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BETUS BEST BETS: UFC 120 BISPING VS. AKIYAMA

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

by Damon D of BetUS.com

The UFC is in London, England for UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama. The main card features four U.K. fighters and the preliminaries have another four. The UFC has been pushing their brand in the U.K. and these cards are often showcases for the talented U.K. fighters. Looking at the card, the Brits are UFC betting favorites in three of the four main card fights, but the dogs are live at UFC 120.

Remember Spike TV will be showing UFC 120 on tape-delay free to American Audiences. These fights go off the board between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. EST, so get your bets in early to avoid disappointment.

Here’s my quick preview of the UFC 120 main card fights:

Michael Bisping: -220

Yoshihiro Akiyama: +175

(Middleweight 3 rounds)

Bisping is a huge favorite in this fight, but Akiyama has just one loss in five years. He’s beaten the best that Japan has to offer. If it weren’t for a seemingly indestructible Chris Leben, this fight would be close to a pick ’em.  Akiyama delivered a ton of damage to Leben and came close to stopping him at several moments in the fight. He’s going to take Bisping to the ground and force the Brit to fight from his back. Another factor that some are overlooking is that Akiyama has switched to Greg Jackson’s fight team. Jackson will have the Japanese legend at 100 percent and execute a smart game plan, something that he was lacking against Leben. The only thing that can save Bisping is partisan British Judging.

Dan Hardy: -175

Carlos Condit: +145

(Welterweight 3 rounds)

Some would argue that this fight should have top billing as Hardy is fresh off a Welterweight title fight and Condit is a former WEC welterweight champion. Regardless of where this fight is on the card, it will likely be the fight of the night. Hardy is an excellent boxer with heavy hands. Condit is well rounded with a ton of experience. Condit isn’t afraid to mix it up standing or on the ground. His superior ground game that wins Condit this fight.

John Hathaway: -500

Mike Pyle: +350

(Welterweight 3 rounds)

John Hathaway is the one British Fighter on the main card I like. I like him a lot and so do the UFC odds makers. Hathaway is -500 coming into this fight. He’s undefeated in 14 fights, but it’s his wins over Rick Story and Diego Sanchez that makes me believe Hathaway is the next Brit to get a shot at the welterweight title. He’s an excellent stand up fighter with a long reach that will keep Pyle eating punches until he falls.

Travis Browne: +160

Cheick Kongo: -200

(Heavyweight 3 rounds)

Brown is a huge fighter; a huge undefeated fighter. He’s never had a fight go the distance in his 10 wins. I don’t think this fight will go the distance either, but this time Brown will be on the losing end. Kongo has years of experience, he has excellent stand-up and over the past couple of years his ground game has improved. This fight will be over quickly when Kongo takes Browne down and hits him with some ground and pound.

James Wilks: +150

Claude Patrick: -180

(Welterweight 3 rounds)

Neither fighter has fought well-known competition, but Patrick has beaten his unknown opponents more soundly than Wilks. Wilks won “The Ultimate Fighter Season 9,” but is 1-1 since and he hasn’t impressed in either. Patrick has had only one fight go to a decision; it was his only loss back in 2002. Patrick will win via submission in the second.

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