3 Picks For UFC 193 From Australia
Champion Ronda Rousey (-1600) vs. #7 Holly Holm (+800) – Bantamweight
The announcement of a Rousey/Holm tilt for the bantamweight title was a bit of a surprise when Dana White sorted out this matchup earlier this year. Miesha Tate was initally promised another shot at the championship, but it looks like the UFC would prefer that Holly Holm go up against the sport’s biggest star. As you can see, Rousey is the overwhelming favourite and her collection of dominant wins backs up that status. Holm, who currently holds a 9-0 professional MMA record, will likely rely on her celebrated boxing background to catch the champ before things hit the mat. Rousey is unquestionably more of a threat when it comes to grappling and submissions, although she also says she can use the lack of coverage of her striking ability to her advantage as well. Is there any universe where you can pick against Rousey in this fight? Etihad Stadium in Melbourne bettter be ready for something electric in the Octagon when Rousey steps inside.
Our Pick: Rousey
Champion Joanna J?drzejczyk (-2000) vs. #9 Valérie Létourneau (+900) – Strawweight
Somehow Ronda Rousey isn’t the biggest favourite on this Aussie card. Polish MMA phenom Joanna J?drzejczyk is a whopping -2000 favourite in her bout with Valérie Létourneau. J?drzejczyk has left opponents a complete wreck after she’s done with them and devastating TKO wins over Carla Esparza and Jessica Penne. Superb striking in J?drzejczyk’s calling card and Létourneau will need to protect herself if she has any hope in this fight. Létourneau is capable in the grappling and submission game, but we wouldn’t say it’s her forte and that puts her in a troubling spot. The odds aren’t wrong. It would be a massive shocker if J?drzejczyk was upset at UFC 193.
Our Pick: J?drzejczyk
#8 Mark Hunt (-235) vs. #11 Antonio Silva (+185) – Heavyweight
There will be no shortage of action and damage inflicted when Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva exchange blows in Melbourne. Hunt comes into this bout looking for redemption after losing his last two fights, a scenario that previously face Silva at UFC 190 before he pummeled Soa Palelei for a second round TKO victory. This fight has a certain unfinished business element to it as Hunt/Silva I ended in a majority draw decision with Silva later getting popped for elevated testosterone even though he was undergoing UFC approved replacement therapy. We’re inclined to give the prediction nod to this clash’s favourite. Hunt’s back-to-back losses are more of an indication of the quality of competition he’s faced rather than an issue with his current skill/heart level.
Our Pick: Hunt
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