Mike Pyle (+225) vs Rory McDonald (-285) Welterweights Pyle is a gizzled veteran riding a three-fight win streak and one just three fighters to beat Jon Fitch. McDonald is a top prospect lone loss was to Carlos Condit and comes off a dominating win Nate Diaz. McDonald is the much stronger of the two and by far the wrestler. Thinking that McDonald will keep this on the ground as much of the 15 minutes as he can in grinding out an easy decision.
Jorge Rivera (-155) vs Constantinos Phillipou (+125) Middleweights Rivera is a 35-year veteran of the MMA wars and has a solid of opponents. The problem is all losses to the top notch guys as career nears it’s end. Tonight, it would seem Rivera gets a , an easy touch, as he faces Matt Sera-trained Phillipou who lost UFC fight to Nick Cantone, taking the fight on a week’s notice.
Rivera puts the smaller man to sleep with well placed shot on the chin win by early KO.
Brian Ebersole (-115) vs Dennis Hallman (-115) Welterweights !!! 129 fights between these two guys and yes the odds are correct both men at -115. Amazingly enough, Ebersole has never been out in his 63 fights. He’s riding an eight-fight win streak recently beating Chris Lytle at UFC 127. Hallman owns two wins the great Matt Hughes and 38 of his 50 career wins have come by . Ebersole has tapped 9X in his career so will call Hallman submission in a bettle of two “cagey” vets.
Vitor Belfort (-370) vs Yoshihiro Akiyama (+280) Middleweights sure that both these guys might be somewhat overrated. Belfort off KO loss to Anderson Silva when he was put to sleep with a kick inside of 30 seconds. Akiyama is off B2B losses to Leben and and is one of the few Japanese fighters with an iron chin. The here is probably done in the UFC, Akiyama for sure. Belfort does the lightning fast hands but is suspect to the flash KO himself.
We’ll take Akiyama on the “wounded animal is the most dangerous” theory the night’s major upset.
Rashad Evans (-400) vs Tito Ortiz (+300) Light-Heavtweights Ortiz saved his UFC life by choking out an ill-prepared Ryan Bader his last. He takes this fight on five weeks notice as a favor to after Jon Jones pulled out with an injury. Ortiz kills two birds one stone knowing he’ll get paid and not get jacked after this . Rashad Evans comes in off a long layoff (14 months) after knee and also fights for the first time out of the Greg Jackson . These two fought to a draw in the early part of Evans career but much better know even probably being hampered with cage rust. Tito tough but can’t see any scenario other than Evans winning by an easy unanimous decision.