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UFC 171: American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas is the venue for this go around with (3) great fights on tap including Johny Hendricks (15-2)(-400) vs. Robbie Lawler (22-9)(+325), Carlos Condit (29-7-0)(-175) vs. Tyron Woodley (12-2)(+155) and Raquel Pennington (4-4-0)(+240) vs. Jessica Andrade (10-3-0)(-300). UFC 171 Picks. - 3/15
UFC 168: 2013 closes out with a strong card including Chris Weidman (10-0-0)(+120) vs. Anderson Silva (33-5-0)(-150), Chris Leben (22-10-0)(-220) vs. Uriah Hall (8-4-0)(+180) and Ronda Rousey (7-0-0)(-1000) vs. Miesha Tate (13-4-0)(+600). Tim likes all the underdogs! UFC 168 Picks. - 12/28
UFC 167: Highlighted by the Georges St. Pierre (24-2-0)(-225) vs. Johny Hendricks (15-1-0)(+175) brawl, oddsmakers think Hendricks has a shot here as evidenced by his short underdog odds. Other fights include Rashad Evans (23-3-1)(-164) vs. Chael Sonnen (29-13-1)(+136) and Josh Koscheck (19-7)(-125) vs. Tyron Woodley (11-2)(+185). UFC 167 Picks. - 11/16
UFC 165: Jones comes into this fight at the peak of his career and doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon. Vegas has him at -800 to win this fight which means they full expect him to beat up Gustafsson as well. Undercard includes Barao vs. Wineland and Philippou vs. Carmont. UFC 165 Picks. - 9/21
UFC 164: Card features Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis, Frank Mir vs. Josh Barnett and Chad Mendes vs. Clay Guida. UFC 164 Picks. - 8/31
UFC 162: Anderson Silva headlines the card as he takes on an undefeated Chris Weidman. Check out Tim's takes here: UFC 162 Picks. - 7/6
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UFC 156 Picks - This is the best UFC card in a long time! Saturday's fights pair up: Alistair Overeem (36-11) vs. Antonio Sliva (17-4), Rashad Evans (17-2-1) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (20-5) and Jose Aldo (21-1) vs. Frankie Edgar (14-3-1). - 2/3
UFC on Fox 6 Preview: Saturday's card offers two killer mixed martial arts fight which include Glover Teixeira vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson vs. John "The Magician" Dobson. Check out EG's take right here: UFC on Fox 6 Picks - 1/26
UFC 154: In front of his home crowd, fan favorite Georges St. Pierre looks to defend his UFC Welterweight Title against Carlos "Natrual Born Killer" Condit. Evergreen also gives his taken on the matchup between Johny "Bigg Rigg" Hendricks vs. Martin "Hitman" Kampmann in what should be a reall good bout: UFC 154 Picks. - 11/17
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship - The announcement came out yesterday (10/16) that this match will take place in April of 2013 and Bovada Sportsbook has already put out odds on the fight!
Jon "Bones" Jones -650
Chael Sonnen +425
UFC 153: Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar headlines another great event! Other fights include: Erick Silva vs. Jon Fitch and Demian Maia vs. Rick Story. Check out Evergreen's take here: UFC 153 Picks. - 10/13
UFC 152: Evergreen gives his analysis and UFC 152 Picks for the Jon "Bones" Jones vs. Vitor Belfort, Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson and Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann fights. - 9/22
UFC 150: Evergreen gives his fight analysis for Henderson vs. Edgar II, Donald “The Cowboy” Cerrone (18-4-0, 1NC) vs. Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard (47-11-3, 1NC) and Jake Shields (27-6-1) vs. Ed “Short Fuse” Herman (20-7). Check out his UFC 150 Picks before placing your bets! - 8/11
UFC 149: This event will still be special despite being decimated by injuries. UFC 149 will feature a monster bout between Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao. Check out Evergreen's prediction to win right here: UFC 149 Picks. - 7/21
UFC News and Notes (7/13)
Digesting UFC 148... There seems to be a fair amount of open speculation surrounding the main event combatants from last weekend as several scenarios are floating around about the futures of Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen and the Middleweight Division itself.
It won't mean much since there is no suspension forthcoming but the Nevada State Athletic Commission did warn Anderson Silva about his shoulder shove at the UFC 148 weigh-ins. The move was out of character for the champion but he will have to be on his best behavior for a while, just in case.
At 37, Silva could decide at any point that he has had enough of the Ocatgon but it seems unlikely that he would announce a retirement in the immediate future, especially since he is mostly healthy for a fighter of his years. There has to be some motivation to retire and vacate the belt versus losing it but it seems probable that Silva would get an almost automatic rematch should he lose, so there is really no scenario that has the Spider in the cage and not fighting for the belt.
Sonnen said that he would leave the UFC if he couldn't best Silva but that was all for promotional purposes. The problem for the 35 year old comes in getting another title shot since there will be little fan support to see Silva v. Sonnen III after two losses in two years. While some other 185-pounders take their shot, Chael has hinted at a move up to 205lbs. Sonnen entered the UFC as a light heavyweight and he could always come back to middleweight if Silva retires or if there is no better contender.
Speaking of contenders… Chris Weidman asserted himself as a potential suitor for the middleweight crown after a knockout win against Mark Munoz on Fuel TV. Weidman, now 9-0, is about as hot as anyone in the division and promises a tough test for Silva if given a full training camp. Mark Munoz drops to 12-3 and faces a 180 day medical suspension with 30 days of no contact after a vicious elbow ended his night. As always, fighters can be cleared by medical professionals and not serve the full medical suspension.
Evans wants in, too… Rashad Evans is planning a practice cut to 185 pounds in order to see if he can win a title shot against Anderson Silva. "Suga" has fought at heavyweight already, so dropping another class would be difficult to do while maintaining his strength but he may have a better shot at getting a middleweight title match than another at light heavyweight.
Te Huna wins, but probably doesn't feel like it… The Fuel TV battle between David Te Huna and Joey Beltran was so much of a war that the winner emerged in rougher shape than the loser. Te Huna got the W but received arm and foot fractures that will keep him on the shelf for a while (180 day medical) with the loser Beltran getting a 60 day breather after absorbing nearly 200 blows. This was great fight that deserves consideration for fight of the year so far.
A fight I want to see… Shane Carwin and Roy "Big Country" Nelson have been tabbed as coaches for season 16 of The Ultimate Fighter. Carwin (12-2) and Nelson (17-7) have been trading jabs on Twitter for a while now so they have the requisite dislike for each other that makes for good reality show material as well as a good fight. Both heavyweights are looking to take a step up in the division and both are among the best one punch knockout artists on the UFC roster. I can't imagine this matchup going down any other way than with an all-out, toe-to-toe slugfest. Let's hope there are no injuries or other circumstances that keep these two from squaring off in the TUF finale.
UFC 148: Forrest Griffin takes on a struggling Tito Ortiz and Anderson Silva brings his nasty 29-4 record into Vegas against Chael Sonnen. Check out Evergreen's analysis on this event here: UFC 148 Picks. - 7/7
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