UFC 133 Betting Preview: Main Event & Three Others

Rashard Evans' strong boxing abilities will pose a threat to Ortiz
AUGUST 6th, 2011 @ Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia Tomorrow night, UFC 133 kicks off in Philadelphia, and while all eyes will be on the main event of Evans vs. Ortiz, three other matchups offer quality value and are worth analyzing and evaluating.

Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz

Evans -400; Ortiz +300

11:30 PM EST

Rashad “Sugar” Evans is the favorite in this Pay Per View heavyweight event, and there are a couple reasons why: First off, Evans has the better win percentage; secondly, he has beaten two opponents that Ortiz struggled and lost to (Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell).

Conversely to this runs the fact that Tito Ortiz went the distance against Lyoto Machida while Evans was knocked out by Machida in the second round of the fight.

There is the age old argument of youth vs. experience: Evans is 5 years younger than Ortiz, yet Ortiz has 7 years more experience in MMA fighting. While experience always plays a big role, Evans also has the fact that he has performed better than Ortiz recently working in his favor. Evans is 4-1 over his last 5 fights, and Ortiz is 1-3-1 over his last 5 fights. Both fighters are cock sure of victory, with Ortiz saying “I love paybacks…”

The last matchup ended up being a draw, but it was 4 years ago, so gauging their improvement since that time is difficult, if not impossible. Both fighters have learned a lot since then and will seek to utilize their new found tricks in this matchup. In the last matchup, Ortiz tried to control the fight with a lot of wrestling, an aspect Evans will have to improve upon to avoid losing to the underdog Ortiz.

Ortiz has learned a lot and has always been tricky to pin in matches, not to mention that he is fighting “smarter.” In his last fight, he opted to use a submission hold against Ryan Bader and it marked his third submission win. He’ll seek to get his 4th against Evans, and this matchup is really about as close as it gets. If Ortiz can turn it into a wrestling match, it should work out to his favor, but if it is a standing match, Evans should have the upper hand.

Chad Mendes vs. Rani Yahya

Mendes -800; Yahya +500

9:00 PM EST

The fight was originally supposed to be between Mendes and Jose Aldo, but Aldo is rehabbing some injuries and will not return to the ring until September. Mendes decided to remain active rather than wait a couple months to face the champion Aldo.

It’s easy to see why the American Mendes is favored over Yahya in this one. He is 10-0 in MMA and 1-0 in UFC and started his career in 2008 in the PFC. After he won his first five fights, he signed on with the WEC.

Yahya, a Brazillian born fighter, hasn’t been bad, either, at 16-6 MMA and 1-0 UFC, but will find himself somewhat outmatched by Mendes. Yahya is attempting to win his second straight after winning a promo debut against Mike Brown in January. He has beaten Mark Hominick, Yoshiro Maeda, Eddie Wineland, and John Hosman and is ranked 8th in the UFC Featherweight rankings.

Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Belfort -365; Akiyama +275

10:30 PM EST

Much like the main event, the odds on this one are close as well, and also like the main event, it will be the style of the fight that dictates the winner of this one. Vitor Belfort, a Brazillian, lost his last match to Middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Now, against the Japanese judoka student Akiyama, Belfort will look to utilize his explosiveness against Akiyama, who lacks the power of Belfort but makes up for it with a more diverse fighting style portfolio.

Akiyama is good at shoot takedowns and he has a solid stroke to go along with a great submission attack. His boxing is sound but his endurance needs work, and he doesn’t have the devestating blow that it takes to take the upper hand in standing matches. While his fight game is versatile, he does lack any one strength and forte that he can use to his advantage against Belfort.

Belfort will seek to utilize his superior power and devestating strikes. He is described as a “heavy handed puncher” and has the ability to end fights with a single blow. He doesn’t favor the grappling fights and will seek to keep the fight standing as long as possible, while wearing down his opponent.

Ultimately, Belfort’s strength is going to give him the upper hand. Akiyama has a decent ability for takedowns, but will find himself outmatched against Belfort, as he probably won’t be able to win the fight on submission moves alone.

Johnny Hendricks vs. Mike Pierce

Hendricks -130; Pierce EVEN

9:00 PM EST

The two welterweights are at even odds and naturally experts are divided on who will stand at the end of this one. Johnny Hendricks has gone 7-1 over his career with the UFC and WEC and last fought against Anthony Waldburger in March. He is trying to get things going again after suffering his first career los to Rick Story back in December of 2010.

Pierce, meanwhile, has a three fight win streak going (after defeating Kenny Robertson, Amilcar Alves, and Julio Paulino).

Both fighters have a college wrestling career under their belts and once the fight takes to the floor, it should get interesting, as both fighters are well versed in submission moves.

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