Ryan Bader heads into his bout with Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 28 feeling confident. Fans of online gambling might yet find that the American can offer them some good value when it comes to fight night. Many fans of MMA may think that that confidence Bader has shown in the run-up to the fight is misplaced, with Teixera looking so commanding in recent times. But Bader has enough assets of his own to know that he has at least a fighting chance against the Brazilian.
Indeed, some observers may point to Teixeira’s record and question as to why the Brazilian is going into the bout as such as fancied favourite. Bader has, after all, squared up to some of the best fighters in he light heavyweight division, and acquitted himself well. Teixeira, in contrast, is yet to take on any of the real big names in UFC. Bader’s wins over the likes of Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira show that, on his day, the American can live with anyone in his division. Defeats to men like Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida have also shown that Bader has plenty of heart and guts, and will meet any challenge head on. This quality, surely, will play a part in determining his Bodog sportsbook odds when fight night arrives.
“I love to be in this position to have everybody counting me out,” Bader told reporters recently, and his position as underdog may well suit him, with the lack of expectation lessening the pre-fight pressure. There is no doubt, though, that he wil face a formidable opponent in the shape of the man from Sobralia, Brazil. Teixeira has enjoyed a sporadic, if impressive, career, in terms of tangible success. His record may not be the main reason for the Bodog odds favouring him, then, but his fierce talent is undeniable.
Teixeira has shown few flaws in his UFC career, so far anyway. Bader, though, believes that there are weaknesses which can be tested. The Brazilian’s 18-fight winning streak has come largely through bouts with lesser known fighters, and Bader means to put Teixeira under some real pressure. Four out of Bader’s last six fights have been against champions or former champions, and experiencing that kind of test in recent times will surely serve the American well. Anyone betting on sports at Bodog88.com may fancy Bader to give them some good value on fight night.
The three recent defeats that Bader has suffered have come against champions, and the American might be justified in thinking that he is the toughest fighter who Teixeira has faced so far in his career. Certainly, some of the talk coming from the Brazilian’s camp about his plans after beating Bader, which include a possible battle against Jon Jones, might well be a little premature. The best sportsbook odds do seem to back the Brazilian’s assessment of his own skills, though.
Fans of online sports gambling may well find it hard to pick a winner in this case, then. Teixiera, after all, has has beaten three out of his four opponents so far by knockout or submission. Those victories have also come inside the first two rounds. Bader is also returning from an MCL (medial collateral ligament) injury in his knee, which could yet have an effect on his performance. The American has good, solid wrestling ability, and some real power in his fists, but Teixeira would seem to have all the tools to deal with anything Bader can throw at him. A lot in this fight might come down to the sheer courage and heart of Bader, against an opponent who looks athletically and stylistically his superior.
The online gambling odds would seem to favour the Brazilian, at this stage, but if fans of Bodog sports betting want to lay a potentially lucrative wager, they could do worse than favour Bader in UFC Fight Night 28. The man from Reno, Nevada has a point to prove.