We’re rolling into the beast that is UFC 214 on fire! It’s been profits all over the board lately, and we’re gonna keep it that way this weekend. “I plan to be one of the top brokers in my firm next year, and I’m not gonna get there by being wrong.”
Drew Dober vs Josh Burkman:
Listen, no disrespect to Burkman, but he sucks. He’s 37 years, holds a 28-15 record, and has 5 losses in his last 6 fights. Dober isn’t gonna be fighting for UFC gold anytime soon, or anytime at all for that matter. But the way Burkman has looked lately I’m confident I could step in the cage Saturday night and win a decisive unanimous decision. #sorrynotsorryjosh. Dober at -350.
Jarred Brooks vs Eric Shelton:
Brooks makes his UFC debut at 12-0 with a high level wrestling pedigree, where Shelton competed on TUF 24 making it to the semifinals before falling to the eventual winner, Tim Elliot. Shelton sits at 10-3 with 5 wins by some form of submission. This has all the makings to be a highly entertaining 125 lbs fight, and I like Shelton to use his jiu-jitsu to spoil Brooks’ debut. Shelton at +125.
Aljamain Sterling #8 vs Renan Barao #14:
This is the toughest fight on the card to call, Barao used to be the best fighter in the world, and since losing to TJ Dillishaw twice, and then losing to Jeremy Stephens he just hasn’t looked the same. He actually looks broken. But at only 30, I feel there’s still hope for him to regain elite form. Sterling on the other hand is just 27, but is 0-2 against top 10 opponents. The winner takes a huge step forward, while the loser is left looking for what’s wrong with their game. Look for Barao to use his jiu-jitsu to tie Sterling into a knot. Tough call, but I’m going with the former champ. Barao at +105.
Jimi Manuwa #3 vs Volkan Oezdemir #5:
Man, this will be a fun way to kick off the main card! Both these men are known for their striking skills, especially Manuwa who has blasted his last two opponents into outer space with his hands. Volkan is 2-0 in the UFC with two ultra-impressive wins over big time favorites Misha Cirkunov and OSP.. he’ll be the dog again on Saturday, but won’t make it 3 in a row if the plan is to stand and trade with Jimi. Manuwa at -185.
Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino NA vs Tonya Evinger NA:
I’m gonna keep this short and sweet. There’s a reason Cyborg is -1100, yeah you read that right. She’s the best female fighter of all-time, 17-1, 15 knockouts and currently riding a 12 year winning streak. There’s a 99% chance she KO’s Evinger and claims the vacant featherweight title. There’s also a 1% chance Cybrog slips on the mat and Evinger jumps on top and submits her. I’ll be taking Cyborg in a parlay situations only, and I’ll be putting some coin on Evinger because well, +650 is +650. Both.
Tyron Woodley (C) vs Demian Maia #1:
Demian Maia is the best jiu-jitsu fighter to ever compete in MMA. He’ll keep grabbing at you till he gets a grip, and once he sinks his claws in, it’s just a matter of time before the fight is over. Woodley, is the hardest hitting welterweight I’ve ever seen, and has an elite D1 college wrestling background. The key is Woodley keeping his distance and landing one of those right hands that’ll have any man on earth eating out of a tube for a month. I think Maia will be sitting in a dark room for a weeks after this fight. Woodley at -205.