Fights to Watch and Where to Bet for UFC Vancouver
UFC 202 did not disappoint like the much-hyped UFC 200. It made history as the biggest pay per view MMA event of all time and almost all the fights lived up to their expectations. Now that the dust is settling from the McGregor show, it is time to move on. The UFC`s next event is in Vancouver and is headlined by Demian Maia and Carlos Condit. The winner of the fight will get a shot at the title so everything will be on the line.
Unlike UFC 201, the rest of the fight card is full of great fights which are sure to please the Canadian fans. Below we take a look at the two headline fights on the card:
Headline Fight – Demian Maia vs. Carlos Condit
Maia and Condit both deserve a shot at the belt against newly crowned champ Tyron Woodley, but it is unlikely to happen anytime soon. Woodley is looking for a big money fight and both Maia and Condit will not make the new champ millions. Instead, he wants to fight Nick Diaz or GSP but on paper should be facing Stephen Thompson who is the number one contender. The decision will be down to Dana White and hopefully an announcement will be made in the near future.
Maia has won his last five fights against tough opposition. He beat Niel Mahny, Matt Brown, and Gunner Nelson and looked in full control in each of the fights. Maia is the best fighter on the ground and if he manages to take Condit to the floor, the fight is his to win. What Maia is exceptional is when fighters throw power punches at him, he rolls with them and manages to take his opponent down at the same time. He has fought for the UFC belt once before in his career and will be desperate for another chance as he has improved greatly since losing his title fight last time around.
Maia and Condit have completely different styles with the former loving to stand and trade. It is why fans love him and is a far more exciting fighter to watch than submission expert Maia. He had a brutal bloodbath of a fight against former 170lbs champ Robbie Lawler which was voted as one of the fights of the year. He likes to fight at a fast pace so the fight favors him in the early rounds but if it goes past the second I can only see Maia winning it.
Carlos Condit is 3½ (EV) -120 favorite at the best places to bet on UFC.
Anthony Pettis vs. Charles Oliveira
Pettis will be dropping down in weight class for the first time from lightweight to featherweight, so it will be interesting to see the difference it makes. He is up against Charles Oliveira who like Maia is a submissions expert.
Out of his nine wins in the UFC Oliveira has submitted eight of his opponents. He is not just a ground game fighter though and his stand up game is on par with most in the division. He will be aiming to take Pettis to the ground though as his stand up is his opponent’s main weapon.
Many punters though that by now Pettis would be the champion as he is that good. Fans love him due to his exciting fighting style but recently he has hit a bit of a rough patch. At lightweight, he went on a three-fight losing streak which for most fighters normal spells the end of their career in the UFC. All the fights were against the best in the division though and many were close battles. To get back onto the road to success he has decided to drop down weight and will be hoping that the decision pays on Saturday in Vancouver.