SMUGGLING DUDS UFC 293 GAMBLING GUIDE
The UFC takes another trip to a land down under with a main event we didn’t know we needed!
Main Card (BT Sport)
Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Sean Strickland (Middleweight)
When this match up was announced, fans had two reactions – first one being was ‘Why?’ The second was that the press conference could be very entertaining. Last time Adesanya main evented in Australia he produced a finish, we believe history is going to repeat himself (besides can you imagine Uncle Dana’s face if Strickland gets the upset?). Strickland will give it a go, but the outspoken American is tailor made for the champ. Style Bender to toy with his opponent before going in for the finish in round 3 or 4. As always check out Smuggling Duds Wild Card Bet!
Tai Tuivasa vs. Alexander Volkov (Heavyweight)
With the crowd behind him and the energy he will bring to a local card, it is difficult to not pick Tuivasa. Volkov however, is one of the most underestimated athletes in the heavyweight division. His poor English, boring personality, and style of fighting often makes him overlooked. The reality is he has taken out a few big names and is on a decent winning streak. As much as it pains us, we are going for the upset.
Justin Tafa vs. Austin Lane (Heavyweight)
An eye poke in their first bout a few months ago means this one gets rolled out again. Former NFL star lane has walked through most of his opponents but this one is the real test. If he takes out Tafa, Lane can expect a lot of respect to come his way. Justin Tafa looks like he is ready to go and will look to match his brother’s performance last month.
Manel Kape vs. Felipe dos Santos (Flyweight)
The young undefeated Brazilian could really make his mark if he can beat Manel Kape on his UFC debut. Unfortunately he’s way out of his depth hear against ‘Starboy’
Tyson Pedro vs. Anton Turkalj (Light Heavyweight)
After a below par performance at UFC 284 against Modestas Bukauskas, Ozzie favourite Tyson Pedro will be doing all he can to get back to winning ways. Whilst his opponent isn’t rubbish, Pedro should send the man with one of the worst nicknames in MMA packing.
Carlos Ulberg vs. Da Woon Jung (Light Heavyweight)
Another fighter who will not only send the home fans wild, but he will do it by walking through his opponent. A huge upset if Jong can get a win here.
Preliminary Card (BT Sport)
Jack Jenkins vs. Jose Mariscal (Featherweight)
We might leave this one of the accumulators but if we had to pick (which we do) it’ll be a hard-fought decision for the rugged Ozzie.
Jake Mullarkey vs. John Makdessi (Lightweight)
He might not of won a title, but John Makdessi has had a fun old ride during his time in the world’s biggest MMA organisation. At 38 years of age and approaching his 27th pro bout, father time is beginning to creep in. We might throw some money on the Canadian, but the likely outcome will be a Mullarkey UD.
Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Nasrat Haqparast vs. Landon Quinones (Middleweight)
Hard to believe Haqparast is only 28, but he’s the older more experienced one here against 26-year-old Titan FC star Quinones. The ‘Lone Wolf’ can make a real statement in his debut if he can take out a seasoned veteran in Haqparast. Probably a decision, but we’ll stick out neck outs and say late stoppage.
Mike Mathetha vs. Charlie Radtke (Welterweight)
As a member of the City Kickboxing team, ‘Blood Diamond’ came into the UFC with some major hype, with teammate Israel Adesanya referring to him as one of the best in the gym. This hasn’t been reproduced inside the Octagon, and if Radtke can take him down, this will end up being the third loss in a row for Mathetha.
Shane Young vs. Gabriel Miranda (Women’s Featherweight)
In this match up we have a fighter in Shane Young who must win to stay in the UFC, and a fighter in Gabriel Miranda, who was flying up the ranks until hot prospect Benoit St. Denis smashed him. He must throw everything at the Brazilian and really make a go for it, but we worry that he won’t. Perhaps leave off the acca but we will say ‘Fly’ by submission.
Kevin Jousset vs. Kiefer Crosbie (Welterweight)
SBG Ireland prospect Crosbie makes his UFC debut against local fighter Jousset, in what should be a great scrap to open the card, that really could go either way.
UFC 292 WILDCARD BET: Sean Strickland Def Israel Adesanya via KO/TKO