very high level striking, and will most likely want to turn this into a 15 minute striking battle unless someone gets KO’d. When comparing Burrell to Thompson, I don’t see Burrell’s stand up being at a huge disadvantage. On paper, Thompson has the higher credentials and has been more proven, but Burrell is a very dangerous guy on his feet and has the skills to give anybody a run for his money. Not to mention, both of these fighters are very inexperienced in the Octagon, so that makes any margin in odds something to take advantage of.

Max Holloway over Dennis Bermudez at +250

The odds for this featherweight bout highly surprises me. Max Holloway, currently on a 3 fight winning streak, is a medium sized underdog against the TUF finalist, Dennis Bermudez, who won his last bout by a close split decision. I think both of these guys have what it takes to make it to the top echelon at 145 lbs, but on paper, Holloway has ever chance to beat Dennis. Stylistically, Bermudez matches up well against Holloway; being an aggressive wrestler with powerful punches, but Holloway has the edge in the stand up and, if he avoids takedowns, should be able to smash Bermudez’s hype coming out of his last bout with Matt Grice.

Robert Whittaker over Colton Smith at +115

I’m not taking Whittaker over Smith because of my hatred for Colton, something I’m sure all of us have, but its because of one thing; his one-punch KO power. Whittaker put this power on display several times during his season of TUF: The Smashes, and only needs one chance to show it again in this fight against Colton Smith. When I look at this fight, I look at what Whittaker needs to do to prepare for Smith, and that’s takedown defense. On the other hand, Smith needs to worry about a lot more. That makes me favor Robert Whittaker even though he’s at +115.

TJ Grant over Gray Maynard at +280

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This perhaps wins the card as being the best pick of the night. Grant has been on fire ever since dropping to lightweight where he has gone 4-0, including a decision over Evan Dunham, and a KO over Matt Wiman. Grant has the momentum coming into this fight, and has been looking better and better every time he fights. Add that to the fact that Maynard is now perhaps on the down-slope of his career, and you have a perfect set up for an upset.

Mark Hunt over Junior dos Santos at +245

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On paper, and stylistically, this may not be the greatest pick on the card, but it’s a fan-favorite pick. Everybody loves Mark Hunt. If you didn’t love him before he came to the UFC, you probably do now. His boxing is some of the best in the heavyweight division, and his power is perhaps THE best in MMA. Hunt has had a non-stop force of momentum coming into every fight, and it has snowballed coming into this fight. JDS is a tough fighter, arguably #2 in the division, but Hunt has the power to KO anybody; that makes him a legitimate pick.

Thanks for reading my first coverage piece of UFC 160, stay tuned for more!
-Hodgi